Most meetings are being held in person, but some are still remote or virtual. Go to eastham-ma.gov/calendar-by-event-type/16 and click on the meeting you are interested in to learn about meeting locations and any remote options that may be offered.
Thursday, Nov. 4
- Conservation Commission, noon, virtual
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 5 p.m., Town Hall
- Cultural Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall
- Nauset Regional School Committee, 6 p.m.
- Climate Action Committee, 7 p.m., virtual
Monday, Nov. 8
- Climate Action Committee, 5 p.m., virtual
- Regional Schools Policy Subcommittee, 6 p.m., virtual
Tuesday, Nov. 9
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m., virtual
Wednesday, Nov. 10
- Board of Health, 10 a.m., Town Hall
Zoning Changes Incoming
Converting motels and cottage colonies to year-round housing could soon become more than just a pipe dream. A newly formed zoning bylaw task force, including members of the planning board, zoning board of appeals, and affordable housing trust, is studying potential changes to zoning regulations.
On Monday, Nov. 1, the task force’s chair, Mary Nee, reported to the select board for the first time on the group’s progress. By mid-January, she said, it hopes to have up to four recommended zoning changes ready to bring to the select board, with the goal of getting them on the warrant for the next town meeting in May. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March.
Nee said that the task force “does not view itself as the affordable housing committee,” but that its multi-year work plan will prioritize changes to make affordable housing easier to come by.
Among these priority changes: an open space residential bylaw that would allow clustered housing in one portion of a lot while providing for open space; allowing the conversion of motels and cottage colonies into residences; and a bylaw to permit duplexes in the Eastham Corridor Special District between Old Orchard Road and the Wellfleet town line, where the North Eastham Town Center project has been proposed. —Cam Blair