The Harbor Zoning Discussion raised the question regarding listing “prohibited” uses in the zoning by-law. The Dennis Zoning By-law lists allowed uses and includes a specific reference that uses not identified in the use table are prohibited. The idea behind this is, it is quite impossible to list every possible land use especially ones not yet thought of.
We will focus the next meeting on creating this prohibited use list. Obviously we would start with the current Dennis Use Table. Interestingly, where we are already would suggest everything in the current use table that we did not identify in the first meeting would fall into the category of being prohibited.
So, as we venture down this path of zoning based upon prohibition, let me toss out a few obscure land uses everyone should be aware of: hookah lounge; internet cafe; movie production studio; zoo.
In the end, while this exercise may prove educational, what is brought to town meeting will not open the door to a composting facility locating on the waterfront.