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.

How Mobile, Alabama, Used Instagram to Address Blight

This has promise, but from a community data collection angle. What if, we were to create the ability to upload pictures of abandoned or derelict properties to a database for the town to explore. Perhaps some of these properties could become targets for acquisition by the Dennis Affordable Housing Trust and turned over for conversion to affordable housing.

Instead of Selling “Resilience,” Try Offering Homeowners a New Roof – Next City

Wow, what a concept,  put together a program to help homeowners save on storm-related insurance costs, and structure it such that the cost of the retro-fit is paid directly through the insurance savings. We are in the process of updating our Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, and we might want to work this concept into the goals for the future.

Porchfest: Your Guide to a DIY Community-Building Good Time

I posted about this once before: Free Concert Day. Imagine every porch in a village with music, arts and crafts, or food reflecting ones background or interests. An interesting way to bring everyone together.

Porchfest: Your Guide to a DIY Community-Building Good Time

Rhode Island Latest State Poised To End Veterans’ Homelessness – Huffpost

I was recently approached by a group looking to convert an old motel in Dennis Port into veteran housing. We discussed strategies and concepts for the conversion to take place. I am going to reach out to Community Solutions and the Zero:2016 program to see if there is an opportunity to move this forward. We might have a couple other opportunities around town where we might also be able to provide transitional housing for our veterans who are in need as well.

Rhode Island Latest State Poised To End Veterans’ Homelessness

Sponge Cities Address Floods and Drought

An interesting read. We have incorporated rain gardens into our storm water and site design requirements, protected flood zone land through direct acquisition and, with development standards promoting elevating of structures in flood zones, created opportunities to expand flood storage without disrupting existing development patterns. Dennis is committed to being both flood smart and protecting our ground water resources

Sponge Cities Address Floods and Drought