Category Archives: Planning Board

The Future of Unlikely Places – Granola Shotgun

The Future of Unlikely Places

Can I interest you in Route 28? We are looking at zoning between the two Village Centers to attract a new population to this stretch. Maybe a less restrictive set of regulations promoting infill and flexible use is just what we need.

Dennis Open Space and Recreation Plan Update Available for Review

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…

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Draft Dennis MA Open Space And Recreation Plan 2015 Update – Public Review

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:

Dennis MA Open Space And Recreation Plan 2015 Update Blog 

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 dfortier@town.dennis.ma.us

Comments will be accepted through November 27, 2015 either directly through the blog, or the addresses found above.

From Park City Utah: Coffee talks to focus on planning and zoning

I did a little of this with Dennis Port and West Dennis, it might be time to revive these discussions around town.

Coffee talks to focus on planning and zoning

 

Zoning Amendment to Promote Reuse of Sand Pits for Solar

The Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday October 5th on a proposal to allow commercial scale solar facilities as a reuse for sand pits located in Residential Zoning Districts.  At present, there are about 7 locations in Dennis where sand pits are operational, or have been abandoned in the R-40 zoning district. The proposal will allow these properties to be reused for solar.

Sand Pits are pre-existing non-conforming land uses in the residential areas. They are all so old that there are no reclamation requirements imposed on these properties. The goal of the zoning change, it to create a financial incentive to have these properties cleaned up when they are no longer productive, get a layer of top soil brought in, and have them at least seeded for grass to grow. The solar facilities will provide the economic incentive to not simply have them walked away from.

The proposed change is to add commercial scale solar as an option, by special permit of the Planning Board, for current and former sand pit properties of at least 2 1/2 acres in size. The amendment is below, the changes are in Bold Italic:

a) amend Section 2.2.2.7 Use Regulation Schedule, Industrial, Utility and Other Uses Subsection 7.i Commercial Scale Solar Energy Electrical Generator:

 

PRINCIPAL USES DISTRICT  
  R-40

R-60

Quivet Neck/Crowe’s Pasture

Resource Protection District

 

RR

 

LB

 

EB

 

GC-I

GC-II

GC-III

 

I

DPVC

Area A

DPVC

Area B

 
7. INDUSTRIAL, UTILITY AND OTHER USES                      
i. Commercial Scale Solar Energy Electrical Generator N except S* N N N N S S Y N N  

*  By Special Permit of the Planning Board for the purpose of reclaiming former sand pit properties of at least 2.5 acres in size.