Planners review utilities portion of comp plan

Bill Nachman - Posted on Apr 10, 2013 - 02:15 PM

The Gloucester Planning Commission reviewed the community facilities chapter of the county’s comprehensive plan during a meeting last Thursday night in the colonial courthouse.

Planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said the comp plan review, which has been underway for a number of months, is expected to be completed in order to have public hearings on the matter before the end of the year.

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission is serving as consultant for the comprehensive plan review, with several personnel changes at that agency slowing the process.

A report included in the commission agenda packet said "planning for public utilities is crucial to the successful growth of any community."

"Gloucester County provides its residents and businesses with clean water from both surface and groundwater sources," the report said. The county operates a community water system which provides water to approximately 12,700 people, with service area along Route 17 providing water to neighborhoods and businesses between Gloucester Court House and Gloucester Point. The surface water treatment plant at Beaverdam Reservoir has a capacity to deliver two million gallons per day and was "designed and built to accommodate future expansion readily," with a reverse osmosis plant (completed in 2003) capable of treating up to two million gallons of water per day.