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May 2012 Cottage Size Petition Review

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  • 1. Seasonal Resort Community Zoning Petitioned Zoning Amendment Review of Petitioned Change
  • 2. Citizens Petition Seeks to Change Structural FootprintTo see if the Town of Dennis will Vote to Amend Section 12 Seasonal Resort Community District’s Subsection 12.8 Provisions Specific to Seasonal Cottages Part A. by making the noted deletion and addition :
  • 3. Citizens Petition Seeks to Change Structural FootprintDelete the current Section 12.8.AA. Seasonal Cottages may have a footprint of up to 900 sf exclusive of the area identified in subsection C below.
  • 4. Citizens Petition Seeks to Change Structural FootprintReplace Section 12.8.A with:A. Seasonal Cottages may have a footprint of up to 150% of the average base area of all cottages in their colony documented by the Dennis Assessing Department as of September 5, 2010, exclusive of the area identified in Subsection C below.
  • 5. What it does not changeIt does not remove:The ability to replace every recreational vehicle on a property with a cottage. The ability to have every cottage be 1 ½ stories and 25 feet tall. The 240 sf front porch.
  • 6. Basically, the petition attempts to restrict the footprint of cottages in the future in a manner different from thatadopted by Town Meeting in November 2010.
  • 7. The November 2010 Town Meeting vote came after: Weeks of face to face meetings at the West Dennis Graded School House. A dedicated effort by residents, property, cottage and recreational vehicle owners in reviewing, discussing, debating and modifying every aspect of the Seasonal Resort Community proposal.
  • 8. The November 2010 Town Meeting vote came after: Hundreds of people attended meetings and participated in creating the Seasonal Resort Community proposal. Fine tuning over several meetings by the Zoning By-law Study Committee and Economic Development Committee. Public Hearings by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board.
  • 9. Residents were asked to weigh inon the desirable size of cottages
  • 10. ImpactsProperty Total Base Average 150% of Current Range Area Base Area Base Area of SizesGrindells 5,270 351 527 296 to 433Campers 19,128 563 844 232 to 1,290HavenChases Ocean 87,307 406 609 254 to 1,640GroveSalt Air Village 23,681 408 612 224 to 635Village at 31,829 539 809 204 to 833NantucketSound
  • 11. Impacts Footprints Units Total Individual Total Living Footprints Living Space SpaceCurrent 900 + 240 60 68,400 1,350 81,000Amendment 527 +240 130 99,710 790 102,700
  • 12. In the end, the proposed amendment would result in more: buildings building footprint crowding and traffic.
  • 13. In the end, the proposed amendment would result in less: greenspace protection for the coastal dunes views across the property.

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