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Gloucester’s zoning ordinance undergoing update

Gloucester County is in the midst of updating its zoning ordinance, which saw its last major update in 1998.

Anne Ducey-Ortiz, director of zoning and planning, said that the ordinance review is still in its early stages. She expects the preliminary review, now being conducted by planners and the Gloucester County Planning Commission, should be completed by late 2018.

This will be followed with focus groups and public input, she said, which may see the Gloucester Board of Supervisors receiving the proposed update for its consideration perhaps in 2019.

The ordinance first went into effect in July 1984, Ducey-Ortiz said, and the changes are being considered to bring the Gloucester ordinance into compliance with State Code. Also, changes were earlier suggested by a Business Development Focus Group and comments planning staff received while interacting with the public.

Ducey-Ortiz said staff limitations had hindered an ordinance review. But senior planner Carol Rizzio has studied the or...

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