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The Barnstable County Ocean Management Planning District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) was an effort to plan for development in Cape Cod's ocean waters. Initiated in December 2009, the Ocean DCPC brought together decision makers from each of the Cape’s 15 towns to discuss and recommend policies for the management of sand and gravel mining, cable and pipeline installation, and construction of renewable energy in the Cape’s ocean environment. Following a year long process of recognizing and understanding the natural and cultural resource and human use values of the planning area, a Policy Committee recommended the development of implementing regulations for the district, including but not limited to determining the appropriate scale for renewable energy projects in the Cape’s ocean waters.

The Ocean DCPC process engaged policy makers, natural resource and cultural resource experts, renewable energy specialists, and the community in discussing and determining the nature and scale of potential development activities in the ocean. One of the Policy Committee’s recommendations was the preparation of the Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan, which includes an inventory of existing resources and uses, recommended regulatory changes, and management considerations.

Ocean DCPC Policy Committee Final Recommendations

Sand & Gravel Mining  

Cable & Pipeline Installations

Offshore Wind Energy Facilities

Proposed Implementing Regulations for the Ocean Management Planning DCPC

Related Documents

Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan

Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan - Map of Planning Area

Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan - Map of Wind Energy Facility Prohibited Areas

Ocean DCPC Policy Committee Overview Statement

Ocean DCPC Guidelines - Excerpt from Ordinance 10-03

Ocean DCPC Designation - Barnstable County Ordinance 10-03

Reference Materials

Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan


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May 23, 2019
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Jul 19, 2010
BARNSTABLE COUNTY In the Year Two Thousand and Ten Ordinance No. 10-03 To establish a District of Critical Planning Concern pursuant to the Cape Cod Commission Act (the “Act”) in the ocean waters off Barnstable County, Massachusetts. BARNSTABLE COUNTY hereby ordains: SECTION 1.0 Source of Authority and General Purposes As authorized by Section 10 of the Cape Cod Commission Act, the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates hereby proposes the Ocean Management Planning District as hereinafter described, for designation as a District of Critical Planning Concern (“District” or “DCPC”). The designation of this district was proposed by the Barnstable County Commissioners. The purpose of the district is to evaluate and establish criteria for determining appropriate scale for renewable energy projects within Barnstable County, and for establishing procedures and regulations for the review of wind turbines and other uses and activities allowed under the Oceans Act of 2008 within the district, including: 1) the installation or development of activities and facilities associated with the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power, 2) the laying of cables, 3) channel and shore protection projects, 4) sand and gravel extraction for shore protection or beach restoration, 5) projects authorized under Chapter 91 and deemed to be of Public Necessity and Convenience, and 6) other related activities not specifically prohibited by the Oceans Sanctuaries Act. The five DCPC types designated and outlined in Section 4 of this ordinance pertain to the charges of determining appropriate scale and regulating wind, and relate to the broader charges of the Commission under the Act, namely to protect unique natural, cultural and other values and to ensure balanced economic development. SECTION 2.0 Effective Date The Ordinance shall take effect upon the effective date of this ordinance or upon recording of this Ordinance at the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds, whichever occurs later. SECTION 3.0 Written Description of the Area The area nominated for District designation is as follows: The proposed district is comprised of all the ocean waters and land below and air above within Barnstable County, starting from a line drawn 0.3 nautical miles seaward from Mean High Water (MHW) around Barnstable County and extending to 3 nautical miles from MHW, or the state jurisdictional boundary, whichever is farther from the shore, not to include the waters of Plymouth County, as shown on the attached map. This area is coincident with the planning area as defined in the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and excludes the Cape Cod Canal and many of the bays, harbors and embayments as shown on the attached map. Where the bounds of Falmouth, Mashpee, and Bourne’s municipal corporations intersect with the bounds of Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Gosnold, West Tisbury, Tisbury, or Oak Bluffs’ municipal corporations, the district boundary ends with the municipal corporation boundary. BARNSTABLE COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF DELEGATES Ordinance 10-03: Ocean Management Planning DCPC April 21, 2010 2 The boundaries are shown on the map attached herein as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference. The proposed district encompasses 521,552.3 acres of open water. The land and water within the proposed Ocean Management Planning District reasonably belong within the District because, among other things: 1) they comprise ecological communities which are both distinct and intersect, comprising a whole, 2) the district contains resources of value for their intrinsic qualities as natural living systems, 3) the district contains resources which support or have the potential to support human endeavors, specifically the Cape Cod regional economy, 4) the district comprises a continuous scenic landscape that provides a setting and backdrop for historic villages, and recreational and other day to day activities, providing scenic views both to and from the water, 5) a portion of the area is part of contiguous area mapped as habitat according to the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 6) the district has the potential to support major public, or commercial investments of utility infrastructure that may benefit the Cape Cod community, and 7) the district contains resources or features that may pose conflicts between uses, or create hazards. The Commission also
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