Truro and Provincetown, Massachusetts
The rural communities of Truro and Provincetown are seeing the effects of a developing trend. Summer residents are tearing down modest homes in order to build larger, more expensive ones. The 2,000 year-round residents of Truro are being priced out, and are concerned about the loss of character once prevalent in their sleepy Cape Cod town. Many employed in the area have to commute even though some Truro houses sit empty all winter. Provincetown and Truro are both historic fishing communities with a summer tourist bent, however, as tourists begin to invest in vacation homes the layout and accessibility of the towns are changing.
In April 2017 Truro passed two zoning amendments aimed at preserving the year-round community’s access to housing. The first amendment limits the size of homes built in the town’s Cape Cod National Seashore zoning district. The second amendment allows for new construction or conversions of single-family dwellings for year-round rentals.
Truro officials are currently considering placing restrictions on new residential construction. The proposed zoning legislation would limit new homes to 3,600 square feet.
Provincetown passed a bylaw aimed at preserving the character and charm of the community. The bylaw dictates that residential properties cannot be more than 25% larger than the average size of nearby homes.
— Cassie Dana, One Big Home Researcher
UMASS LAW REVIEW: Cape Cod town rebels against "starter castles"
Truro opens a debate
on limiting the size of houses
CAPE COD TIMES:
Provincetown zoning bylaw decision faces SJC appeal
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Truro to consider limits on house size
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TRURO AND PROVINCETOWN PROFILES:
Land Conservation and Community Activist,
and Urban Planner and Historic Preservation Activist (respectively),
“You need a clear vision that readily translates into a soul-stirring message. You need to do your homework, recruit a small core group of committed and talented people, and persevere to be one step ahead of the opposition. Finally, you need to educate the public through a steady output of information in a variety of formats, from media to meetings on both a small and large scale.”
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