Hyannis’s major economic areas – Downtown and Route 132 – will be the focus of an intensive look at how both areas and the residential areas that surround and connect them function.
Land use, housing production, infrastructure, social and demographic characteristics and the overall regulatory environment are among the issues to be reviewed. Reauthorization of the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone, or GIZ, was the impetus for the planning project. Expanding to include the regionally important commercial area provides an opportunity to look at Hyannis more holistically and comprehensively.
A GIZ is a designation by the Commission that aims to direct development and redevelopment into areas with existing development and adequate infrastructure, and away from sensitive resource areas. Through designated GIZs, towns may enhance designated Economic Centers by encouraging a concentrated mix of residential and commercial uses within these locations while ensuring that all growth is properly served by adequate infrastructure.
Late last year, the Commission approved an 18-month extension of the GIZ to October 2017. The extension will allow this community engagement project to inform the eventual application.
The outcomes from the project will be an application for renewal of the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone and set of recommendations for regulatory reforms and possible infrastructure support to advance the planning and vitality of the Route 132 area.
This work will be aided by the addition of new planning tools, including a three-dimensional modeling application and scenario-planning tools that can evaluate options at regional, local and parcel-specific levels.
The purpose of creating GIZs is to direct development and redevelopment into areas with existing development and adequate infrastructure and away from sensitive resource areas. Through designated GIZs, towns may enhance designated Economic Centers by encouraging a concentrated mix of residential and commercial uses within these locations while ensuring that all growth is properly served by adequate infrastructure.
The key benefit of a designated GIZ is cumulative relief from further Cape Cod Commission review for projects up to thresholds established in the approved designation.
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The Stakeholder Outreach process began in 2015, but became the focus for the second half of 2016. Talking to members of the community helps the Commission create a plan that reflects what people living in area want from their neighborhood.
The first list of Stakeholders included over 90 people from the Greater Barnstable area. Those needed to be divided into smaller groups and a series of individual meetings.
TOWN COUNCILORS - In September and October the Commission met with 10 of the 13 Barnstable Town Councilors to get their input on expanding the list of Stakeholders, and also their ideas about what Hyannis needs to achieve its development goals.
REALTORS – In December of 2016 the CCC met with local realtors and developers to discuss what they hear from their customers. For example, are people looking to rent in Downtown Hyannis? Or are they looking to buy? How many bedrooms? The information gathered will help the Commission make zoning and housing recommendations to the town.
CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS – Organizing a meeting with all 7 of the local Civic Associations was a good way to bring together people from all over the Town of Barnstable. They have an interest in Hyannis Village’s success as a residential and business district as well.
EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE– Promoting Hyannis as a place for young families was a priority for nearly everyone the CCC spoke to, so we set up a meeting with local superintendents to go over what they hear from parents, students, and teachers who go to their schools.
BUSINESS OWNERS – There are already many businesses on Main Street who experience the seasonal nature of Cape Cod every year, it was important to set up a forum in which they could share their observations and ideas with the CCC.
INDIVIDUALS - The individual meetings began in September of 2016 and will continue into 2017.
Hyannis residents will have two opportunities at upcoming public meetings to hear details Cape Cod Commission’s Hyannis Project.
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