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Planners vote to recommend Hayes rezoning case

The Gloucester Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval for a rezoning application on a Hayes parcel during last Thursday night’s meeting.

Owner Elizabeth Flanary and applicant Vernon Soriano requested that 0.3 acre of the 0.867-acre property at 1925 Hayes Road be rezoned from Business (B-1) to Village Business (B-2) to allow for automotive repair. The existing use of the property is residential.

Flanary and Soriano wished to keep the B-2 zoning on the southern 0.53-acre portion of the property since this zoning allows for residential dwellings and they intend to continue to reside on the property. According to planning and zoning documents, highway businesses (such as auto repair) are not permitted in B-2 and single-family homes are not permitted in B-1.

Surrounding land uses include residential to the west of the property and commercial to the east, south and north of the property.

During the meeting, staff indicated that the county has not promoted re...

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