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Hearing Tuesday on Rt. 17 overlay district changes

Following months of discussions, revisions and tweaking, Gloucester’s amended Highway Corridor Overlay District will go to public hearing Tuesday night.

During the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 8 o’clock in the colonial courthouse, business owners and other members of the public will have an opportunity to express opinions on whether proposed changes to the ordinance will help make the county more attractive to businesses, or if lessening restrictions would have a negative impact on the aesthetics of Route 17.

According to Gloucester’s planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz, the proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance are intended to encourage development along the county’s main corridor, Route 17, within the designated development district by reducing some regulations, and eliminating others, currently imposed along the designated corridor.

She said the proposal renames the district Highway Corridor Development District and modifies the...

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