The Selectmen will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 5 p.m at Town Hall. This hearing was requested by a neighborhood group that wants this project to be reviewed by the Cape Cod Commission.
The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee ( DPRC ) has followed this project closely since its inception and initial presentation in 2011. The developer has made numerous concessions along the way. The project has already been delayed and a referral to the Cape Cod Commission ( CCC ) would put the entire project into an indefinite delay and jeopardy.
While the project sits idle there is an economic hit to the local economy. The area has 7 acres of prime real estate sitting empty on Old Wharf Rd. There are no workers on site, who could be patronizing local businesses and spending money in Dennis Port. There will be no one using the site during the summer. That is a loss of approx. 300 people a week (when it was an RV Park, 144 RV spaces, plus several cottages ) spending money in Dennis.
The new development calls for 63 seasonal cottages. When and if it is developed there will be significantly less people and vehicles using this site. The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee believes there is enough oversight and review of the project by the competent and professional employees of the Town of Dennis in the Engineering, Planning, Conservation and Building Departments. The State DEP will also set their guidelines and mandates.
A referral to the Cape Cod Commission is an unnecessary delay and a slap in the face to hard working and dedicated Town employees.