Bourne’s original Local Comprehensive Plan addressed fourteen issue areas ranging from growth management to economic development. This revised plan adds a few more issue areas to address new concerns such as education, energy, and the threat of increasing storm frequency and intensity. As before, the revised plan evolved out of concerns and visions of the people who are working most closely with each of the issue areas.
This revision separates the former Environmental Protection section into two sections: Wildlife and Plant Habitant and Wetland Resources, in order to be more consistent with the Cape Cod Commission’s revised Regional Policy Plan. Similarly, the former Economic Development section is now covered by two sections: Economy and Energy.
The earlier section on Growth Management has been dropped, reflecting changes in the Regional Policy Plan and recognition that the growth spurt experienced by Bourne and other Cape towns between 1970 and 1990 has abated and that growth has been relatively flat in recent decades. A statement of Growth Policy and a Buildout Analysis are included in this plan, however.
Bourne’s plan includes sections on Human Services and Education, although these subjects are not required by the Cape Cod Commission and not included in the Regional Policy Plan. Bourne is the only Cape Cod town with a four-year college, and one of only two Cape towns with a Technical High School, so education is an important part of Bourne’s economy and its social structure.
Both the original Bourne plan and this revision include Recreation as a separate section. The regional plan addresses recreation only as a sub-category of open space, even though the multitude of recreational opportunities enjoyed on Cape Cod sustain the regional economy and may be the primary reason why most people choose to live here.
The revised plan is more closely aligned with the Regional Policy Plan than was the original Bourne plan. At that time the regional plan was heavily oriented toward growth control and environmental protection, while Bourne was more concerned with encouraging growth in downtown Buzzards Bay and expanding infrastructure to accommodate that growth. The regional plan is now more balanced between economic development and environmental protection, and the Commission has strongly supported Bourne’s plans in recent years.
Both this plan and the latest regional plan address the same issue areas and group the issues into three major categories: Natural Systems, Built Systems, and Community Systems. This format will make it easier for users of the plan to quickly find the information they seek, and to focus on their specific areas of interest.
And finally, this revision includes in its Appendix a table listing the action items from all of the issue areas showing what agencies or persons are responsible for carrying them out, anticipated time lines for completion, and estimated costs. This appendix is an update and revision of a table created by Town Planner Coreen Moore in 2013 for the original plan.