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Height of commercial buildings topic of next planning meeting

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about height of commercial buildings at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 8, in the colonial courthouse.

The proposed change to the county’s zoning ordinance would allow principal structures containing retail stores, shops and offices in the B-2 Village Business Zoning District to be built to a height of 60 feet—compared to the current maximum height of 45 feet, planning and zoning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz said.

Planner Emily Gibson said for structures more than 45 feet, the setback from Main Street shall be 35 feet from the right of way. The front yard setback shall remain five feet for buildings not greater than 45 feet tall. County staff said the proposed ordinance change is in response to Walter Alford, a Mathews developer who has worked on behalf of the Hall Family Trust to renovate Edgehill Town Center on Main Street. Alford is seeking the higher height standard, in part, Gibson said Dec. 23, in order...

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