DENNIS – The town of Dennis Open Space and Recreation Plan needs to be updated and is now available for review. The town is seeking public comments on the plan through November 27. “This keep…
The Town of Dennis is pleased to announce the Town of Dennis Open Space and Recreation Plan 2015 Update is now available for review. The town is seeking comments between now and November 27, 2015 on the plan.
There will be a Community Forum on the draft document on November 9, 2015 at 7 pm at the Dennis Senior Center. Members of the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Beach Commission, Recreation Commission Board of Selectmen and Waterways Committee will be present. Staff will present the plan at that meeting and be present to listen to comments and concerns, and answer questions.
A list of comments will be included in the final draft of the report that gets submitted to the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
The Plan is available for review at the following locations:
In pdf format HERE
Or you can request a paper copy from the Dennis Planning Department:
Daniel Fortier, Town Planner
Town of Dennis
485 Main Street, P.O. Box 2060
South Dennis MA 02660
Or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments will be accepted through November 27, 2015 either directly through the blog, or the addresses found above.
” Zoning is often viewed as a friend of conservation. But could some zoning actually be detrimental to conservation goals?”
Yes, most definitely. Setting restrictions that make it more difficult to undertake larger scale projects, whether residential or commercial, lead to more sprawl as low density development chews up more land than high density projects.
These policies work against quality job creation by not promoting areas for cross pollination of ideas and higher housing costs.
A good opportunity to encourage participation in our attempt to seek funding for house lifting in the flood zones once again.
One of the biggest hurdles facing job growth on Cape Cod is the handling of waste water. Re-using gray water (water from sinks, bath tubs, and washing machines) provides opportunities for reducing water demand and reducing nitrogen in sewage. As we try to address regional concerns with regulatory relief in Dennis Port and think about a new vision for Exit 9 we might want to see what benefits we can achieve in nitrogen reduction with gray water diversion programs.
I have never been a big fan of growth limitation by-laws that make a very small number of building permits available. Especially egregious are ones that make a small number available just once a year. Generally, the result is a small number of builders being able to obtain the right to build within a community.
The Eliot example, while providing for 20% of the permits for affordable housing, still limits growth to less than half a percent. And, limits affordable housing creation to about a tenth of a percent of total housing. While moratoria may be necessary for short periods of time, long term building limits, as are typical in New Hampshire and Maine, serve little real purpose.
Growth limitations tend to drive up home prices and make communities more exclusionary.