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.

HUD Considers New Rule on “Over Income” Public Housing Residents

HUD Considers New Rule on “Over Income” Public Housing Residents

Not sure about this proposal.  I can see the argument that it frees up housing for the truly needy, but when there is little or no safe affordable rental housing available for those earning between  80% and 120% of median income,  are we just pushing people back into financial difficulty? There are no easy answers.  Not sure what the Dennis Housing Authority’s position is on this, but I hope there is a place in the discussion for protecting our workers who need affordable rentals, regardless of whether they are above or below the 80% mark.

Heritage Sands named “Best Residential Development in the Americas” at the final International Property Awards Summit in London – NEREJ

Heritage Sands named “Best Residential Development in the Americas” at the final International Property Awards Summit in London

Sometimes you set a goal to accomplish something that could provide for a new future for a piece of your past. We set out to create exactly that with the Seasonal Resort Community Zoning. Heritage Sands was born from the need to address waste water, flooding and other environmental issues that threatened the concept of seasonal cottage communities. Yes, these are a bit different from the seasonal cottages and recreational vehicles that stood on this site before, but the multi-million dollar waste water needs could not have supported continued seasonal use without these changes. When we set out on the rezoning discussion it was with the idea that this site would either become seven waterfront year-round houses, or a new motel. Now we have a seasonal cottage community that should still be welcoming summer residents to Dennis and Cape Cod in the year 2100!

Great to see Dennis Port finally getting some international attention!

Forced Out – The New Yorker

Forced Out

Re-tweeted this article yesterday, thought I would add to it today.

For the past several years we have tried to provide a rental assistance voucher program through the use of CPA funds. We learned this past year, that such direct cash subsidies were not allowed under the Massachusetts Constitution. It is truly unfortunate, as you will see from this article, rental subsidies are severely lacking and even the smallest hiccup for some places them in a position of winding up homeless.

While there needs to be a method of protecting landlords from problem tenants, there also needs to be a mechanism of protecting those who appreciate having a roof over their head from being evicted should they miss a month’s rent payment. Having been a complex manager for my landlord in NH many years ago, I have seen the issue fairly clearly. Those who know how to lawyer up, are usually the ones who cause the greatest problems, usually because they have made use of legal aid for other reasons. Those who do not lawyer up, usually are the ones who are the least problem for other tenants, elderly, single parent households, etc.

Somehow we need a better screening process. Evictions should not be the only measure of whether someone is a risky tenant, they also should not be, as is the case in this Milwaukee story, a reason for keeping them off of the housing authority waiting list.

The Future of Unlikely Places – Granola Shotgun

The Future of Unlikely Places

Can I interest you in Route 28? We are looking at zoning between the two Village Centers to attract a new population to this stretch. Maybe a less restrictive set of regulations promoting infill and flexible use is just what we need.

Big plans could change the look and feel of Orleans – Wicked Local Orleans

Big plans could change the look and feel of Orleans

A project like this would fit perfectly within our adopted zoning for either the Dennis Port or West Dennis Village Center Zoning Districts. Glad to see it happening in Orleans. We have the possibility of several infill housing projects moving forward in the Dennis Port Village Center that will complement the housing being built on Hall Street.

Just as an aside, the residential units being built on Hall Street has recently received praise by our neighbors in Harwich and the business/residents along the neighboring stretch of Route 28 have approached me to discuss out village zoning.