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Seasonal resort zoning concept edc


Presentation to the Dennis Economic Development Committee June 17, 2010

Presentation to the Dennis Economic Development Committee June 17, 2010

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  • 1. Seasonal Resort Zoning Concept Presentation to Dennis Economic Development Committee
  • 2. Dennis has a long history of hosting “tourist” camps
    • These “camps,” recreational vehicle parks and cottage colonies date back decades.
    • For the past 40 years the town has not promoted re-investment.
  • 3. New Cottage Resorts Have Started to be Developed
    • Cottage communities are springing up on both coasts
    • Washington State communities have developed standards which promote investment
  • 4. And these aren’t your grandfather’s RV’s anymore
    • Recreational “Vehicles” Parks have also changed dramatically in the past 40 years.
  • 5. New cottages bring all the amenities
    • Providing opportunities for investment in existing properties can accommodate existing populations and promote the modern travelers needs
  • 6. And the modern RV does the same
    • The modern RV is designed for comfort and to provide a traveler with desired amenities as well
  • 7. After 37 years, perhaps a new approach is appropriate, one that seeks to reinvigorate these sites
  • 8. Perhaps its time to recognize they are part of the community, and represent an economic opportunity for Dennis
  • 9. Acceptance and establishing standards can bring value
    • Summer Village Westford MA – starting at $174,000
  • 10. New Generation RV’s also have greater value than traditional “over the road models
  • 11. Tourist accommodations come in all flavors
    • As we think about tourist accommodations we need to think about inclusion, not exclusion.
    • Inclusion is one of the precepts even in our earlier hotel zoning discussions.
  • 12. In the end, we also need to remember our connection to the past, it is part of what Dennis is all about