Housing in Dennis: Educational & Discussion Series

Sponsored by the Dennis Board of Selectmen in partnership with the Dennis Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

Access to housing that is affordable and attainable for working people and those on a fixed income is an issue on Cape Cod, including Dennis. This educational series will provide information from professionals in the housing field and provide a forum for public discussion for the citizens of Dennis. We believe the more the discussions are based on facts, the more effectively and cooperatively Dennis can address this vital issue.

SESSION 1 – Thursday, November 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm @ Dennis Senior Center

Cape Cod Commission Housing Report – Review
Heather Harper, Chief of Staff, Cape Cod Commission

There are Cape Cod Commission reports that provide an analysis of housing across the Cape. It also provides specific demographic information about each town. The Dennis data provides a profile of the current housing situation and projects into 2025 what the housing situation will be if the current trends continue as it pertains to our Town.

SESSION 2 – Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm @ Dennis Senior Center

Overview – State Affordable Housing Statute Chapter 40B
Judi Barrett, Principal, Barrett Planning Group

Massachusetts Statute Chapter 40B was designed to bring affordable housing to cities and towns across the State. It is often controversial and misunderstood. This session will provide the background on the reasons behind the creation of the statute. It will review the process and explain the role of the developer, the towns, and citizens. 

SESSION 3 – Thursday, January 10, 5:30 to 7:30 @ Dennis Senior Center

Understanding Accessory Dwelling Units and the Proposed By-Law Change
Stefanie Coxe, Principle & Founder, Nexus Werx, LLC

Dennis is considering changes to the current Accessory Dwelling Unit By-Law that would create standards and remove some restrictions, making it easier for homeowners to build and rent in-law apartments to the workforce or family members. This session will look at the rationale and potential benefits of this change.

The proposed by-law will be reviewed, and residents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Visit Build a Smarter Cape to view the model bylaw and other information.