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.

Sandy victims must pay for taller utility poles

Sandy victims must pay for taller utility poles.

This issue never crossed my mind. We have a number of residents who have undertaken home elevations to protect against flooding and manage their flood insurance costs. Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that elevating a house would trigger the need to change the telephone poles surrounding the home.

It is an outrage that this cost would be borne by someone recovering from, or preparing for, flooding. I will explore with FEMA and the state, the viability of using pre-disaster mitigation funds to upgrade our poles in the areas with the need for the greatest increases in elevation for homes.

I will also ask some of those on the south side coastline in West Dennis that have elevated structures, whether they have had to address these type of utility changes.

The $80-a-Week, 60-Square-Foot Housing Solution That’s Also Totally Illegal – Next City

Single-room occupancy housing, otherwise known as a lodging house. They definitely can provide for a niche in the housing market. Dennis allows lodging houses by Special Permit. We have had one request in the past 15 years. We have another potential one being brought forward as a way for an employer to provide employee housing. Stay tuned.


The $80-a-Week, 60-Square-Foot Housing Solution That’s Also Totally Illegal – Next City.

The economic value of a unique place | Better! Cities & Towns Online

Definitely a good read. We have done much to preserve what matters. Adopting design guidelines, restrictions on formula businesses, open space acquisitions and the regulations for Crowe’s Pasture all reflect our attempts to protect the aesthetic qualities vfound in Dennis. Each of these actions improve quality of life and property values.


Theatre Campaign Sees Pledges Mount Quickly | The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Going to toss it out there, could a nonprofit be formed to acquire,  renovate and operate the Columns as a musically oriented museum/performance space?  A space where aspiring artists could perform at an open mike or bigger name musical acts could re-energize the village?

Perhaps we could introduce an affordable housing component as well to the site.


New life in West Dennis – Opinion – capecodtimes.com – Hyannis, MA

We never stop trying to improve our local economies. I met Mr. Bird last week, the restaurant idea fits perfectly in with the goals of the West Dennis Village zoning, and we look forward to another new business in the village!

New life in West Dennis – Opinion – capecodtimes.com – Hyannis, MA.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program – Mitigation Funding – Disaster Recovery Today

We will be pursuing Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funding once again this year to elevate structures. I am still looking for potential participants. I need from you, building plans including a site plan, proposed building elevations, cost estimate and a commitment to pay your portion of the cost to elevate the structure, generally 25% of the project cost.

Let me know if you are interested.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program – Mitigation Funding – Disaster Recovery Today.