Residents and business owners are invited to participate in a visioning workshop on Monday, June 17, to discuss what kinds of housing and other development they would like to see along Route 130.
The workshop will be held at 6 PM at Sandwich Town Hall.
The town is working with the Cape Cod Commission and the Sandwich Economic Initiative Corporation to host the first—and possibly more—workshops on the subject.
About $20,000 in state grant money will be used to pay for Union Studio—a Rhode Island-based architecture and design firm specializing in urban development—to facilitate the workshops and come up with 3D models of the ideas for the area, Planning Director Ralph A. Vitacco said recently.
All interested businesses and residents are welcome to attend. The SEIC is recommending that the area of interest should extend from the beginning of Route 130’s commercial district to Snake Pond Road.
That extensive area would allow for the inclusion of a proposed mixed-use housing and commercial development known as Sandwich Green and another “smart growth” development adjacent to the town’s industrial park that would include housing, commercial uses and renewable energy stations and wastewater facilities.
The visioning process has been funded by a $35,000 state grant from the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program. It is administered by the Cape Cod Commission.
The regional planning agency is particularly interested in how taxpayers feel about more condensed, less expensive housing, according to a flyer posted on the town website.
For those who are interested but cannot attend, there is a related survey available at the Cape Cod Commission’s website at capecodcommission.org/survey.
“This visioning effort begins with a study of potential forms of housing that would be affordable to future residents of a mixed-use community planned to support economic diversity in Sandwich,” the flyer says.
The Cape Cod Commission will take the findings from the workshop and survey “to develop a regulatory framework for South Sandwich Village commercial zoning district to facilitate the desired development types and density within the study area consistent with the desires of the community,” according to the grant application.