Board approves allowing awnings to encroach on setback

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 13, 2013 - 12:25 PM

The overall façade along Gloucester’s Main Street has yet another opportunity to be improved, as the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning amendment to allow awnings to encroach into the required setback and state right-of-way in the B-2 (Village Business) district.

Supervisors held a public hearing Nov. 6 in the colonial courthouse, where two people spoke in favor of the zoning amendment.

York district resident Rodney Hockaday supported the amendment, saying it will go toward helping the 50/50 match grant program the Gloucester Main Street Association offers businesses along Main Street to help improve their facades.

Also, Jenny Crittenden, executive director of the Main Street Preservation Trust, said awnings have the power to improve aesthetics and will also help businesses to save on rising energy costs.