Zoning Amendment to Promote Reuse of Sand Pits for Solar

The Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday October 5th on a proposal to allow commercial scale solar facilities as a reuse for sand pits located in Residential Zoning Districts.  At present, there are about 7 locations in Dennis where sand pits are operational, or have been abandoned in the R-40 zoning district. The proposal will allow these properties to be reused for solar.

Sand Pits are pre-existing non-conforming land uses in the residential areas. They are all so old that there are no reclamation requirements imposed on these properties. The goal of the zoning change, it to create a financial incentive to have these properties cleaned up when they are no longer productive, get a layer of top soil brought in, and have them at least seeded for grass to grow. The solar facilities will provide the economic incentive to not simply have them walked away from.

The proposed change is to add commercial scale solar as an option, by special permit of the Planning Board, for current and former sand pit properties of at least 2 1/2 acres in size. The amendment is below, the changes are in Bold Italic:

a) amend Section Use Regulation Schedule, Industrial, Utility and Other Uses Subsection 7.i Commercial Scale Solar Energy Electrical Generator:




Quivet Neck/Crowe’s Pasture

Resource Protection District














Area A


Area B

7. INDUSTRIAL, UTILITY AND OTHER USES                      
i. Commercial Scale Solar Energy Electrical Generator N except S* N N N N S S Y N N  

*  By Special Permit of the Planning Board for the purpose of reclaiming former sand pit properties of at least 2.5 acres in size.


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