Wins Achieved for Housing at Fall Town Meetings Across the Cape & Islands

Voters across the region approved pro-housing articles that will ease the worsening housing crisis in the Fall 2023 Town Meeting cycle.

This includes millions in appropriations for wastewater infrastructure that will allow for new, multi-family units to serve individuals, families and seniors.

Voters also approved measures promoting forward-thinking zoning changes that will allow for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and multi-family complexes and approved financial allocations and other policies that will benefit seasonal and year-round workers.

Some Highlights:

Brewster allocated more than $762,000 to fund an affordable buy-down program and a proposed housing development. The buy-down program will make grants available to eligible home buyers when purchasing a home in town. The funds will also support the development of the 45-affordable unit Spring Rock Village. Town Meeting members also voted to relax ADU restrictions and allow housing development AND the preservation on neighborhood character. 

Falmouth passed the $24 million Teaticket-Acapesket Service and Sewer upgrade, which will allow for denser housing development once completed. 

Mashpee also passed $705M for wastewater planning and design and fine-tuned an ADU bylaw to encourage more year-round rental options. 

Orleans set aside $120,000 to fund the town’s comprehensive plan, which will focus on housing, land use and economic development. 

Provincetown approved an article to allow the town to purchase land for the purpose of housing. Residents also placed deed restrictions on some surplus properties, preserving them as community housing units. Voters also limited short-term rentals (STRs), banned fractional ownership, and allowed ADUs by-right to be rented seasonally to help support the workforce. 

Wellfleet passed a nearly $2M appropriation for a wastewater facility for 95 Lawrence Road, which will allow for up to 46 rental units upon completion. Voters also approved several zoning changes such as allowing multi-family housing in the commercial zone and inclusionary zoning to allow for more affordable housing units. 

Yarmouth expanded ADU legislation to encourage more units to be built and eliminated family-related and affordability restrictions for new ADUs. 

Nantucket approved a $1M transfer from the General Fund to fund a town employee housing pilot program and approved supplemental appropriations that allow for town employee housing. 

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