Long-range future of Court House area topic of hearing

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Dec 26, 2012 - 12:55 PM

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the long-range future of Gloucester Court House and how it should be developed during a hearing next Thursday night.

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, in the colonial courthouse. A hearing on the Gloucester Court House Village Sub-Area Plan will begin at 7:45.

Planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said the proposed plan will be an addendum to the county’s Comprehensive Plan, which is currently being revised. The area being discussed extends beyond the usual village boundaries, Ducey-Ortiz said, and includes the village core, heading away from the village slightly north of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and out Fiddlers Green Road. Also, to the south the area under discussion will include the Fox Mill Centre corridor and down to Burleigh Road, while out toward Mathews the village corridor extends down Route 14 to the 7-Eleven store on Crab Thicket Road.

The public hearing follows two public meetings held earlier this year, Ducey-Ortiz said, and months of discussion by a steering committee working with consultants. The county has been working on the village project in conjunction with the Main Street Preservation Trust.

"We all look forward to hearing the reaction of citizens to the ideas about the vision of the future for the Court House village put forward in this draft plan," said Jenny Crittenden, executive director of MSPT.

A draft plan indicates possible improvements in transportation, land use and amenities as varied as additional vehicle parking and broadband.