Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg is taking on changes.
“No new residential is allowed in the 65 area zone to comply with the FAA regulations and any commercial or manufacturing will also have to have the soundproofing that is associated with that,” said Dana Keith, Berkeley County Council Planner.
Essentially, any commercial or residential property in the new zones are not affected.
“The current homes that are there, we’re not making them tear it down,” said Keith. “We’re not making them soundproof their homes, nothing like that. It’s just future use of their homes could change based on the impact of this.”
Martinsburg resident Eric Stewart attended the public meeting. He says he’s relieved to see the county taking a proactive approach.
“The airport, I have felt for years, has been underutilized,” said Stewart.
And possibly see this change create a boom in job opportunities.
“To be able to offer jobs that are better paying and lucrative to them,” said Keith.
Stewart also owns a farm nearby. Planning officials say farm life is one of the highest of the county.
“We’re trying to protect what’s there and prevent massive housing developments going up in that area,” said Keith.
September is when Berkeley County Council will decide whether they will revise the zoning ordinance or approve of it.