Mashpee Commons Expansion

Mashpee Commons is hoping the town will adopt an entire new concept in planning called form-based planning.  It gives the developers the ability to put buildings in logical positions relative to their uses considering their sizes and shapes.  Sounds kind of radical but we get where they are coming from.


We also get that the Mashpee Planning Board is concerned about giving to much power to the developers.  The Commons is currently committed to creating 400 residential units under the 40 B laws which requires that 25% of them are affordable.  The Planning Board wants to make sure they don’t lose that commitment.  The Board also wants to make sure they maintain the Commons’ commitment to treat all waste water that the development produces.  To ensure their control over the development, the Board submitted their own by-law amendment written by the well-respected, former Mashpee Town Planner,Thomas Fudala.  Among other things the bylaw requires that for every acre developed an acre is deeded to the Town for open space.


The Quashnet River which is a major fresh water contributor to Waquoit Bay’s estuary borders on the Commons’ property to the West.  We want to make sure that it is protected and the Board’s bylaw will do that and possibly provide more of a buffer of open space in-between the River and the Commons.


  1. We encourage all of our members in Mashpee to back the Planning Board’s efforts to control the development for the benefit of the Town of Mashpee.  You can do that by monitoring and attending the Planning Board’s meetings, writing letters and speaking up in Town Meeting in support of the article.

Waquoit’s Bourne Pond Struggle with Milfoil

Late this summer CPWB contacted some residents who live around Bourne Pond in Waquoit to see if they wanted to do something about the infestation of Milfoil.  Milfoil is a noxious, non-native aquatic weed. The Bourne Pond we are refering to is the fresh water Bourne Pond, (not the big salt water Bourne Pond the off Menauhant Road). The pond has recently had its herring run repaired and it appears to be working well adding to Bourne Pond’s importance to the Waquoit ecosystem.  


Of those families who own property on the pond that we were able to contact, there is enthusiasm for ridding the pond of Milfoil.  One of those families has agreed to contribute a significant amount of money to initiate the project.


CPWB has agreed to facilitate the project by gatheringinformation, helping with the permitting and raising money to complete the project.  CPWB has contacted a representative from the Division of Fish and Wildlife for more information.  DFW recommended contractors who have experience dealing with the problem. Those contractors have been contacted to gauge their ability and interest in bidding on the project.


Milfoil is often brought into a pond from other fresh water ponds via boats, fishing gear or in many cases, the webbed feet of ducks. During the summer months, it gets so thick that It has to be taken out with a rake to clear an area for swimming.


We have not been able to contact all of the residents around the pond so if you know of any of them please let them know what we are trying to do.