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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Technical Session. Mapping for a Regional Growth Policy

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AUTHORS: Heather Cormier, Cape Cod Commission; Chloe Schaefer, Cape Cod Commission

ABSTRACT: As the regional land use planning and regulatory agency for the County of Barnstable, Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Commission is responsible for preparing a Regional Policy Plan (RPP). The RPP articulates a growth policy for the region that strives to balance preserving the vital natural resources and historic charm of Cape Cod while strengthening the region’s economy. Key to this is a regional land use policy and vision map that aims to direct future planning efforts by focusing new growth and development in appropriate areas throughout the Cape while maintaining those areas that should remain as they are. The geodesign process has been used to identify centers of activity across the region that will be the major focus of future growth, using three main factors—civic activity, business activity, and physical form. Land use character was modeled and parcels were scored based on their form (building size, enclosure, etc.), business activity, and proximity to community resources. The result is a map which identifies both regional and local centers of activities. With further location-specific information, planning efforts and capital resources can be more efficiently directed towards these centers across the Cape.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
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