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Regulatory Role


As required by the Cape Cod Commission Act and guided through the policies and practices in the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan (RPP), the Cape Cod Commission:

  • encourages the establishment and operation of businesses and industries that maximize economic progress in the region while minimizing environmental impacts;
  • guides development and redevelopment to areas with adequate infrastructure to support it; and
  • encourages the rehabilitation and reuse of existing sites.

RPP Economic Development Principles

  • Protect and build on your competitive advantage — For the Cape, this is the region's unique natural environment, historic village character, working agricultural land, harbors, and cultural heritage.
  • Use your resources efficiently — Resources include natural assets, capital facilities, infrastructure, and human capital. Population and land use patterns affect efficiency.
  • Foster balance and diversity — Economic strength and sustainability benefit from a mixture of industries, businesses, workers, ownership types, and employment options.
  • Expand opportunity and regional wealth — Methods include increasing exports, substituting imports locally, attracting capital, and fostering local ownership.

RPP Economic Development Goals

  1. Low-impact and Compatible Development - To promote the design and location of development and redevelopment to preserve the Cape’s environment and cultural heritage, use infrastructure efficiently, minimize adverse impacts, and enhance the quality of life for Cape Codders.
  2. A Balanced Economy - To promote a balanced regional economy with a broad business, industry, employment, cultural, and demographic mix capable of supporting year-round and quality employment opportunities.
  3. Regional Income Growth - To promote economic activity that retains and attracts income to the region and benefits residents, thus increasing economic opportunity for all.
  4. Infrastructure Capacity - To provide adequate capital facilities and infrastructure that meet community and regional needs, expand community access to services, and improve the reliability and quality of services.

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Also supporting the Regional Policy Plan is the Cape Cod Commission's guidance document for Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs):  Technical Bulletin 04-002 - DRI Economic Development Technical Bulletin.

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Contact Chief Economic Development Officer Leslie Richardson with questions about the Economic Development planning goals and minimum performance standards of the Regional Policy Plan.


Also available for review:

Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Decisions

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