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Cape Cod Commission News

Regional Policy Plan Update 2017

The Commission’s three controlling authorities are the Cape Cod Commission Act, the Commission’s Enabling Regulations Governing Review of Developments of Regional Impact, and the Regional Policy Plan. The Cape Cod Commission Act requires development a Regional Policy Plan (RPP) that outlines a coherent set of planning policies and objectives to guide development on Cape Cod and to protect its resources. The Act requires the RPP be reviewed and amended at regular intervals. The RPP was first adopted in 1991 and amended in 1996, 2002 and 2009.

RPP Draft Vision:

  • Use scenario planning to examine the impacts of growth on various indicators and develop consensus on regional land use vision for the County.
  • Transition to a more impact based review, redefine Local Comprehensive Plans and promote consistency with the Regional Plan in order to provide a path for regulatory flexibility.

Update Goals

The last update in 2009 represented the first substantial reorganization of the guidance document, separating the regulatory and planning sections.

For this update, the Commission will build on those earlier reforms. Among the goals for this RPP update are to:

  • Develop a land use strategy for the region
  • Facilitate the local comprehensive planning process
  • Provide regulatory incentives for neighboring towns to plan together
  • Simplify the regulatory process, and
  • Create a framework for regional capital planning.

Staff has been reviewing prior DRI’s to see how well the Commission’s regulations and requirements actually work: whether they are successful and result in the desired outcome.

We would like to add more flexibility to our review of DRI’s, based on individual project needs.

  • For further information and to review subcommittee meeting materials
  • Please go to “www.capecodcommission.org/rppupdate”

If you have any questions or comments/suggestions, please feel free to contact me at etaylor@brewster-ma.gov or leave me a message at 508-896-3701 x 1149
Thank you,
Elizabeth Taylor

Annual ONE CAPE Meetings: June 22-23.
From implementing water quality plans to addressing housing and regional infrastructure, this year’s ONE CAPE will focus on broad issues that impact our region. Check Cape Commission website for updated information for these meetings.