Barnstable Researching Federal Grant; Launches Online Zoning Portal

Barnstable Town Hall.

BARNSTABLE – During a recent meeting, Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells updated board members of two important projects happening in the town.

The first is the launch of the Barnstable Zoning Portal, an online tool that translates zoning laws into a user-friendly guide to understanding how these land use regulations apply to business and property.

Users can enter a term and then get access to an interactive zoning map showing areas where the use is allowed by zoning.

“The goal of the tool is to make zoning regulations more accessible to the public and provide potential applicants a starting point for conversation with town planning staff,” Ells said.

The one-year pilot program is in partnership with the Cape Cod Commission and the firm “Open Counter”. A link to the portal can be found on the town’s Planning and Development page.

The town and the Cape Cod Commission are also exploring a joint application for a U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant, for improvement of the two-lane portion Yarmouth Road corridor between Route 28 and Route 6.

The project is an implementation of the Hyannis Access Study, a long-range plan to improve access to and within Hyannis.

“The reconstruction of Yarmouth Road includes converting the roadway into a four-lane boulevard and the addition of a bicycle/pedestrian path connecting the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the transit hub,” Ells said.

Applications are expected to be available in the spring of 2019.

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