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Hall Street Farmers Market

Yesterday I made the suggestion on the Dennis Economic Developmnt Blog that we consider closing a portion of Hall Street one afternoon a week to host a Farmers Market.  For those of you unfamiliar with the issue, the Dennisport Revitalization Committee and the Dennisport Business Association have been trying to bring a Farmers Market to the village.  Ideas ranging from Mike Stacey Park to the Catholic Church Parking Lot Have been considered.  However, each has its drawbacks. Mike Stacey Park has generally been a favored location.  However, the grassy areas of the park become inaccessible to children looking to play during those hours of operation.

Locating a Farmers Market on Hall Street itself would alleviate this issue.  It could also be tied in to other park activities, drawing many new visitors to the Village.

What do you think?

PROPOSED HOTEL ZONING DISTRICT FORUM

The proposed Hotel Zoning District plan will be voted upon at this year’s Fall Town Meeting. This district will have an impact on both the economic and aesthetic development of the Town of Dennis. To provide the town’s citizens with knowledge and background information essential to make an informed decision, the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee is sponsoring an educational forum at the Town Hall hearing room on Monday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dan Fortier, Town Planner, crafter of the proposed law. He will explain the law and will be open for questions following the presentation. Information learned at this forum will enable citizens to make a more informed decision at the Fall Town Meeting.

June 3rd Cottage And RV Zoning Meeting

We will meet on Thursday June 3rd at the West Dennis Graded School House at 9 am. At this meeting I will provide an overview of the land use history for the area and address how we got to where we are. I will also review the existing zoning code for the area. From there, we will move into a discussion of where we want to go, how we get there and what zoning can and cannot accomplish. I will bring copies of the “campground zoning” that has been pulled together to date and which is available here for your review.

Dennisport Design Charrette, Wrap Up

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

The Dennisport Design Charrette was an awesome experience.  For those of you who were not able to attend, understand that a Charrette is really a start, not an end to a process.  As the Dennisport Revitalization Commitee moves forward with the recommendations of the Charrette, there will be many opportunities to be heard.  The town strongly encourages your continued participation in the town planning process.  This includes for Dennisport as well as the rest of the town.

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

We have many things happening on the planning front.  Many required documents that have either been recently completed or are in development.  Recently completed is the Open Space and Recreation Plan, however this needs to be updated every five years, meaning it is almost time to start updating it as soon as it is completed.  Underway are the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and the Affordable Housing Action Plan.  Each of these documents require much input from the town, and also include short time frame updates.  We also have the Local Comprehensive Plan which will draw from all of these documents.  The Design Charrette will feed into the Local Comprehensive Plan, and into current zoning actions being considered.  Stay involved, get involved.  We need you to steer Dennis into the future.

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

Prepared for the Dennisport Village Design Charrette, Dennisport Revitalization Committee by "B. Dennis Town Design, Providence, Rhode Island" and "Dover, Kohl & Partners"

The Future For An Old Dennisport Building – A&P Building To Be Updated

For the Dennisport A&P building the future is now! On July 20, 2009 Prima I LLC, the property owners of the A&P building will ask the Dennis Planning Board for permission to make exterior and landscaping changes to the site.  While we do not know who the tenants will be, the property owner is close to signing a lease with a national retailer.  The following images illustrate the existing building and the proposed changes.

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ARE WE HAPPY WITH THE VILLAGE OF DENNISPORT?

The Dennisport Revitalization Committee has a goal for this year and it is vital to the economic health of the entire Town of Dennis.   We are planning a Charrette in the Spring of 2009.  A charrette is a professionally organized planning event that uses the talents and specific knowledge of multiple professionals trained to base their results on the ideas and desires of the community.  It will be a collaborative process among business owners, officials from the town region and state, residents (stakeholders), together with experts in architecture, planning, wastewater treatment, housing, transportation, and environmental sustainability.  This public participation event will be held at a local venue and moderated by an experienced charrette professional.  Public input will include discussions, debates, graphic visions, and finally, solutions.  The result will be a sustainable and practical plan of revitalization that all parties have agreed to implement.

How can you help in this effort?  We currently need volunteers during this charrette organizational phase to work in sub-committees for area studies, meeting planning, and organization.  We need your members to work on the sub-committee that is within the sphere of your expertise and interest.  Please submit the name(s) to Hank Bowen (tel. 508-385-1934) or Tom Huettner (tel. 508-394-7974) or e-mail us at DennisportRevitalization@gmail.com.  We have scheduled a series of workshop meetings to learn from you what issues should be addressed during the charrette.  These will be held at 6p.m. at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport on the following dates:

 November 21st – Historical Heritage, Transportation, and Public Safety

December 5th – Economic Development, Social Services, Housing, Arts &  Culture

December 19th – Land Use, Wastewater, Alternative Energy

 Your cooperation and interest is much appreciated.  Dennisport will blossom with a successful charrette. 

 The Dennisport Revitalization Committee:

 Hank Bowen   co-chair           Tom Huettner   co-chair

Carlyn Carey                           Bob Juliano

Alex Kennedy                         Linda Orlando