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Planners recommend denial of rezoning

In its Oct. 3 meeting the Gloucester County Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of a proposed rezoning of Fiddler’s Green from 88 to 139 lots. The motion to forward a recommendation of denial to the board of supervisors carried by a 5-1 margin. The matter will be taken up at the supervisors’ Wednesday, Nov. 6 meeting.

Originally approved for 88 lots in 1987, the 133 acres owned by Fiddlers Green Associates is located west of Route 17 and the already existing Fiddlers Crossing. Also in the immediate area are several other housing developments and a Bay Transit hub.

Despite the fact that the proposed 139 lots would add a projected 1,400 trips per day to the road, the project did not trigger a full traffic impact study by VDOT. This matter of traffic proved one of the central points of contention during the hearing.

The road currently sees around 2,200 trips per day.

Residents of nearby Deer Run called the project “Main Street West” and opposed it chi...

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