WOODBURY — Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced that the county has launched GC2040: Let’s Talk, a public survey to guide how the county should grow over the next 25 years.
The results of the survey will be used by Gloucester County to update the Land Use and Transportation elements of its Master Plan, providing a blueprint for the county’s future growth and development. The Master Plan will represent the vision of the public – those who live, work, or play in Gloucester County.
Damminger said, “A Master Plan is a public document that reflects a community’s vision for how it should grow and change over time. It usually covers a long-term time period – in this case, Gloucester County is planning for its future growth and development 25 years into the future. Given that Gloucester County is the fastest growing county in the Delaware Valley region, updating the Master Plan is extremely important.” Simmons said that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) estimates that Gloucester County will gain 87,829 residents (a 30 percent increase) and 30,463 jobs (a 26 percent increase) by the year 2040.
“The DVRPC is a valuable partner in this effort and the results of the GC2040: Let’s Talk survey and subsequent Master Plan update will allow Gloucester County to create a framework to evaluate the community’s progress toward its goals,” said Simmons, liaison to the Department of Planning. Simmons said that to promote the survey to Gloucester County residents, planning staff will be distributing posters and flyers to municipal buildings, bus racks, county vehicles, and more. Paper copies will also be distributed throughout the county. In addition, the survey is available in English and Spanish.
The survey is being funded through a $125,000 grant that Gloucester County received from the Delaware River Valley Planning Commission to update its master plan. For more information and to take the survey, visit www.gc2040.com.