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Gloucester planners to consider rezoning fee change tonight

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 tonight in the colonial courthouse with a public hearing scheduled about rezoning fees.

Planner Tripp Little said the cost per acre will go down, if the change is approved, but the base fee—which helps cover administrative fees and multiple departmental reviews—will remain the same.

As proposed, every rezoning would retain a base fee of $1,200, Little said. The per-acre cost would drop from the current $50 to $10.

Planning and zoning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said in a June 24 memorandum to the commission that the change would “serve to keep the fee schedule simple, be competitive with other localities, but still be effective at limiting careless applications for rezonings.”

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors referred the matter to the commission for its review and recommendation. A proposed draft ordinance from supervisors said “the board is of the opinion that public necessity, convenience,...

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