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Drilling operation to go before Zoning Board

WEIRTON — The next meeting of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals will include a request for a mineral extraction operation within the city limits.

The board is set to meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, where it will hear a request from SWE Production Company for a conditional use permit “for mineral extraction off of Park Drive,” according to a legal advertisement published in The Weirton Daily Times on July 19.

Officials announced, during a June 22 council informational work session, the city had received an application for natural gas drilling in the Park Drive area, noting plans were focused on property located near the Rue21 distribution center.

Drilling operations would be issued permits by the state of West Virginia; however, such an operation also would require a conditional use permit under the terms of Weirton’s Unified Development Ordinance. The area targeted for the mineral extraction is located in a Planned Development District.

The Zoning Board, as part of Tuesday’s meeting, will take comments from all interested parties prior to making a decision on whether to issue the conditional use permit.

According to the legal advertisement, “Applicants must appear in person; all interested parties may appear in person or be represented by agent or attorneys or submit comments in writing giving reasons for either granting or denying this petition.”

The application is one of several requests set for Tuesday’s meeting. Other items include two requests from Sacred Heart of Mary, 200 Preston Ave., for construction of a new bell tower; a proposal to operate a bed and breakfast on Orchard Street; a sign request for a Marland Heights business; a sign request for a commercial property on Pennsylvania Avenue; and a residential property setback proposal.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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