Topics: Municipal Planning and Zoning

But General Business District Expansion Gets Skeptical Reception CHATHAM – A special zoning designation that would allow the development of the Monomoy Theatre property has been endorsed by the planning board. Board members were less amenable to a petition article to expand a corner of the downtown business district, putting off a recommendation to give the proponents time to work out some of the kinks. Vot...

Mini-Golf Course, Royal Apartment Appeals Withdrawn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Both the 36-hole miniature golf course proposed for land at the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road and the Royal Apartments proposal were withdrawn last week after it became clear neither project could muster the supermajority necessary for approval by the zoning board of appeals. Andrew Singer, the attorney representing mini-golf course property owner Andrew Hall of Emulous Hall Realty Trust, said l...

Industrial Zone Expansion Proponents Have Lost Interest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The property owners who initiated a proposed change to the Industrial Light District along the west end of Queen Anne Road have now informed the town’s planning department they have no interest in pursuing the zoning change. The request to change the zoning was made to Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh last summer by Alan and Edward Hall. In a public hearing on the proposed zoning change before the pl...

Residents Protest Industrial District Expansion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents along the western end of Queen Anne Road made clear their opposition to the expansion of the Industrial Light Zoning District into their neighborhood during a planning board public hearing last week. Residents who live in the residential area protested a proposed zoning amendment put forward by the board seeking to expand the industrial zone by 35 acres. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh sai...

Proposal Seeks Industrial Expansion On Queen Anne Road

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is working on a zoning amendment that would extend the Industrial Light District to the west along Queen Anne Road. Requests have been made by a couple of area property owners to include their land in the district. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said there is very little open land left in the IL zone along Queen Anne Road. She has been talking to contractors who have been looking...

County Commissioners Approve West Harwich Planning District

By: William F. Galvin

On 2-1 Vote HARWICH — On a two-to-one vote, the Barnstable County Commissioners approved the ordinance establishing the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) last week. County commissioner Ron Beaty cast the dissenting vote. The ordinance allows the town to put in place a one-year moratorium on development to provide time to address zoning deficiencies along a stretch of Route 28 from th...

Local Planning Committee To Guide Comprehensive Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen have agreed to appoint a wide-ranging local planning committee to craft a new local comprehensive plan for the town. The committee is expected to work with consultants in shaping a plan for defining the future of the community. Voters in the May 2019 annual town meeting approved $200,000 to update the 2011 local comprehensive plan, which is supposed to be revisited every five years. Town Pl...

ORLEANS — The tables were set for 36, but more than 80 townspeople pulled up chairs at the senior center Nov. 19 to help sketch the future of the Route 6A corridor. With a sewer system being built from West Road to the Eastham rotary, the town must be ready with zoning that protects community character while encouraging the kind of development that will provide what the town needs. “We want to test our ideas...

Moratorium In Place For Proposed West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a “hard moratorium” in place on development and development permits in the proposed District of Critical Planning Concern along a stretch of Route 28 in West Harwich from just west of the Herring River to the Dennis town line. The moratorium puts a hold on any development activity in the proposed 43-acre district while the Cape Cod Commission weighs whether it will accept a DCPC nomination p...

Planning Board Gets Commission’s Pitch On DCPCs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board received a detailed presentation on the use of a district of critical planning concern to buy time to make zoning adjustments by Cape Cod Commission historic preservation staff member Sarah Korjeff last week. There has been a focus on using the tool to protect historic characteristics along what has become known as Captains’ Row, a section of Route 28 in West Harwich extending from...

CHATHAM – Voters spent some $60 million at the annual town meeting, and while the major expenditures received coverage last week, there were numerous smaller appropriations that didn't make the news but nonetheless deserve attention. There were also several articles that were not acted upon, including changes to the Monomoy Regional School district agreement. Although the changes mostly involved removing referen...

Planning Board Gives Nod To Stone Horse Dormitories

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week approved a site plan review and special permit for the redevelopment of the Stone Horse Motel property and opted not to refer the redevelopment project to the Cape Cod Commission, despite requests from neighbors. The redevelopment plan for the former motel calls for constructing two dormitories with 42 rooms in each building, two beds per room, to be used primarily to prov...

CHATHAM – Despite warnings that delays would escalate costs, concerns about the size and location of a new senior center led voters to reject the $6.6 million project and send it back to the drawing board on the first night of the annual town meeting. Also Monday, voters approved a zoning bylaw that will allow the creation of apartments in single-family homes, which advocates say will increase the stock of mar...

CHATHAM – The annual town meeting begins Monday at 6 p.m. at the Monomoy Regional Middle School on Crowell Road. Voters should prepare to settle in for a longer-than-usual annual legislative session covering a number of significant topics, including funding for a new council on aging facility, a controversial accessory dwelling unit bylaw, funding for a shark barrier at Oyster Pond, bans on plastic bottles and st...

Chatham 365 Forums Saturday And Wednesday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There's an imbalance in Chatham—economic and demographic— that the Chatham 365 task force is working to identify and find solutions to. There's an age imbalance: 14 percent of residents are 19 years old and under; 44.5 percent are 62 and older. The number of school-age students had dropped by 35 since 2010. There's an average of about 25 to 30 births in town annually, and 150 to 190 deaths. There'...

CHATHAM – With growing concern over the loss of historic homes and the replacement of modest houses with buildings several times larger, the planning board is diving into the process of finding a way to limit the scale of residential structures.  Developing a zoning bylaw to accomplish that goal is likely to require study and analysis, perhaps with assistance from the Cape Cod Commission, said Planning Board C...