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What's New in Harwich and the Surrounding Area

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By: William F. Galvin - Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH — Residents spoke in numbers more so than volume on Tuesday evening as the Cape Cod Commission staff held a public hearing at town hall to gather information on the designation of a West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern.

About 40 residents were in attendance but only a few spoke in the hearing that lasted approximately a half hour. The majority of that time was spent with commission staff explaining the steps to be taken to have a DCPC implemented.

Commission historic preservation planner Sarah Korjeff emphasized the ability through a DCPC to establish a planning district to protect the assets of the community. It allows the town to use commission staff support to craft regulations without the threat of development during the process.

The town’s board of selectmen, planning board and historic district and historical commission have endorsed the DCPC. On Sept. 17 the Cape Cod Commission accepted the nomination from selectmen which seeks to establish a cultural, historic, architectural, or archaeological resource district; an economic resource district; and transportation management district.

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