Planners back rezoning application

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Jul 16, 2014 - 01:01 PM

The Gloucester County Planning Commission recommended approval of the lone rezoning application it considered last Thursday night.

During a meeting in the colonial courthouse, the commission raised no objections to the application of David and Betty DeAlba, property owners, who want to rezone approximately 16.8 acres on Adams Creek View Lane, located north of Island Road in the Petsworth Magisterial District.

Planner Sean McNash said the property has had traditional uses of single-family residential and agricultural. In 2011, a fire destroyed a permanent residence on the property, McNash said in his staff report, and the DeAlbas want to place a manufactured home where that house had been located and continue agricultural uses there.

The commission supported the DeAlbas’ reclassification from SC-1 (Suburban Countryside) to RC-1 (Rural Countryside). The application now proceeds to the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, which will hold its own public hearing and then vote on the application.

In other business, the commission discussed the Highway Corridor Overlay District again, as instructed by the supervisors. But the commission took no votes on that matter, instead making a series of suggestions on everything from the name of the district to setbacks and landscaping there.