June Regulatory Update

Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone 
Town of Barnstable 

In March 2018, the Town of Barnstable applied to re-designate the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone (DHGIZ), originally approved by the Commission in 2006. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposed re-designation March 22, 2018, which was continued to April 19, 2018.  The Committee on Planning and Regulation met to review a draft written decision for the DHGIZ re-designation on April 5, 2018.  At its meeting on April 19, 2018, the full Commission voted to re-designate the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone. 

Herring River Restoration Project 
Towns of Wellfleet and Truro 

The purpose of the project is to restore habitat in and re-establish tidal flow to the 1,100 ac. +/- Herring River estuary and floodplain system.  The project received its final MEPA certificate on 7/15/16, which effectively referred the project to the Cape Cod Commission as a DRI.  To date no project application has been filed with the Commission. The DRI public hearing period on the project was opened procedurally on 08/29/16; the period has since been extended three times, and the current extension runs through 04/05/2019. The towns have requested, and Commission has approved, extensions to allow additional time to engage the local communities in the preparation of the application.  

Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility 
201 MacArthur Boulevard, Bourne 

The Commission reviewed and commented on a MEPA Expanded Notice of Project Change (ENPC) submitted by the town of Bourne for the proposed Phase 6 expansion of the Bourne Landfill, which as proposed would expand the current landfill by approximately 6-10 acres.  The ENPC included the conceptual expansion of Phases 7 & 8, which would in total extend the life of the landfill to 2034.   On 01/12/2018 the Secretary of EOEEA issued a Certificate on the ENPC requiring the Town to submit a Single Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the project.  The Project will ultimately require Commission review and approval, after MEPA review concludes, because the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s EOEEA required the preparation of an EIR for the Project. 

Pleasant Street Demolition 
46 Pleasant Street, South Yarmouth 

The Commission received a mandatory DRI referral from the town of Yarmouth Building Commissioner on 11/6/17 for the proposed demolition of a residence, which is listed as a contributing structure in the Bass River/ South Yarmouth National Register District.  The applicant withdrew its local permit application for the proposed demolition on 2/28/18, ending DRI review of the matter.  This withdrawal was reported to the Commission at its meeting on 3/22/18. 

Falmouth Technology Park Development Agreement Extension 
Technology Park Drive, Falmouth 

At its meeting on March 22, 2018, the Commission agreed to extend the term of the Falmouth Technology Park Development Agreement to February 2021, as requested by the Falmouth EDIC.  The current agreement was entered into with the Commission in 2006.   

Eastham Water System Phase 2 </str
Town of Eastham 

The Commission granted DRI approval for Phase 1 of the Town of Eastham’s new municipal water supply system in 2015. The Town of Eastham initiated MEPA review of proposed Phase 2 of the system by filing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the MEPA office in January 2018. Phase 2 consists of a third wellfield, a second water tower, and distribution piping connecting all properties in the town not served by Phase 1. A Certificate on the Draft EIR was issued by the Secretary of the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in March 2018.  The town subsequently filed a Final EIR with MEPA in March 2018 and received a Certificate on the Final EIR in April 2018.  The town filed an application for DRI review on May 5, 2018.   

In March 2018, the Town of Barnstable applied to re-designate the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone (DHGIZ), originally approved by the Commission in 2006. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposed re-designation March 22, 2018, which was continued to April 19, 2018.  The Committee on Planning and Regulation met to review a draft written decision for the DHGIZ re-designation on April 5, 2018.  At its meeting on April 19, 2018, the full Commission voted to re-designate the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone. 

 

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