- 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.
- 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.