BZA approves seafood processing operation

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Apr 04, 2012 - 01:58 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request for a seafood processing operation during a meeting held March 27 in the colonial courthouse.

Property owner Donald A. Perry Jr. was granted permission to raise fish in cages in an existing freshwater pond. The property is located off Northwoods Lane in the Petsworth Magisterial District and is zoned Rural Countryside (RC-1).

Perry wants to raise channel catfish and rainbow trout.

No one spoke against the application during a public hearing, and the applicant spoke only briefly, said Gloucester planner Tripp Little. Staff recommended the special exception be granted.

Little said that the BZA set the following conditions on Perry’s operation:

—The use to be permitted and initiated within 12 months of BZA approval; hours of operation to be limited to daylight hours; no employees other than the owner(s); customers by appointment only, and a maximum of two customers on the premises at any time.