The Barnstable County Ocean Management Planning District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) was an effort to plan for development in Cape Cod's ocean waters. Initiated in December 2009, the Ocean DCPC brought together decision makers from each of the Cape’s 15 towns to discuss and recommend policies for the management of sand and gravel mining, cable and pipeline installation, and construction of renewable energy in the Cape’s ocean environment. Following a year long process of recognizing and understanding the natural and cultural resource and human use values of the planning area, a Policy Committee recommended the development of implementing regulations for the district, including but not limited to determining the appropriate scale for renewable energy projects in the Cape’s ocean waters.
The Ocean DCPC process engaged policy makers, natural resource and cultural resource experts, renewable energy specialists, and the community in discussing and determining the nature and scale of potential development activities in the ocean. One of the Policy Committee’s recommendations was the preparation of the Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan, which includes an inventory of existing resources and uses, recommended regulatory changes, and management considerations.
Ocean DCPC Policy Committee Final Recommendations
Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan - Map of Planning Area
Cape Cod Ocean Management Plan - Map of Wind Energy Facility Prohibited Areas
Ocean DCPC Policy Committee Overview Statement
Ocean DCPC Guidelines - Excerpt from Ordinance 10-03
Ocean DCPC Designation - Barnstable County Ordinance 10-03