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Gloucester planners mull over changes to Highway Corridor Overlay District

The Gloucester County Planning Commission recommended changes to the current Highway Corridor Overlay District during a meeting Thursday night in the colonial courthouse.

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 23 meeting asked the commission to review the HCOD ordinance and to report back to the board within 100 days with recommendations for minimizing the scope and impact of the ordinance, perhaps making it less restrictive.

County Attorney Ted Wilmot said after last Thursday’s meeting that the supervisors will review the HCOD and may send it back to the commission for further review. Separate public hearings by the commission and county board may be held this summer, he said.

As now defined, the HCOD applies along the entire length of Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) in Gloucester, planning and zoning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said, as well as in B-4 (Rural Business) zones. Also, the designation applies to Route 3/14 (John Clayton Memorial Highway), and...

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