Author Archives: Daniel Fortier

About Daniel Fortier

Daniel Fortier is the Town Planner for the Town of Dennis. He is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has been the Town Planner since 2001.

Shop Local Saturday November 26th – Or All The Time Really

Saturday is Shop Local Saturday, as part of your holiday shopping, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, or whenever you are out looking for that perfect item, consider our local merchants  who are supporting our villages before running out to the mall in Hyannis!


Dennis Open Space Plan Nearing Completion

A year ago we held a public hearing on the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan Update. The update is finally nearing completion after having responded to comments received and pulling in data from a community survey completed last winter.  I will be presenting this plan to the Board of Selectmen on November 29th for final endorsement so that we can submit the completed document to the state.  I am in the process of updating the blog with the changes that have been made. In the meantime, the Final Draft of the report can be found at the link below:

2016 Open Space and Recreation Plan Draft November 2016

A home for the holiday

Originally known as Armistice Day, a commemoration of the end of what was then called The War to End All Wars, Veterans Day has become national day of remembrance, an opportunity to respect all those, living and dead, who have put their lives in service to the survival of this country.It is also a day to do some soul-searching. To say that our nation has a checkered past when it comes to honoring our veterans would be an embarrassing understatement. We have, as a people, repeatedly failed these

Source: A home for the holiday

Mini Turbine ‘Wind Trees’ Could Generate Power for Homes, Electric Cars

Mini Turbine ‘Wind Trees’ Could Generate Power for Homes, Electric Cars
I have been approached by a member of the Alternative Energy Committee about changes to our Residential Wind Tubine section of the Dennis Zoning By-law. The above article is just one example of the changes that have been made in wind technology since we adopted our zoning by-law.

These Wind Turbines Have a Twist 
Mashpee, on Route 130, has an example of vertical turbine technology that provides opportunities for residential wind energy alternatives as well.

Over the coming weeks I will be working with the Alternative Energy Committee to review how we can revise Section 11 of the Dennis Zoning By-law to promote greater use of wind energy in residential settings.