Category Archives: Dennis Village

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building — Shelterforce

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

policy that results in new buildings that serve the middle of the market will increase the degree to which middle- and-low income people benefit from building.

Basically, limited trickle down in the housing market, compounded by a strong second home market, makes projects like Alexander Drive important to local workforce housing needs. Maritime Landing, which might have an elasticity of less than 1, will provide some benefit to the workforce housing market, but not as great as the housing constructed specifically for that market.

Our two recent examples do illustrate the neighborhood impact on prices. Both projects are of similar density, the Route 6A locus demands a higher price than the otherwise more desirable site adjacent to protected lands.

Cheers & Jeers: A model bylaw to promote affordable housing

Cheers & Jeers: A model bylaw to promote affordable housing Cape Cod Times 12-7-2018

Kudos to the Dennis Planning Board for voting 5-1 Monday to issue a special permit for Beach Plum Village, an affordable housing complex made up of 24 two-bedroom units – six of which will be deed restricted as affordable. The complex is planned on about 4.5 acres on Alexander Drive.

Kudos also to the developer, Cape Commerce Nominee Trust, which significantly altered its original plan based on input from concerned neighbors and town officials.

Changes include a reduction in the number of units from 29 to 24 and a reduction in the number of bedrooms from 59 to 48. Developers also added eight guest parking spaces, and fencing and landscaping berms that offer more privacy for abutters.

The project was also changed from a rental complex to an ownership complex at the request of neighbors. The special permit was granted in accordance with a Dennis zoning bylaw that relaxes local regulations as long 25 percent of the development’s units qualify as affordable, but allows the town to maintain some control over things like aesthetics and landscaping.

“Whoever was responsible for your zoning bylaw should be commended, because very few towns have this proactive approach,” said John Kenney, the lawyer for the developer. If that is the case, more Cape towns should pass a similar zoning bylaw.