Ropes Beach Re-Opens for Swimming

UPDATE: July 22, 2021

Ropes Beach has re-opened for swimming. The beach water was re-sampled and analyzed at the County Laboratory today. The results meet the standards set by Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations.

ATTENTION:

Ropes Beach in Cotuit is closed to swimming due to an exceedance of the geomean standard for Enterococci bacteria discovered by the County laboratory late yesterday afternoon.   This exceedance does not meet the standards contained within Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000.  Ropes beach was posted with no swimming signs late yesterday as required.

A second sample will be obtained for analysis at the laboratory on Thursday, July 22, 2021

This beach will be required to remain closed for several days or longer depending upon future testing results.

Town-wide Beach Status Updates HERE

Cotuit Weather & Tides


Cotuit Weather Forecast HERE

Cotuit Weather Radar HERE

 

Cotuit Tides HERE

 

 


View Cotuit Town Dock Webcam HERE

If you notice a camera appears to not be working please let the Town know at: moorings@town.barnstable.ma.us

If you observe suspicious activity please contact the Barnstable Police Department 24/7 (508-775-0387) or the Harbormaster’s Office, Monday – Friday (508-790-6273).

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s)

ADU Meeting

Update:

July 15, 2021: Town Council Passed the ADU By-Right Zoning change on a vote of 10-2 (1 recusal),allowing a homeowner to build an accessory unit conforming to building codes and within septic limits. Either the primary residence or the ADU may be rented, NOT BOTH, for no less than 12 months.

On July 15, 2021 Town Council Agenda:

Town of Barnstable Town Council Public Hearing on Items 2021-174 and 2021-175 – Accessory Dwelling Units Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Zoom Meeting ID 926 0239 8466 https://zoom.us/j/92602398466
888 475 4499 US Toll-free

Town of Barnstable Zoning Email Updates: Accessory Dwelling Units

The proposed zoning amendments, Town Council Items 2021-174 and 2021-175, as well as additional information on ADUs can be found on the Town’s Accessory Dwelling Unit webpage.

Public Hearing Date Change
The Town of Barnstable advertised a public hearing to consider zoning amendments allowing Accessory Dwelling Units for an in-person Town Council meeting on July 1st. On June 16th, the Governor signed a bill allowing public meetings to continue to be held remotely. In order to maximize the opportunity for public participation, the public hearing on the ADU zoning amendments has been rescheduled for July 15th and the hearing will be held remotely, via Zoom.

You can submit comments on these items to the Town Council in the following ways:
 Attend the Town Council meeting on July 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
 Submit comments via email to Town Council staff, Cynthia Lovell, at cynthia.lovell@town.barnstable.ma.us
 Submit comments in writing to: Town of Barnstable Town Council, ATTN: Cynthia Lovell, 367 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, AICP, Director of Planning & Development:

Town of Barnstable Town Council

Public Hearing on Items 2021-174 and 2021-175 – Accessory Dwelling Units

Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. POSTPONED to July 15, 2021

Meeting at Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis

You can submit comments on these items to the Town Council in the following ways:

·        Submit comments via email to Town Council staff, Cynthia Lovell, atcynthia.lovell@town.barnstable.ma.us

·        Submit comments in writing to: Town of Barnstable Town Council, ATTN: Cynthia Lovell, 367 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, AICP, Director of Planning & Development:

Phone: 508-862-4678

Email: elizabeth.jenkins@town.barnstable.ma.us

View Planning Board Meeting HERE

At the May 6, 2021 meeting, the Town Council introduced proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as an accessory use to a single-family residential dwelling. The Town Council affirmatively voted to refer the proposed ADU zoning amendments to the Planning Board.

Item 2021-174 – Proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Ordinance

Item 2021-175 – Proposed relief by special permit for ADUs greater than 900 square feet 

On Monday May 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning amendments.

The meeting will be televised live on Channel 18 in Barnstable and may be viewed via the Channel 18 website at http://streaming85.townofbarnstable.us/CablecastPublicSite/.

You can submit comment on these items to the Planning Board in the following ways: 

  • Attend the Planning Board meeting on May 24th at 7 p.m. via Zoom (Meeting ID 922 6816 9339) and speak at the public hearing (via telephone (888 475 4499) or Zoom);
  •   Submit comments via email to Planning & Development staff, Karen Herrand, Karen.herrand@town.barnstable.ma.us
  •   Submit comments in writing to: Town of Barnstable Planning Board, ATTN: Karen Herrand, 367 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601

Attention Dog Owners

RABIES BAIT DISTRIBUTION JULY 12-23 via helicopter and ground vehicles

Information for Dog Owners

Beginning the week of July 12, 2021, oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits for wildlife will be distributed throughout the Upper, Mid, & Lower-Cape in efforts to prevent the spread of terrestrial rabies across the Cape.

ORV Distribution Area, 2021

The area shaded in Gray on this map will not receive baits as it was recently treated in May. The orange area will be treated with two black and red USDA helicopters from Tuesday (7/13) through Friday (7/16), weather pending. 

Due to areas of high human density, the portion noted in yellow will be treated by vehicles and foot beginning Monday July 12th. The ground-based distribution is expected to last between 1 and 2 weeks.

During this time frame, you will see two low-flying helicopters, as well as several town, county, and federal vehicles, distributing baits.

We ask that you keep your dogs on leash, obeying your town’s leash laws. While the baits are generally safe for your pets, the fishmeal coating may cause your pet to experience an upset stomach. Additionally, every bait that a dog consumes is one that we consider a lost dose that could have gone to an unvaccinated raccoon.

This campaign is in response to the first case of terrestrial rabies on the Cape in over 8 years. In May, a raccoon located in Hyannis tested positive for the virus. More information HERE