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January 12, 2024
Studying the economic impacts of long-term bridge closures

Built in 1935, the Bourne and Sagamore bridges span the Cape Cod Canal and connect residents, businesses, and visitors on the Cape and Islands to the mainland. The bridges are essential for general transportation, freight, and tourism, and, in an emergency, are critical routes for evacuation.

The Cape Cod Commission has contracted with consultant Eastern Research Group, Inc (ERG) to conduct an economic analysis to better understand the impact a long-term bridge shutdown would have on the region’s economy.

January 12, 2024
Economic & Demographic Trends on the Lower & Outer Cape

The Lower and Outer Cape, comprised of the towns of Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, is a highly desirable vacation, second home, and retirement destination. Commission Chief Planner Chloe Schaefer recently presented data on the subregion's economic and demographic trends to the Lower Cape Community Development Partnership’s Board of Directors.

January 12, 2024
2024 Climate Ambassadors cohort to begin this month

The fourth cohort of the Cape Cod Commission’s Climate Ambassador Program will begin on January 31, 2024. Sixteen students representing six Cape Cod school districts have been selected to participate in this year's program. The participants have identified interests in all facets of climate change including education, policy and politics, local issues, and how to use art to convey climate-related concepts.

January 12, 2024
Regulatory Update | January 2024

This Regulatory Update provides a status on projects currently under review by the Cape Cod Commission. Visit www. capecodcommission.

January 4, 2024
Cape Cod Commission releases draft Regional Housing Strategy

The Cape Cod Commission has released the draft Regional Housing Strategy.

The Regional Housing Strategy is a bold plan that sets out strategies and recommendations to address housing supply, affordability, and availability issues facing the region. Successful implementation of the Regional Housing Strategy will provide residents with safe and attainable housing and a more reliable workforce and customer base for our local businesses.

December 21, 2023
Zoning for Housing

The Cape Cod Commission is nearing completion of a yearlong process to create a Regional Housing Strategy, a plan that aims to address the region’s housing challenges by providing a set of tools to help Cape communities expand housing opportunities for those who need and want to live here.

The tools include a suite of model bylaws the Cape Cod Commission is developing with Utile and Outwith Studio. Towns can customize and adopt these bylaws to help encourage and incentivize development and redevelopment for housing that meets the needs of year-round residents.

Posted in Newsletter, Housing
December 21, 2023
Cape Cod Bridges Program receives significant federal funding

Nearly $400 million in federal funding is on the way to support replacing the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges.

Announced on Friday, December 15, the $372 million award represents the full amount the Healey-Driscoll administration applied for in August 2023 from the Federal Multi-modal Project Discretionary Grant program, which includes the Nationally Significant Multi-modal Freight & Highway Projects (INFRA) program and the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (MEGA) program

December 21, 2023
Regulatory Update | December 2023 

A status on projects currently under Cape Cod Commission review.

Posted in Newsletter, Regulatory
December 21, 2023
Collaborative planning for the region’s transportation needs 

Planning for major road work projects across the region is a collaborative effort. Federal, state, and regional transportation planners seek various levels of input and approval before construction begins.

The Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) is a crucial element in the transportation planning process. This group brings together local, regional, state, and federal officials who convene to assess, guide, and make decisions on different facets and outcomes of transportation projects.

December 21, 2023
Strategies to strengthen the region’s vulnerable roadways

In 2021, the Commission began work on the Low-Lying Roads Project, an effort to assess and analyze the region’s low-lying roads and to devise solutions that towns can implement to increase their resiliency in the face of increased climate impacts. The project will be complete in 2024, with vulnerable roads identified and solutions presented in all 15 Cape Cod towns.

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