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Hearing next week on Gloucester Comprehensive Plan

The Gloucester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to get recommendations on updating the county’s Comprehensive Plan at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 3, in the colonial courthouse.

The plan is required by state code. The current plan was adopted by the county supervisors in 1991, and there have been several revisions and additions through the years, including portions about the Hayes/Gloucester Point and Gloucester Court House village area plans. The plan, or part of it, is required to be reviewed every five years.

A comp plan is a planning tool for the county, and is intended to help provide orderly growth over the next 20 years or longer. The plan spells out the community’s existing resources, as well as provides guidance for future projects like a new school or park.

One of the proposed revisions is to allow more density in the village areas, which are located along Route 17 and served by public water and sewer, according to Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Gloucester&rs...

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