Local Committee Launches Community-Based Planning Effort

Brewster Vision Planning Committee to Build on 2018 Vision Plan, Help Develop Local Comprehensive Plan

BREWSTER, MA January 22, 2021 - The Brewster Vision Planning Committee (BVPC) today announced the formal launch of its work to implement the goals of the Brewster Vision Plan of 2018 and inform development of a community-driven Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP) for certification under the Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Policy Plan.

Appointed by the Brewster Select Board in early 2020 but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BVCP is charged with helping implement the Brewster Vision Plan of 2018, a planning document resulting from a 2-year community engagement process which established a set of building blocks for Brewster’s future. The BVPC will solicit community input to track town progress since 2018 and define additional steps to advance citizens’ vision for the future. It will also work with town staff and the community to develop an LCP based upon the Plan’s vision statement, building blocks, and goals. The LCP will particularly focus on land use issues, where its targeted action plan will guide zoning changes reflective of community goals for future land use. Once certified, the LCP will provide Brewster with more access to Cape Cod Commission resources including priority consideration for planning and technicalassistance.

BVPC chairman Hal Minis said, “townspeople worked hard to develop the Brewster Vision Plan of 2018 and, through this next phase, will be able to see how their work has already shaped our town and will continue to guide its future.” Town Administrator Peter Lombardi added, “The Vision Plan created an important framework that has directly informed the Town’s strategic planning efforts over the past few years. We applaud the Vision Planning Committee’s commitment to keeping our residents actively engaged in local governance and look forward to their work to ensure that Town policies, projects, and programs continue to reflect the priorities of ourcommunity.”

Vision planning committee work is expected to occur over the next 1-1/2 years and will involve numerous community engagement opportunities including public meetings, presentations, focus groups, and surveys. The committee will specifically reach out to stakeholders for action updates relating to the building blocks identified by the 2018 Vision Plan, including: community character, water resources, open space, housing, coastal management, local economy, governance, and community infrastructure.

The 9-member BVPC includes chair Hal Minis, vice-chair Kari Hoffmann and members Patricia Hess, Andi Genser, Garran Peterson, Fran Schofield, Sue Searles, Sharon Tennstedt, and Paul Wallace. Ned Chatelain and Honey Pivirotto serve as liaisons to the Select Board and Finance Committee, respectively, while town planner Ryan Bennett represents the town, and Tighe and Bond, an engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Hyannis, provides professional consulting services.

The BVPC will announce future opportunities for public engagement through a variety of channels including the town website homepage, a periodic newsletter, and social media. Due to the COVID pandemic, the BVP Ccurrently meets virtually twice a month, with meetings available for public viewing on Channel 18.

The 2018 Vision Plan and Local Comprehensive Plan Guidance can be found on the town website (www.brewster-ma.gov). For more information, contact the Brewster Planning Department at brewplan@brewster-ma.gov.