Category Archives: Smart Growth

Freddie Mac: Housing market is short 2.5 million units

Freddie Mac: Housing market is short 2.5 million units

“From 1968 to 2008, a span of 40 years, there was only one year in which fewer new housing units were built than in 2017—and this despite rising demand in a growing economy,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said. “We estimate that over the next decade, young adults will add about 20 million households — and those households will need a place to live.”

The Cape Cod Commission projects that Dennis will grow by about 1,000 people in the coming decade, moving back towards our 2000 census numbers. Given the continuing strong second housing market, housing growth will be especially important to attract these households to Dennis. It will be especially important that the housing be available at levels attainable by young professionals.

How ‘Opportunity Zones’ Could Transform Communities

How ‘Opportunity Zones’ Could Transform Communities

Think, re-investment in the Pelham House; affordable housing in and around the Dennis Port village center; redevelopment of the Benny’s and A&P buildings. Lots of opportunities to continue the Dennis Port revival!

Cape Cod Times Cheers and Jeers 11-2-2018

From today’s Cape Cod Times. At present, Dennis has relaxed the rules in two zoning districts to promote multi-family housing and is working on a third. In addition, the Dennis Affordable Housing By-law, our own local 40B zoning, allows consideration of higher density housing through-out town with appropriate affordability set-asides,

Relax the rules, allow more housing

If you are trying to rent a year-round home on Cape Cod, you know the two biggest challenges – availability and price. Why the shortage?

More than a third of the Cape’s houses are seasonal homes, and many remain vacant for most of the year. Last year, the Cape Cod Commission reported that the region needed an additional 7,000 rental units to accommodate the area’s needs. But in the past six years there has been a net loss of 3,000 year-round housing units and a gain of 5,000 seasonal units.

That’s why we applaud a study underway in three Cape Cod towns that could lead to more housing outside traditional residential neighborhoods. Funded by a $100,000 grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the study is examining areas of Orleans, Eastham and Falmouth that are on the fringes of residential neighborhoods and represent typical Cape Cod development patterns. The study looks at how building denser housing could better “knit” disparate parts of communities together.

The study will dovetail nicely with efforts by the Housing Assistance Corp., which has launched an initiative to promote more housing. It hopes to inspire some of seasonal homeowners to consider transforming their houses into year-round rentals, with a $1,000 incentive, coupled with assistance in making the jump to becoming landlords.

Housing report: Cape on precipice

Housing report: Cape on precipice

We are trying, but have a lot of work to do. Multi-family zones, West Dennis and Dennis Port. A relatively successful Affordable Housing By-law.

Future efforts underway, promoting a better Accessory Dwelling Unit by-law; creating shared housing opportunities as Collaborative Living Space to compete with the Air B&B market; and a concentrated development center at Exit 9 which will promote a higher density, live, work, shop smart growth economic center.

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.