Current RESET Projects
Among the services Cape Cod Commission provides to towns is technical assistance through RESET projects (Regional Economic Strategy Executive Team).
Staff members from multiple departments collaborate with town leaders on planning projects to promote economic development on Cape Cod. It is part of the implementation strategy for the Cape Cod Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS, which is administered by the Commission.
The RESET process is designed to achieve creative and robust solutions by mixing the ideas of a multidisciplinary team with wide expertise. Different perspectives are respected and desired. Commission staff members with policy, planning, regulatory, and technical expertise each bring their unique perspectives and information to the table to provide specific, tangible deliverables — site plans, research reports, land use planning, recommended changes to bylaws and more — tailored to the needs of a specific town. REST projects are initiated at the request of individual towns.
There are several such projects underway in 2015:
ORLEANS, RTE 6: This RESET project aims to confirm Local Comprehensive Plan consistency with what’s on the ground; analyze local zoning, parking, and infrastructure; and reach out to local business and property owners on Route 6 to discuss future plans and any obstacles in the way. Recently, the Commission met with the Orleans Planning Board and several selectmen to present preliminary recommendations as the RESET project wraps up this fall. Many of the recommendations are related to streetscape improvements; others include recommended tweaks to existing regulatory processes within the town to foster a more ‘business-friendly’ environment. The final set of recommendations is due to the town in early fall.
BARNSTABLE, RTE 132: The Commission is working with the Town of Barnstable on the Iyannough Road Regional Retail Center Redevelopment Incentive Project, analyzing the four commercial areas on Route 132 (the Cape Cod Mall, the Capetown Plaza, the Festival Plaza, and the Southwind Plaza). A kickoff meeting with the project team has been scheduled for early September.
FALMOUTH, DAVIS STRAITS: The goal of this RESET project is to provide technical assistance to the Town of Falmouth by creating a redevelopment plan for Davis Straits and Worcester Court, focusing on the stretch between Jones Rd and Scranton Ave, and developing plans for a Greenway Corridor linking Little Pond with the Teaticket Park. The Commission will be working on a public outreach process this fall, following the conclusion of a traffic study being conducted by the town’s consultant.
FALMOUTH, OLYMPIC VILLAGE: For this RESET project, the Commission is working with the Town of Falmouth to facilitate discussions about how to best use a 31-acre piece of property on Route 151, and to help develop land use alternatives. The Commission is facilitating a series of workshops to enable public discussions about the future of the property. The The town and Commission developed a survey to gather resident feedback on the Olympic Village Project. It is available at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/THZ5NJZ.
MASHPEE: The Town of Mashpee requested the Commission’s assistance with a planning study, in order to determine potential future uses for the industrial park located near Route 28. Pinnacle Advisory Group is conducting an Upper Cape hotel feasibility study, and will be compiling information on and interviewing local lodging facilities to determine whether hotel/model/B&B needs are currently being met in the subregion.
For more information on all RESET projects, visit the Commission website at: capecodcommission.org/reset