I'm a big supporter of business growth in the Friendly City, but for a business to see a major zone change to accomodate its plan, there needs to BE a plan. Developers recently appeared before the Wheeling Planning Commission for a zone change from single family residential to commercial.
It MAY be an idea with merit. But it was an idea with no details. No plan, no suggestion of a plan, no hint of what they might be considering, no offer to meet in private so competetive details wouldn't come out--just a request to change the zoning for 95 acres of land because they MIGHT want to do something with it.
As chair of the Planning Commission, I moderated a 2-hour-plus public meeting where dozens of neighbors to the proposed site presented a litany of concerns and complaints. Frankly, none of them really made any difference, at least to me, because we're not going to buy a "pig in a poke". The PC roundly denied the request.
Wheeling Council this week decides whether to accept the commission recommendation. I fully expect them to, although the neighbors are worried.
Whatever council decides, the zone change can come back again in 6 months. If it does, I hope the developers will give themselves a chance to let the city discuss the merits of the proposal--by telling us what it.