Task Force to Examine Residential Zoning Regulations Select Board seeks applicants to analyze current regulations for possible updating

The Eastham Select Board has announced the formation of a Task Force on Residential Zoning to examine the town’s zoning bylaws to see if there is a need to update the regulations to keep up with current trends in housing and residential neighborhood development. The seven-to-ten member task force, appointed by the Select Board, will meet monthly and will be asked to look at recommending residential zoning or regulatory changes for the Select Board to consider in advance of Eastham’s May 2022 Town Meeting.
Here are a few examples of issues the task force will be asked to analyze:

  • The effect on neighborhoods by businesses purchasing residential properties and then using the houses for commercial purposes in residential zones.
  • Whether to limit the ability to merge residential lots to facilitate larger homes.
  • Are historic homes and scenic views properly protected?
  • Should we reconcile the differences between Cape Cod National Seashore and town regulations?

The members of the task force will include at least one person from the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Affordable Housing Trust, and the other positions will be filled by community members not serving on regulatory boards. Prior experience in zoning, planning, environmental or historical preservation is preferred.

Applications can be found online and all interested applicants must apply by January 29, 2021. Please submit all completed applications to Laurie Gillespie-Lee at admin2@eastham-ma.gov.