Home Rule Impacts Dilapidated Property Policies

Several municipalities in West Virginia use home rule as a tool to expand their authority to address vacant and dilapidated properties. For instance, some proposed ordinances that allow city officials to give warnings and citations on-the-spot when they observe a nuisance or property code violation, and others created vacant property registries. To give you an idea of types of dilapidated property proposals enacted by W.Va. cities through home rule, the West Virginia Community Development Hub put together this handy list. Find detailed highlights of dilapidated building proposals in the WVU Land Use Clinic’s LEAP toolkit appendix G.

The Legislature is currently reviewing the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Project to determine whether it should be expanded or eliminated — read more here about the program’s impact and the implications of a currently proposed bill to alter the program.