Growth Within the Urban Growth Boundary
In this scenario, development is concentrated inside the Charles Town and Ranson Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs), where growth can be served by existing utilities and transportation infrastructure. Much of the area outside of these boundaries is retained in agricultural land, open space, or low-density residential uses.
Parks, Trails and Greenways Outcomes
- Less car traffic on US 340 and nearby roads
- Intersection upgrades and other improvements would need to wait for state or federal funding
Community Services Outcomes
- Allows for the conservation of land for future parks and walking/biking trails
- New parks / trails would require public funding
- Less need for additional services such (police, fire protection, EMS, schools, etc)
- Smaller amount of tax revenues to pay for community service needs that are currenly unmet
Economic Opportunities Outcomes
Land Use Planning Outcomes
- Retail / employment focused inside the Charles Town and Ranson urban growth boundaries
- Modest increase in potential employment opportunities
- Smaller land area available to new businesses and industries, compared to other scenarios
Historic Resources Outcomes
- Broad area of open spaces, farmland, and rural areas preserved
- Fewer new homes could be built than in other scenarios
- Some existing commercial / industrial areas, and platted subdivisions, would need to be "downzoned"
- Requires funding to purchase existing development rights
- Less likely to affect historic resources and views than other scenarios
- Would not result in historic resources being restored and preserved as part of new developments.
- Some historic structures may fall into a state of neglect because of a lack of funding for repairs.