Walkable community would boost Gloucester Point economy, memo states
Creating a "walkable, village-like environment" might benefit lower Gloucester County, planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said.
In a July 26 memorandum to the Gloucester Planning Commission, Ducey-Ortiz and planner Emily Gibson wrote that employing "mixed-use development and traditional neighborhood design elements would improve the economic vitality of the existing commercial areas as well as improve the quality of life for citizens surrounding these areas."
"It is our hope," they wrote, that "through better planning and implementation, these areas located off the Route 17 corridor in Gloucester Point and Hayes could become more of a destination for residents of the county as well as tourists and commuters that pass through the county."
The staff has been working since last fall on a planning effort concentrated in the southern portion of Gloucester, Ducey-Ortiz said, and an update on the project will be presented at the commission meeting at 7:30 tonight in the colonial courthouse.