Category Archives: Smart Growth

Housing Costs Drive Inequality in Superstar Cities – CityLab

Housing Costs Drive Inequality in Superstar Cities

Barnstable County, if you zoom in on the map, shows service workers with under $22,000 after housing costs. Think about it, $22,000 for car payments, food, medical needs, perhaps childcare.

“Working Class” fare a bit better, but that low $30’s may be deceiving when student loans get factored into the cost of living.

The Duplex: A Small-Town Housing Solution Every City Needs More Of – Sightline Institute

The Duplex: A Small-Town Housing Solution Every City Needs More Of

Every Dennis Residential Zoning District allows duplexes, but we increase setback and lot sizes for these. Maybe, if we regulated bedrooms and design, we could come to a different approach. In Zone 2’s obviously no more than 1 bedroom for every 10,000 sf per state sanitary code. But outside the Zone 2 areas, bedrooms are limited to septic design with no maximum per lot. So, maybe, a duplex could be allowed on any non-zone 2 lot at one-bedroom for every 5,000 sf.

How to Use Zoning Laws to Reduce Pollution in Low-Income Communities – Pacific Standard

How to Use Zoning Laws to Reduce Pollution in Low-Income Communities

patterns of uneven development

Dennis has Environmental Justice Areas in large portions of Dennis Port and West Dennis along with a small portion of South Dennis adjacent to these two villages. Our Environmental Justice Areas are due to concentrations of low income people.

While we have a need to ensure these areas have quality workforce housing that is attainable on Cape Cod wages, we need to also be sure our policies provide opportunities for these workers to live throughout town. We also need to ensure equal access to parks, playgrounds and other amenities important to life in Dennis.