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.