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Planners recommend denial of Ware Neck business rezoning

Following a June 7 hearing which saw six residents speak out against the application, the Gloucester County Planning Commission voted by a 5-2 margin to recommend denial of a rezoning application for a Ware Neck parcel whose owners are looking to open four “village shoppes” in the area of Flat Iron Road and Daffodil Lane.

Currently, the nine-acre parcel is wooded and undeveloped. The proposed retail locations would occupy about one acre of the parcel, with much of the rest being wetlands.

The application to rezone the property from RC-2 to B-4 was submitted by Kerry and Tusnee McDaniel, who own Bangkok Noi in Gloucester Court House.

The proposed shops would total around 10,000 square feet and the comprehensive plan does allow for small and medium business to “provide for the needs of rural communities and farming communities.”

Planning staff stated in a presentation that the proposed land use pattern would be “consistent with other B-4 [rural business]...

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