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Planners endorse Hayes property rezoning

The Gloucester Planning Commission voted unanimously last Thursday to recommend approval of a proposed rezoning application for a Route 17 parcel adjacent Hogg Funeral Home in Hayes. The land is currently zoned Single Family (SF-1) and the applicants, David and Joyce Bristow, are seeking a rezoning to Business (B-1).

Though previously reported as 1.62 acres, the plot is actually 1.52 acres with the only ingress and egress located on Route 17 South. It is currently wooded and separates Hogg Funeral Home from several residential properties on Powhatan Drive.

The applicants have no proposed use listed for the property; however, through their legal representation explained that this is more a move “preparing for the future” than initiating immediate development.

Planning staff is of the opinion that the proposed rezoning is in compliance with the comprehensive plan and the parcel falls within a transitional area and would be consistent with the Gloucester Point/Hayes Village...

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