Topics: Zoning/land use

BREWSTER – The Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) have developed an interactive mapping tool designed to identify shared resources and help Cape towns better plan for future financial decisions. “You guys are really leaders in our region for adding housing,” HAC Executive Director Alisa Magnotta told the Brewster Select Board on Sept. 12. HAC and the APCC us...

Skaket Corners Sold To New Owner

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Skaket Corners is under new ownership. The shopping plaza at 9 West Rd., which houses a Shaws supermarket, a CVS, a liquor store and the vacant former Hearth n' Kettle building among other businesses, was sold in June to Skaket Corners Orleans LLC for $33.1 million. Town Assessor Brad Hinote said in an email last week that the property is assessed at just under $17 million. "We were quite surpr...

Special Permit OK’d For Orleans Pot Shop

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – One of two businesses authorized to operate a recreational marijuana establishment in town won approval from the zoning board of appeals last week. After some discussion about whether or not it could begin its review, the zoning board voted unanimously June 15 to award a special permit to Seaside Joint Ventures, Inc., which plans to operate under the name Seaside Cannabis Co. on Lots Hollow Road. ...

ORLEANS – Outdoor music is returning to the Barley Neck Inn, but musicians will have to leave their amplifiers at home. In a compromise with neighbors to the Beach Road restaurant, the select board unanimously voted May 11 to approve a seasonal outdoor entertainment license for non-amplified, acoustic music at the inn through November. "We've known for a while that the season is coming, and we need to move ...

ORLEANS – Outdoor music may be on its way back to the Barley Neck Inn, that's if it can get an outdoor entertainment license from the select board. An application for the license was filed at town hall last week after the zoning board of appeals voted May 4 that it did not need to first issue a special permit to the inn to allow it to again host outdoor music this summer. Phil Ruggieiri, who co-owns the inn, s...

ORLEANS – With the start of the summer season about a month away, the Barley Neck Inn is still wrestling to secure the permitting it needs to host music outdoors. The inn's owner, Phil Ruggieri, is appealing a determination from Building Commissioner Thomas Evers that amplified outdoor music constitutes "an intensification" of the inn's preexisting nonconforming use, and that a special permit is first needed f...

ORLEANS – The pathway along Weeset Point has been used by the public for years. But with the installation of new fencing last week, some property owners hope to put a stop to it. Stephen Brodeur, who owns property at the end of Weeset Proprietors Way, installed two fences, one at the far end of the point and another closer to Tonset Landing, prohibiting those who don’t live on the private way from accessing...

ORLEANS – Is it a boat, or is it a sign? The zoning board of appeals on Feb. 2 will again take up the status of the boat out in front of Atlantic Workshop, even though the business' owner already won an appeal of an order calling for its removal in 2020. Scott Feen, who owns and runs the business out of his home at 94 Main St., is appealing a letter he received in November from the town's building commissio...

CHATHAM – In 2016, town meeting passed zoning amendments setting up an overlay district that created the South Chatham Neighborhood Center. It was the first neighborhood center established based on recommendations in the town's 2003 comprehensive plan. Since 2019, the planning board has been focusing on the next neighborhood center. The board has developed draft zoning changes that would bring the West Chatham...

Orleans To Explore Short-Term Rental Bylaw

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- Short-term rentals are bringing in added revenue for the town, but the lack of regulations is creating problems for residents. Count Kevin Galligan among them. The select board member said Dec. 1 that he has seen how unregulated rentals have negatively impacted his neighborhood and others around town. In particular, Galligan took issue with homes that are not being rented to vacationers but th...

Stakeholder Engagement Critical In Comprehensive Planning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It’s been a little more than a decade since the town updated its local comprehensive plan. Officials said it's about time to do so again, especially since town meeting approved the funds for the plan update in 2019. “I’ve been pressing for the plan for a year-and-a-half to two years,” Selectman Larry Ballantine said at the board’s meeting Aug. 25.  The initial master plan was done in 1969, said Di...

Town, HCT Working To Acquire 31 Acres

By: William F. Galvin

Jenkins Property Includes 20 Acres Of Cranberry Bogs HARWICH — The nearly 20 acres of cranberry bogs along Route 124 and Headwaters Drive provide visual evidence of the town’s agricultural heritage each fall as the red berries are floated and prepared for harvest. People line the bog banks with cameras to capture the beauty of the harvest. But in the future, people may have to flip the pages of photo albums...

CHATHAM — Disposing of Saturday’s special town meeting in about 36 minutes, voters unanimously rejected a zoning bylaw change linked to the redevelopment of the Monomoy Theatre property. Worried about the density and traffic that the project would create, and without any guarantee that a restored theater building would ever operate the way Monomoy Theatre did, 324 voters unanimously turned down the zoning byla...

CHATHAM – Form-based code, a method of zoning that, as the name suggestions, emphasizes form over use, may have gained some adherents Monday during a planning board forum on the West Chatham neighborhood center. Following the recommendations of the Cape Cod Commission, the planning board has been dabbling in form-based code as it considers zoning changes to the neighborhood center, the second of four along Rou...

Residents Work To Shape West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the public provided input last week on a zoning provision designed to meet the goals of the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern approved by the county last December. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said the call for the DCPC was driven by a proposal to build a 7,400-square-foot retail store along Route 28 and to demolish an old sea captain’s home on the site. This raised a ...

HARWICH — Time may not be on the side of the planning board and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh as they work to shape a West Harwich district of critical planning concern article for the annual town meeting planned for late September. Greenhalgh and board members have been talking about putting together a document to meet the minimum DCPC guidelines for the September meeting and returning for additional provi...