The Growth Incentive Zone sets out a regulatory and infrastructure strategy for Downtown Hyannis to spur infill development of underutilized lands. It streamlines the permitting process for development projects downtown that meet green infrastructure and aesthetic goals.
Kate Kennen was hired by the Town of Barnstable to help town staff create the Growth Incentive Zone (GIZ) in downtown Hyannis. Because the area is already developed, there was a disincentive to go through a long and potentially costly permitting process when it is less expensive to develop on raw land outside of downtown Hyannis. The GIZ removes this hurdle, and maps out a strategy to accommodate infill and offset future growth in other areas of Town that do not have infrastructure to support new development. Kate Kennen managed existing Town staff and utilized the Town GIS department to obtain base information to get this complex planning document completed.
The thorough map-based planning document includes the following:
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