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Supervisors move ahead with a more business-friendly overlay district

After months of work, Gloucester’s controversial Highway Corridor Overlay District (HCOD) has been revised in hopes of making the county more attractive to businesses. Those revisions are scheduled to go to public hearing at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors voted 6-0 (Abingdon district supervisor Robert “JJ” Orth absent) during its meeting Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse to send to public hearing a series of revisions to the plan, which will be called the Highway Corridor Development District, if the changes are accepted.

The name change was recommended, as its definition will change, according to Gloucester’s planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz. She said the current definition states the HCOD is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by managing growth within the county’s primary highway corridor. If the board votes on the amendments to the ordinance, its intent will be to protect the publi...

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