Category Archives: Design Standards

Collaborative Living and the Dennis Local Comprehensive Plan

In 2002 Dennis Town Meeting adopted the Dennis Local Comprehensive Plan. Over the past nearly 20 years we have implemented many of its recommendations. We continue to work on implementation.

Several recommendations provide support for the Collaborative Living Space zoning proposal:

9. The Town should work with Elder Services and the Council on Aging to encourage shared or congregate housing to all for dwellings to be occupied by more than one family by education, mediation, and outreach

15. The Town should seek out, support, and encourage nontraditional, alternative housing patterns such as home sharing, accessory apartment, and ECHO housing.

The Dennis Municipal Affordable Housing Trust completed an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and two Affordable Housing Production Plans. These documents highlight the town’s affordable housing situation and lack of rental housing. Collaborative Living Spaces are an important part of producing affordable housing options in Dennis.

The Collaborative Living Space proposal that will be discussed at the March 4th Planning Board Public Hearing can be found here: Collaborative Living Spaces

Accessory Dwelling Units and the Dennis Local Comprehensive Plan

In 2002 Dennis Town Meeting adopted the Dennis Local Comprehensive Plan. Over the past nearly 20 years we have implemented many of its recommendations. Most have been successful.

Several recommendations deal with Accessory Dwelling Units:

5.3.6 The adoption of zoning by-laws allowing for mixed-use in commercial buildings and the creation of affordable accessory apartments shall be encouraged.

15. The Town should seek out, support, and encourage nontraditional, alternative housing patterns such as home sharing, accessory apartment, and ECHO housing.

21. The Dennis Fair Housing Committee will work with the Planning Board to modify regulation to allow accessory apartments where appropriate lot size and environmental conditions allow.

Through Section 4.9 the so-called Dennis Affordable Housing By-law we addressed these recommendations. Unfortunately, the Special Permit requirements, affordability deed restriction and tenant selection process we only have had three takers since the adoption of the by-law in 2001. All three had been amnesty situations.

Since 2002 the Dennis Municipal Affordable Housing Trust has replaced the Dennis Fair Housing Committee. They have completed an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and two Affordable Housing Production Plans. These documents highlight the town’s affordable housing situation and lack of rental housing. Accessory dwelling units are an important part of producing affordable housing options in Dennis.

The Accessory Dwelling Unit proposal that will be discussed at the March 4th Planning Board Public Hearing can be found here: Accessory Dwelling Unit Proposal

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.