Chatham prefers 8 "affordable" units on 1.3 acres over winter boat storage
Brewster & Orleans prefer a sub-division over a small horse farm
By Walter Brooks, a.k.a. the Blogfather
I was speaking with Barnstable author Alexander Theroux last week upon his return from Estonia where he said he found the only native population ruder than his fellow Cape Codders.
We both decided that this phenomenon is the result of the Cape's re-population by washashores like ourselves rather than the old Cape Codders who were taciturn but polite.
Cape Codders are a fair people - they never speak well of one another
The latest two examples of our native cussedness which leap to mind are these.
The former Fougere's Nursery property on Route 28 in Chathamport was bought in 2002 by the owners of Ryder's Cove Boatyard as a place for storing boats in the winter months.
The property for decades has been used for a landscaping business with all the dirty trucks and other equipment typical of that business parked between piles of loam and wood chips, as the photo above taken yesterday shows.
Boats, whether at sea, at mooring or in a backyard are beautiful things, but the neighbors thought otherwise and stopped Ryder's Cove from making a reasonable use of their property.
It will now be auctioned off under an H20 permit request to build eight units in three buildings on 1-1/3 acres. The neighboring snobs will get exactly what they deserve - eight families (hopefully with lots of loud kids) of modest mean instead of those horrible stored sailboats which would only be on the property in winter anyways as they watch their tax rate rise to service their new neighbors.
It's even worse in Brewster and Orleans
The other example of unneighborly arrogance is shared by both Brewster and Orleans.
Mark Nickerson is a young home builder who wants to house twenty horses on forty acres he bought along Route 39 near the Brewster-Orleans town line.
The scene above show what the property looks like along the road. He cleaned and landscaped the forty acres for pastures and trails, and as you drive by it looks like a bucolic parkland. But the neighbors don't like horses and the bureaucrats in Orleans want to flex their muscles to show their power and suggest that horses are a hazard to the water table but forty or more new houses would not. I guess the up to eighty families who might occupy that same land will wait till they get off the land before they use a bathroom to relieve themselves.
The Nickerson property is a credit to his good taste and a far better use of forty acres than another subdivision. In fact, it may be the best possible use given the price of gas which rose to $3.42 a gallon yesterday at a nearby station.
The owner says he complied with all laws and regulations and will never give in, and anyone who knows Mark Nickerson also knows that is a formidable threat.
He'll get his horse farm, but this writer can't help but wish he would bless my town with his farm and apply for a permit to Orleans and Brewster to build about eighty affordable units on the Route 39 land.
The neighbors there deserve it.
Below are the recent stories in the local press about both these properties.