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County board considers loosening its Bay requirements

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is considering changing the county’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, which currently incorporates a countywide Resource Management Area, to more site-specific requirements, requiring 100-foot setbacks in certain areas from wetlands and/or the floodplain. The move would make it easier to pave the way for commercial development in the county.

The board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to direct staff to draft two ordinance changes, one where the RMA comprises a 100-foot setback from the Resource Protection Agency and another where the RMA comprises a combination of the 100-foot setback from the RPA and the 100-year floodplain. Whichever draft ordinance change the board recommends adopting at its Aug. 2 meeting would then have to be sent to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality for final approval before coming back to the board of supervisors for a public hearing and final approval.

Over the past several months, supervisors ...

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