The Feasibility of Creating a Regional Transfer of Development Rights Program in Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the feasibility of instituting a transfer of development rights program in Barnstable County Massachusetts or more commonly known as Cape Cod. The population of Cape Cod has dramatically increased over the past 50 years and a result a sprawl pattern of development has occurred. The sprawl pattern of development has removed many of the natural feat... read moreures of Cape Cod that attracted residents in the first place. Further these types of development patterns have not allowed town centers to acquire the necessary infrastructure to handle more growth. The development in Cape Cod could have been drastically different had a TDR program been instituted in 1970's and Cape Cod would still benefit from installing a program today. This study concludes that there is still adequate demand for development and preservation in the region to make a TDR program feasible with great assistance from the Cape Cod Commission. However, due to the complexity of a regional program and the general lack of knowledge about TDR's a very long and expensive educational training program would need to take place. Recommendations have also been made as to the first steps that would need to be taken in order to begin the process of instituting a TDR program in the region.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Jonathan Witten.
Committee: Jonathan Witten, and Barbara Parmenter.
Keyword: Land use planning.read less