CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Imagine Charleston comprehensive plan, an annexation and the renaming of Kennawa Drive to Curtis Price Way will all go before Charleston City Council for final approval.
Council's Planning Committee gave the green light for those proposals at meeting Monday evening.
Committee members lauded the efforts of city leaders, consultants and the city planning department in the creation of Imagine Charleston.
The plan will guide Charleston's development and planning efforts for at least the next decade.
Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis, who is on the planning committee, said she was impressed with the process, and commended the public involvement with the development of Imagine Charleston.
"It's actually been phenomenal," she said.
Planning Director Dan Vriendt said the public, combined with the expertise of the consultants, contributed to the success of Imagine Charleston.
"The city was engaged in the process," he said, referring to residents. "These consultants really went the extra mile."
Consultants from the MKSK, LSL Planning and GAI Consultants all contributed to different parts of Imagine Charleston.
"I think (the consultants) enjoyed the engagement they saw here," said Councilman Jack Harrison, another planning committee member.
Imagine Charleston is still available to view online. A public hearing on the plan will be held at city council's Oct. 7 meeting before a final vote.
Committee members also approved the annexation of about 22 acres into the city. The annexed area includes the new Wallace's Point subdivision and a portion of the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve.
The developers of the subdivision requested the annexation because the rest of the development is already in city limits. The developers own all the land requested to be annexed, except for a small, two-acre section of the nature preserve.
That part of the preserve also needs to be annexed because not doing so would create a "donut hole" of county land surrounded by the city.
State Sen. Brooks McCabe, who is one of the developers, said a road into the subdivision from Stonehenge Road and utility work should be complete by the end of October. Two of the proposed lots are already under contract, he said.
Committee members said renaming Kennawa Drive to Curtis Price Way would honor community leader Curtis Price, who died of cancer in May.
Price was a basketball standout at Charleston High School and West Virginia University. After a career-ending injury, he became the youngest basketball coach in the nation at age 21 as the coach of the West Virginia State College men's basketball team.
He later worked for the Job Corps around the country and eventually became the director of the Charleston Job Corps Center.
The center is reached by taking Kennawa Drive, meaning if the name is changed, visitors would use Curtis Price Way to visit the center at which Curtis Price was an influential figure.
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