Annual Town Meeting Approves Building Size Restrictions


Building size limits were always the Seashore's original intent.  The trend for private property owners to build larger and larger houses in Truro's Seashore District, replacing small cottages and historic houses, will ultimately change forever the incomparable rural character of our Seashore District.  We are not trying to prevent large houses from being built, just really HUGE ones that will dominate the landscape.  We are seeking a zoning amendment to limit house size that is fair and clear.

Also of growing concern, market forces are now threatening to convert two primitive tent-site camping areas in Truro's Cape Cod National Seashore into year-round RV parks with full utility hookups,  The fragile landscape must be better protected.

“We are getting a lot of refugees from the Hamptons, not to mention Nantucket,” Mr. (Nick) Brown said...The Outer Cape, he said, “is the antithesis of the Hamptons, where the one-upmanship of my outrageousness is more outrageous than your outrageousness,” which has led people to construct residential behemoths with the square footage of department stores simply because they can. (Guy Trebly quoting Truro Realtor Nick Brown, New York Times, The Calming Quiet of Outer Cape Cod, Aug. 26, 2015)

This early 18th century "Cape" could be replaced by a 3-times larger "Mega-Mansion" under Truro's current Zoning Bylaw.

This early 18th century "Cape" could be replaced by a 3-times larger "Mega-Mansion" under Truro's current Zoning Bylaw.

Why now?

"I think the time has passed when we old timers can hope that Cape Cod will stay the way it is . . . we have absolute proof it is going to change…”
(Ozzie Ball, Truro, Hearing for the Cape Cod National Seashore Legislation, 1960)

Residential development on Cape Cod, 1951 and 1999 (Source: UMass/Mass GIS, 2004)

Residential development on Cape Cod, 1951 and 1999 (Source: UMass/Mass GIS, 2004)



The Truro Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at the Truro Town Hall to take comments on the proposed Seashore District zoning bylaw amendment.


Join Save Truro Seashore to encourage our fellow Truro citizens to adopt zoning to limit big buildings to protect the rural and historic character of Truro’s Cape Cod National Seashore.  We now include many of your Truro friends and neighbors and hope to bring more into the circle of support.

Save Truro Seashore was started by John Marksbury, formerly chair of the Truro Conservation Trust, and Chuck Steinman, currently Vice Chair of the Truro Historical Commission. For years, they have actively led or participated in land conservation and historic preservation efforts, including most recently the preservation of the 1827 Truro Congregational Meeting House. They helped form the Friends of the Truro Meeting House, a nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization, to apply for and manage Community Preservation Act (CPA) grants, raise private donations, and sponsor community activities.  Previously they participated in the CPA funded preservation of the 1912 Cobb Memorial Library, saving the 1848 Truro Town Hall, stopping Stop & Shop, and conserving Poor’s Hill in South Truro.  Raising funds and applying for a state grant to create the “gateway park” at the site of an abandoned gas station at Route 6 and 6A in North Truro, first involved them in conservation here.  They continue to be dedicated to serving Truro.  For more than a year they met and talked with many of Truro's residents and town officials who share their concern that Truro's Cape Cod National Seashore is at risk of irreversible over-development that will forever change its unique character.  They greatly appreciated and thank theTown voters who overwhelming voted for this important Zoning Bylaw protection.  They are now working with the Planning Board to implement a similar protection for Truro's entire Residential District.