CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A sustainable mountain community in Fayette County is hosting a conference Monday for county leaders who are developing or updating their cities' zoning plans.
Carl Frischkorn, the head of the Wild Rock West Virginia development, said the "Plan Fayette" conference is designed to help officials with their comprehensive zoning plans, per the state's mandate that each city update its plan by 2014.
The keynote speaker at Monday's conference is Joyce McConnell, dean of the WVU College of Law, who will discuss comprehensive community planning. Attendees will also hear from architects, a design historian and a construction specialist.
"We're hopeful that the community members who come to this conference will say, 'Here is a resource who understands good planning,' Frischkorn said.
Kathryn Burton, assistant professor in the design and merchandising division at West Virginia University, said she's going to talk about how revitalizing a city's downtown can have an impact on quality of life for residents.
She said Friday that one example of successful revitalization in Fayette County is a cafe in downtown Fayetteville that operates in a renovated church.
So while customers are eating, "they're sort of soaking up the ambiance of the historic structure," she said.
Chris Haddox, a green construction specialist and visiting professor at WVU, said he is going to explain how sustainability fits into the state's code about comprehensive planning.
Traditionally, people think about the economics and the environmental factors of a town separately, he said, but with sustainability planning, the two overlap. He said he's going to show a few diagrams that explain the relationships better and will give people ideas about how to plan for them.
An hour-long Q-and-A with the panel of speakers will follow the presentations.
Frischkorn said other topics that might get raised for discussion include how the influx of Boy Scouts coming to the Jamboree will affect the county and what the county might look like in the future years.
The event is already closed because of limited seating.Reach Alison Matas at alison.ma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.