Twenty communities across West Virginia have used Municipal Home Rule authority to implement a local program of issuing on-the-spot violation notices for dilapidated buildings. In these cities, code enforcement officials have the power to issue citations to negligent property owners in much the same way as they would write a traffic ticket. Such violations …
The record of applications for West Virginia’s State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit provide an indicator of redevelopment of underutilized historic buildings in the state.
In the past two years, at least 12 cities and towns across West Virginia have inventoried the abandoned and dilapidated properties in their communities.
There was a significant increase in the number of volunteer community cleanup events in West Virginia in 2016. In 2016, there were 187 community cleanups events registered with Make It Shine, a program of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), involving 6,889 volunteers.
Since the first WV SUN residential solar co-ops were formed in 2014, the program has grown to 11 locations across the state.
Since the passage of new legislation in 2015 providing liability protection for schools that allow the general public to use their playgrounds and gyms, 43 schools in West Virginia have passed formal Shared Use Agreements.
In 2016 Lumberport and Huntington became the latest communities in West Virginia to enact a Vacant Buildings Property Ordinance, bringing the total number of such communities in the state to 22.