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Planning Board Gives Okay to City's COAH

By Linda Boker-Angelo

NEWS Correspondent

The Gloucester City Planning Board approved a motion last week recommending that Mayor and Council adopt the proposed Housing Element and fair share plan prepared by planner Shirley Bishop in accordance with the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) guidelines.

COAH is the state agency designated to set the standards and insure that municipalities are meeting their obligations to offer fair, affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income families.

Bishop told Board members that Gloucester City is in good shape to meet COAH requirements, as it has a credit of 90 shares which more than covers its obligation, as determined by COAH.

The Board also approved three applications for building improvements in the Historic District. The Gloucester City Historical Museum, 34 N. King St., requested permission to replace their existing sign.

An emergency roof repair was authorized for the former Coast Guard base, 101 S. King St. Owners of a property located in the 200 block of S. King St. wanted to repaint exterior window and door frames and repair cracked windows.

There will be a public hearing during the July 15 meeting regarding the City’s Master Plan, which is due for review and revision. The Municipal Land Use Law requires every town to re-examine its master plan every six years. Gloucester City last re-evaluated its plan in 2003.

The Board meets again at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, in City Hall, 313 Monmouth St.

source Gloucester City News