- Housing Production plan Update

Town of Dennis
Housing Production plan Update
Final Comment Period

On January 5, 2021 the Town of Dennis Select Board, Housing Trust and Planning Board held a joint meeting to receive the Draft Housing Production Plan Update. The Plan was available for comment until February 5th, after which the consultants incorporated changes and prepared a “response to comments” document noting where to find the changes in the Draft Final Housing Production Plan.  These documents can be found here:
Dennis HPP Final Draft 3-18-2021: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvGvu198Ph56gdcS2ANPYvpLqGa1PA?e=MhQNBw
Dennis Response to Comments 3-16-2021: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvGvu198Ph56gdcRD9VSmS9moAmsKA?e=psw9A0

The Planning Board placed the review of the Revised Housing Production Plan on its June 7th and 21st agendas, and made the recommendation to the Select Board to endorse the document June 21st.

On June 29, 2021 the Town of Dennis Select Board voted to hold a final public comment period. Please provide any written comments to Courtney Butler (cbutler@town.dennis.ma.us) no later than Sunday, August 8, 2021.

The Housing Production Plan Update will:

  • Help the Town of Dennis meet its significant affordable housing needs and have more local input in the Comprehensive Permit process.
  • Points out that special consideration be given to the needs of older residents, residents with disabilities, and those living in poverty, all of which Dennis has in relatively large numbers.
  • Highlights the income disparity between Dennis and the rest of Cape Cod including:
    • In 2018 Dennis Median Household Income was the second lowest on Cape Cod.
    • Sixty-four percent (64%) of the households in Dennis pay more than 30% of their income on their housing costs.
  • Emphasizes that the growth of the seasonal second-home market continues to outpace that of the year-round market. This market data as well as community feedback indicate that it is increasingly difficult to afford a home in Dennis.
  • Recommends that the Town work to meet its annual goal of thirty-eight new affordable units through a focus on redevelopment and infill projects, through strategies such as encouraging development of Accessory Dwelling Units or adopting a Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay, among others.