MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County commissioners are advancing a plan to enact subdivision regulations.

The policies will be designed to guarantee safe and adequate streets, utilities, and drainage. Developers use the standards to construct developments that conform to county regulations.

Variances are still possible for areas where terrain or circumstances make compliance too costly or not practical.

“Patterns for roads in Monongalia County are struggling under the load of new development, which is a good thing, but we’ve also identified that infrastructure is inadequate,” said Andrew Gast-Bray, the Monongalia County director of planning. “We’ve been struggling with stormwater issues and washouts.”

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom said the standard rules will be good for development.

“For all of those developers that do it correctly and then hear concerns from those who don’t follow the rules,” he said. “This way, everyone will be treated equally and everyone knows the form.”

Beginning in October, the commission is planning to hold public meetings with the goal of drafting a final plan by the end of November. If adopted, the rules could take effect in March 2020.