Planning is the nexus between architecture, engineering, and social science and is concerned with working to provide opportunities to people to enable optimal social, health, and economic outcomes. Good planning involves understanding how development is occurring in a specific area, in relationship to the wider community, region, state, country, or world. Planning is a process by which individuals think of concerns related to their interaction with the physical world, and propose preferred outcomes.

The City of Parkersburg’s 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan Update is a general guide for development in the City of Parkersburg. Enabled by the West Virginia State Code and maintained by the Municipal Planning Commission, this document ensures that future land development is consistent with the goals and objectives of the community. Included in this document are elements related to transportation, community facilities, land use, natural resources, and housing. This document provides a basis for local decision-making and establishes a method for accomplishing specific objectives.


  1. 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan
  2. Development Types Handbook Appendix
  3. Trends and Forces Appendix
  4. Plan Maps
  5. 2021-2026 Capital Infrastructure Plan