Category Archives: Local Comprehensive Plan

Collaborative Workspace 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 Collaborative Workspace Zoning:

3.3.2 Dennis will encourage projects which provide permanent, year-round jobs with benefits, and should encourage employee training opportunities for Dennis residents.

3.3.4 Dennis will encourage embryonic businesses such as incubator projects that relate to the Town’s resources, and where possible, should seek growth through local resources rather than through importing.

3.3.5 Dennis will create a regulatory climate that makes Dennis more business friendly, both to retain existing businesses and to attract diversified small-scale business.

Since 2002 the Dennis Economic Development Committee has worked to improve business opportunities in Dennis. Despite these efforts, there are significant empty buildings. The EDC believes that creating shared work-space opportunities will help to meet the economic needs of Dennis.

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

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

Planning Board to Host Regional Policy Plan Presentation/Discussion

The Dennis Planning Board will host a presentation and discussion of the Cape Cod Commission Regional Policy Plan Update on Monday, October 29th at 5 pm in the Stone Hearing Room, Lower Level, Dennis Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and participate in this discussion.

The Regional Policy Plan is updated every five years and sets regional guidance regarding the future of Cape Cod. It provides a basis for many development and land preservation decisions.

The Draft Regional Policy Plan can be found here.

Regional Policy Plan Public Meetings to Take Place in October – Cape Cod Commission Reporter

Regional Policy Plan Public Meetings to Take Place in October

The Cape Cod Commission has released the draft Regional Policy Plan (RPP) Update for a 60 day public review and comment period.

The RPP is a requirement of the Commission Act and is intended to provide a coherent set of goals, policies, and standards to guide planning and development on Cape Cod. Updates to the plan are required every five years.

The Draft Plan can be found here.

Planning Survey – Take 2

It helps if, when you copy an old survey to reuse the questions, you set a survey closure date that is in the future and not the past.

Every couple years we update information important to the local planning process. The questions here cover a broad spectrum of information and supports our open space, recreation, housing and economic development discussions. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and share it with your friends who have connections to Dennis.

Please click the link to go to the survey:

Take the Survey Here