About 75 people attended the Aug. 9 town hall meeting at Abingdon Elementary School regarding the Gloucester Point/Hayes Village Development Area. Gloucester Point district supervisor Bobby Crewe hosted the meeting and county planning staff and steering committee members were on hand to answer questions about the proposal.
Last Tuesday’s town hall was the latest in a series of meetings to inform the public and get feedback from the community on the proposal. During initial meetings, which began in the fall of last year, several residents expressed concern that the project was being forced on them and may impact their properties.
However, planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz, planner Emily Gibson and Crewe said that over time, many residents seem to have become more comfortable with the plan and somewhat excited about its potential to bring a renewed sense of community to the Gloucester Point area.
"I think many understand now that we’re not talking about development encroaching into existing residential areas, but how we can make existing residential developments better," Ducey-Ortiz said. Gibson said county staff is trying to get across to those in existing residential developments that "we’re not going to forget about you, but provide services and accessibility to you also."