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Local Comprehensive Plan Update
Public comment on this memorandum will be accepted through November 1, 2021. Updates and additional information will be provided at the Town Council meeting on November 4, 2021. Please direct comments to Elizabeth Jenkins at email@example.com with LCP Committee in the subject line.
The Town of Barnstable is in the process of updating the Town’s Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP). A Local Comprehensive Plan sets out a vision for growth and development, land use, infrastructure, and resource protection for the community. It will include a targeted action plan to guide future policy decisions and resource allocation.
The Town last updated its LCP in 2010; significant changes to capital infrastructure plans, as well as the need to address a housing crisis and the impacts of climate change are propelling the need for widespread public engagement and an updated plan.
The Town is approaching this LCP Update in two phases. The first phase will be a Town-wide community visioning process. The objective of this process is to create a statement that expresses our community’s shared values for future growth and development, and resource protection. Community data, history, and existing conditions information is being developed as an educational tool for participants in this process. The second phase of the LPC will be the development of topic-specific and location-specific land use goals and a strategic action plan for achieving the community’s vision.
The Town of Barnstable is seeking to develop its plan in accordance with the Cape Cod Commission’s (CCC) regulations for Local Comprehensive Plan development. Municipalities on Cape Cod develop plans in accordance with these regulations in order to pursue certification of their plans by the Commission. The Commission’s LCP Regulations (developed pursuant to the CCC Act) require specific plan elements including a Vision Statement; an existing conditions overview; planning and land use goals consistent with the 15 goals identified in the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan and a targeted action plan. The Commission’s LCP regulations require the plan to be approved by the Town’s Planning Board and Town Council, in addition to certification by the Commission.
The Town will appoint a Local Comprehensive Planning Committee to guide development of the plan (to be appointed by the Town Manager, with membership ratified by the Town Council). Staff from the Town will provide technical support for development of the plan. These members will act as “citizen planners” and together seek citizen input and expert advice in creating a vision for the future of our community.
The first phase of the Local Comprehensive Planning process will be a community visioning effort. The formulation of a vision statement is an effort intended to unify Barnstable’s villages around a publicly-developed, consensus-based statement for future growth, development, and resource protection. Village-specific input will be an important part of the process. In addition to addressing town-wide issues, examining the character of the seven villages, planning to preserve their individual character, and identifying village-specific focus areas will be important aspects of the local comprehensive planning process.
The selected consultant and staff will work with the LCP Committee and staff to develop and implement a civic engagement plan for the visioning process. Community outreach efforts will engage Barnstable residents of all ages, both seasonal and year-round, as well as property owners, and other stakeholders. Input will be collected from residents of all seven villages, including their civic associations, and well as from less traditionally represented groups.