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Housing Cape Cod

Affordable and attainable housing for people with various income levels and needs is key to a vibrant, healthy, and resilient region. Cape Cod is facing a significant challenge in providing affordable and attainable housing for current and future Cape Cod residents.  This impacts not only those seeking housing but also our economy, as employers may struggle to find employees locally. The region’s highly constrained housing market is unaffordable to many Cape Cod residents; a problem which has only become more acute over the past few years as home prices have increased significantly.

The Regional Housing Strategy addresses the housing supply, affordability, and availability issues facing the region by identifying appropriate areas for housing development and crafting policies and strategies to further its goals. Successful implementation of the Regional Housing Strategy will provide residents with safe and attainable housing and will provide a more reliable workforce and customer base for our local businesses.

Baseline Information

Understanding the current housing landscape lays the groundwork for strategy development. This includes housing profiles for all towns in the region with relevant housing, demographic, and economic data, an updated regional housing needs assessment, and a zoning analysis.   

Strategy Development

Strategies and recommendations have been identified to facilitate action and alleviate the region’s housing challenges. Identifying these strategies included researching existing tools and strategies in use in the region and across the country and was informed by the stakeholder engagement process. 

Tools & Resources

Tools and resources will support implementation of the strategy. These include residential design guidelines, model bylaws for towns, and a decision support tool. Other tools and resources may be developed as needed to support the strategy and implementing its recommendations. 

Stakeholder Engagement

A robust stakeholder process engaged the public, municipal representatives, housing advocates, builders, employers, and others to define specific challenges, identify opportunities, and develop local and regional strategies that meet the needs of Cape Cod.



A draft of the Regional Housing Strategy is available. Public comments were accepted on the draft strategy through February 16. 


Several model bylaws related to increasing housing opportunities, as well as multifamily design guidelines, are available for communities to utilize and customize to fit their needs.


Housing Profiles

Housing profiles for each of the 15 towns and the region are now available.

Data Cape Cod

Explore more data related to housing, demographics, and the economy on Data Cape Cod, as well as data stories on housing and wages and home and lot sizes.

Housing Typology

Using assessors’ data, the region’s residential properties were analyzed and categorized into 13 different housing types within three broader categories of single-family, multifamily, and other.

Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The Commission worked with the Donahue Institute at UMass Amherst to develop a Regional Housing Needs Assessment.  


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16M pdf
Dec 30, 2023
Regional Housing Strategy Draft
DRAFT P.O. Box 226, 3225 Main Street Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630 Phone: 508-362-3828 Email: HOUSING CAPE COD: THE…
27M pdf
Dec 08, 2023
2023-12-08 Draft Finance Research Memo
Draft Finance Research Memo Draft Finance Research Memo Cape Cod Housing Finance Toolbox Draft: Dec 8, 2023 DRAFT Cape Cod Housing Finance Toolbox DRAFT 12/8/2023 Cape Cod…
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