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Gloucester board takes hard look at overlay district

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is in the process of attempting to make development in the county more business-friendly by taking a hard look at Gloucester’s Highway Corridor Overlay District (HCOD) and possibly repealing part or all of its requirements.

Though no direct action was taken by the board during its meeting Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse, supervisors did vote 5-0 (York district supervisor Phillip Bazzani and Gloucester Point district supervisor Chris Hutson absent) to adopt a resolution to refer a proposed amendment to repeal the HCOD to the Gloucester County Planning Commission for a June 5 public hearing. The board of supervisors will also hold a joint meeting with the commission that night in the colonial courthouse.

At-large supervisor John Meyer Jr., who asked that the matter be placed on Tuesday night’s agenda, said the HCOD originated in the county’s 1991 comprehensive plan. At that time, the county had seen a rapid growth ov...

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