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Letter: Deny Villages of Gloucester proposal

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The proffer statement contained in The Villages of Gloucester’s proposal is lacking, to say the least.

Once again, we have a developer who boldly expects Gloucester taxpayers and utility customers to foot the bill for future infrastructure and services upgrades that will be a direct result of the proposed development. This road has already been traveled two times in the past.

When The Villages of Gloucester was first proposed it was called The Barrens. That proposal was denied by the sitting board of that time for, among other reasons, not offering reasonable proffers to offset impacts on the community. One such example was the developer’s offer to build a 350,000 water tower instead of a one million gallon tower. (A one million gallon tower that would be turned over to Utilities was later approved when the proposal was resubmitted under the new name.)

The developer’s initial offer to build the smaller tower would have been acceptable if U...

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