The Economic Development Committee met on Thursday May 20th to continue its work on the Hotel Resort Zoning Proposal. The Committee spent significant time discussing the zoning proposal, made several final changes to the proposal and recommended changes to other related portions of the Dennis Zoning By-law. The end result of this discussion is the Revised Draft Zoning Proposal found above.
The Revised Draft now begins to include references to other portions of the Dennis Zoning By-law that would need to be changed, as well as a proposed change to the Resort Residential Zoning District. The proposed change to the Resort Residential Zoning District was to recommend that future hotel and motel projects in the RR District be treated on equal footing to such uses in all other sections of town. Specifically, the Committee has recommended that these uses in the RR district be subjected to Special Permit review just like is now required of hotel and motel uses everywhere else in town, and as is proposed for hotel and motel projects that might move forward under the current zoning proposal.
Another significant change being proposed by the Economic Development Committee, which is included in the latest draft but still needs significant committee involvement, is the idea of allowing changes of use of existing floor space to support specified “accessory” type uses.
Finally, the Committee began discussions of how to proceed to Town Meeting with this proposal. While the Committee continues its final review of this by-law proposal, the EDC is now going to also to solicit formal input and review from other Town Committees involved in the Zoning process. This process will start with gaining input from the Zoning By-law Study Committee before formal submittal of the proposal to the Dennis Board of Selectmen for inclusion in the Town Meeting Warrant.