The complete draft Local Comprehensive Plan is undergoing final review before being submitted to the Cape Cod Commission for initial certification. You can read or download a pdf of the entire plan at:


A public hearing on this draft plan is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 PM in the Veterans Memorial Community Center on Main Street, Buzzards Bay. You can also post comments, corrections, and suggestions by clicking on the Contact page of this website.


The Local Comprehensive Plan addresses all of the most crucial and important issues facing the Town. For each issue area, it provides a concise one-page summary, a goal statement, three policy statements, and a list of key actions that the town can take to achieve its goal. The Local Comprehensive Plan does not delve deeply into any of the issue areas, but refers the reader to other issue-specific studies that do. It is intended to provide a general coordinated guide to how the town wishes to proceed into the future.


All 17 elements of the draft Local Comprehensive Plan revision have been reviewed by the relevant boards, committees, and individuals responsible for carrying out the plan. The entire draft plan will be presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, May 9th. It will be presented to the Board of Selectmen on May 28th. The Table of Action Items that assigns responsibility, priority, and timing of each action item remains a work in progress, but should be done in time for the Planning Board presentation.


Several draft pages on plan development have now been posted under the topic of Background. These include What’s New in This Revision, Regional Cooperation, Growth Policy, Buildout Analysis, Highest Priority Issues, and a page on the future of Joint Base Cape Cod called The Elephant in the Room.

Discussion drafts of the five elements of the section on Natural Systems, the six elements of the section on Built Systems, and the six elements of the section on Community Systems have also been posted. The Natural Systems include Water Resources, Ocean Resources, Wetland Resources, Wildlife and Plant Habitat, and Open Space. The Built Systems include Community Design, Coastal Resiliency, Capital Facilities and Infrastructure, Transportation, Energy, and Waste Management. The Community Systems include Cultural Heritage, Economy, Housing, Recreation, Education, and Human Services.


Nearly 700 people answered all or most of the questions – more than twice as many as we expected. The high response rate means that we can confidently assume that the results represent the opinions of the entire population. As we had hoped, responses came from all over town and from all age groups. It looks like we now have a very thorough picture of what issues are most important to address in the revised Local Comprehensive Plan.  Check the Community Survey page for a summary of the results.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the questionnaire. We really appreciate your help.

to all the hearty folk who braved the nasty weather to participate in the planning workshop Saturday, October 27, 2018. We were encouraged by the large turnout and constructive discussion. and thanks to Bourne Community Television for broadcasting the event live and taping it for future broadcast.

This site documents the progress of the Town of Bourne’s effort to revise and update its Local Comprehensive Plan. It is designed to be viewed on any computer, tablet, or phone, and will automatically optimize its layout for any screen size.

The Bourne Planning Board appointed a committee to oversee revision of the LCP. Committee members are Jeanne Azarovitz, Elizabeth Brown, Daniel Doucette, and Steven Strojny, who is Chairman.

The Town Administrator contracted with Community Planning Specialist Wesley Ewell to revise and update the LCP under the direction and review of the LCP Committee. Mr. Ewell established and administers this website as part of his contract with the town.

Your comments and ideas are important to the development of our plan. Simply click on the Contact tab to leave a message for the site administrator.