Gloucester planners meet tonight

- Posted on Sep 04, 2019 - 01:19 PM

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 o’clock tonight in the colonial courthouse to consider a proposed rezoning of the Fiddler’s Green development at the intersection of Routes 17 and 619 near Gloucester Court House.

The parcel is 133.45 acres and, while it is cleared, undeveloped land, is already zoned Single Family Detached Residential (SF-1). This rezoning seeks to increase the permitted density from 88 lots to 139 lots to develop a single-family subdivision.

Since proffers in the original rezoning restrict the property to no more than 88 lots for development out of Fiddler’s Green Farm, a change to this figure requires a hearing and a rezoning. This increase in lots would result in an increase in project density from 0.66 units per acre to 1.04 units per acre, according to Planning and Zoning staff documents.

The applicant’s traffic threshold review estimates that this subdivision would add 1,404 daily trips to surrounding roadways including 132 trips at peak hours across the site’s two access points. This impact is not large enough to trigger a state-mandated traffic impact analysis.

Staff expects a positive economic impact in the form of property taxes as well as “tax revenues from the local stores that homeowners will be shopping at, especially from homeowners who have moved to this development from outside the county.”

In terms of effect on utilities, the site is not currently served by county water and sewer, though it is close to existing infrastructure. Water and sewer lines will need to be extended to the property and built “to a capacity that serves all lots within the development.” 

The applicant’s master plan calls for a pump station to be constructed as part of the site buildout, meaning the development will not be reducing the capacity of any of the county’s existing pump stations.

Planning staff is expected to recommend approval of the request.