Hold Meeting On GC&P Plan

Problem solved — or let us hope it was by Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement on Thursday.

Wheeling Planning Commission members have wanted for weeks to hold a public meeting regarding the GC&P Development plan for a hilltop overlooking the city’s Woodsdale neighborhood. It calls for construction of a massive mixed-use development at the site.

It had been hoped the public meeting could be held on June 8, but that idea had to be scrapped because of state restrictions meant to limit the spread of COVID-19. For several weeks, gatherings of more than 25 people have been banned.

Officials had devised a proposal that would have permitted the social distancing — at least 6 feet of separation between people — advocated by public health officials. Had the meeting proceeded, it might have been held at a large venue such as the White Palace in Wheeling Park or WesBanco Arena in the city’s downtown business district. The 25-person limit forced that idea to be abandoned.

But on Thursday, Justice announced that restriction is being relaxed. Gatherings of as many as 100 people will be permissible now.

That should be adequate to hold a public meeting regarding the GC&P Development plan. Even allowing for a dozen or so planning commissioners and city staff members, the 100-person limit ought to permit participation by the public.

A regular planning commission meeting is scheduled for Monday. There may not be enough time between now and then to arrange for public attendance to discuss the GC&P Development plan. However, panel members could set a place and a date later this month for such a meeting. They should do so.


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