The City of Ranson’s project to update its Comprehensive Plan is getting closer to the finish line, with the City’s planning commission and council expected to review a final draft for approval in early 2024. November 30 is the last day for the public to make comments on the current draft (public comment is open to al county residents, regardless of whether you live inside or outside of the city limits).
Concerns about county-wide effects of Ranson’s future development were raised by Dr. Christine Wimer of the Jefferson County Foundation at the November 6 planning commission meeting. She noted that the northern section of Ranson near Kearneysville (which includes the Rockwool industrial site) is surrounded by county land that is zoned rural and residential, and that a proposed reclassification of this parcel to “production” potentially opens the door to rezoning for more intensive industrial. You can read more about the concerns at the Jefferson County Foundation website.
The proposed “production” zone (shown on the map above) corresponds to the area in white marked with an “r” on the current Jefferson County future land use map (below). The county map shows the surrounding areas designated for rural (light green), low density residential (greed with dots), and high-density residential (orange). The area shaded in purple at the lower right of this map is the Burr-Bardane business park.