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.

University dean: Cape needs to change to survive – News – – Hyannis, MA

So true, and something we continue to work on in Dennis.


HYANNIS — The dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University addressed the Barnstable Economic Development Commission on Tuesday afternoon and the message was a familiar one – the Cape’s current economy is not sustainable and is in dire need of a makeover.Dr. Elmore Alexander, in a presentation titled “Economic Development Challenges for Cape Cod,” said the region is facing a “perfect storm” of economic conditions, and not in a good way.

Source: University dean: Cape needs to change to survive – News – – Hyannis, MA

Housing contract awarded to FORWARD, HAC

An effort to bring an affordable housing development for autistic adults to Dennis came one step closer to becoming a reality when the Dennis Board of Selectmen voted to award the contract to the Friends Or Relatives With Autism And Related Disabilities (FORWARD), and the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), at its Tuesday, Aug. 25 meeting.

Source: Housing contract awarded to FORWARD, HAC

Improvements to the Project Review Process

Tonight the technical review staff will be presenting to the Dennis Board of Selectmen changes recently adopted by the Planning Board to improve the project review process. The cornerstone of this process is the early involvement of the technical review staff in all projects going before the Planning Board.

Ideally, all applicants will request, before submitting an application to the Planning Board, to meet with the technical review staff. This will provide an opportunity for the applicant to get as much staff review as possible prior to starting the permitting process. However, should an applicant file with the Planning Board without going through the staff review process, the Planning Board’s recently adopted Rules and Regulations will direct applicants to meet with the staff and the Planning Board will coordinate its Public Hearing process with the ability of staff to fully vent site design issues.

In the end, the goal is to make the project review process as painless as possible for both the applicant and the Planning Board. To that end, a clearer set of plan submittal requirements have been attached to the Planning Board Special Permit and Site Plan Review Application. Soon, similar revisions to the Approval Not Required, Preliminary and Definitive Subdivision Applications will also be available.

These plan requirements are nothing new, they simply represent pulling the requirements of adopted town by-laws and regulations into a more easily accessible list. We expect to take this same process through the requirements for the Zoning Board of Appeals and the other regulatory boards.

The full Planing Board Special Permit and Site Plan Review Application is on the Town Website and available through this link as well:

Planning Board Special Permit and Site Plan Review Application