SUMMARY

   Home of the Author, at Longnook . Truro – Cape Cod or Land Marks and Sea Marks  by Shebnah Rich, 1883

Home of the Author, at Longnook. Truro – Cape Cod or Land Marks and Sea Marks by Shebnah Rich, 1883

WHY? 

  • TRURO'S CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE IS LISTED AS ONE OF MASSACHUSETTS’ MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC RESOURCES.
  • Truro's Cape Cod National Seashore is unique – a National Park that encompasses 70% of Truro’s land but less than 10% of the housing stock.
  • Truro has the responsibility of stewardship of this resource and is the only town with no zoning regulations to prevent the building of a 10,000 sq. ft. house or bigger within the Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Truro benefits from being the most rural town on the Cape.
  • Other towns on the Cape and the Islands have faced this issue after HUGE houses have already been built; we can’t wait until this happens in Truro before we take action.

WHAT?

  • Restricting building size is not new – it was the original intent for the Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • An equitable regulation to limit the size of buildings within Truro’s Seashore District is based on the size of the lot.
  • It is NOT the old 50% expansion rule that is unfair for small home owners and doesn't reflect lot size.
  • Any current building over the regulation would be grandfathered, and there will be very few over the proposed limits.

Building Size Limits are a DRAFT PROPOSAL UNDER COMMUNITY REVIEW:

CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE EFFORT TO LIMIT BUILDING SIZE                                                 

  • Protection:  The Cape Cod National Seashore is both a Truro and National Treasure that must be protected.
  • Balance and Fairness:  Weighing both Individual property rights and the common good.
  • Respect:  A discussion that allows us to speak and hear different opinions without personal attacks.
  • Community:  A public process that engages the people of Truro. 
  • Clarity: A final regulation that is reasonable, fair and clear.