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Hearing tonight on hazard mitigation plan

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 tonight in the colonial courthouse on the Hazard Mitigation Open Space Management Plan.

HMGP is a program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency that provides grants to states and localities to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration, a county notice said.
The purpose of the program is to reduce loss of life and report in the event of a natural disaster, said planning and zoning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz.

Gloucester County has applied for, and been awarded, grant funding after such weather events as Isabel, Ernesto, Gaston and the winter storms of 2009-2010. Elevating structures and acquiring properties under the HMGP began in Gloucester in 2005.

Ducey-Ortiz said the open space plan broadly describes the county’s plans for the use and maintenance of properties acquired under the HMGP. The program requires such properties to remain as open space in per...

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