Concerns of Barnstable Residents

Impact on Wetlands and Wildlife

  • Proposed development will significantly reduce the amount of green space that would absorb rainfall; significantly increasing non-permeable areas leading to increased flooding in the area and decreasing the amount of nitrogen that will be safely filtered out by ground vegetation.
  • Proposed development at juncture of Stewart’s and Joshua’s Creeks risks runoff of pollutants from the roadways and pavement flowing into the creeks.
  • Part of the property is in a Wellhead Protection Overlay Zone.
  • New housing development should not be allowed to proceed based upon the possibly non-compliant conditions used to build a golf course. Current Conservation Commission regulations should be followed to preserve the Wetlands.
  • Part of the 40-acre property is in the AE and VE flood zones.

  • Proposed buildings are near flood zone and must meet the setback guidelines for wetland.
  • Golfers report that parts of the golf course is flooded for days after a rain storm, questioning the viability of locating an apartment complex in this location.
  • The property is listed on topographical maps as Conservation Land.
  • Stewart’s Creek Neighbors for two years worked closely with Town Council, Dept. of Public Works, Conservation Commission to clean up and restore Stewart’s and Joshua Creeks to natural habitat and wildlife. Development could reverse their efforts.
  • Abutter reports that Scudder Ave floods in wetlands on both sides of Scudder Ave near proposed development entrance.
  • Current effort to manage runoff at Conference Center not effective.  The Conference Center built a drainage pond a few years ago next to the proposed development entrance, to meet a town requirement. Abutter reports effort is unsuccessful and flooding continues and flows into Creek entrance.
  • Abutter who lives on Joshua’s Creek across from the golf course opposes project as it “specifies large amounts of impervious pavement, replacing trees and other vegetation.  It is a formula for additional, excessive storm water run-off into Joshua’s creek.”
  • Concern that unit design/architecture be more along with the Cape Cod theme, versus three story rectangular apartment buildings.

  • Housing density.
  • A number of planning and building regulations aren’t being met and require a variance.

  • The property is zoned for single family homes.

  • Building housing in a wetlands area impacts future viability of waterways and wildlife.

  • Town height restriction for buildings is 30 feet or 2 ½ stories, whichever is less. Proposed apartment buildings are 47 feet high.

  • Town parking requirement is 2 spaces per unit. LMC allocated 1 ½ spaces per unit, which amounts to 2 + acres of paved land, a significant reduction in green space.

  • 50% of total upland area in a development must be kept as open space. Unclear if LMC is following this requirement as LMC is proposing building in the upland area.

  • Concern about lighting in development should focus into the development, not up and out towards creek and area homes, disturbing nocturnal habitat.

Pedestrian Safety

  • 650 plus new pedestrians from apartment complex raises potential for increased pedestrian accidents in the area.
  • Lack of sidewalks on Greenwood Ave forces pedestrians to walk in the street day and night.
  • Inadequate street lighting, especially Greenwood Ave, makes it difficult to see pedestrians at night.
  • On 2/4/21 a request was made to Hyannis Fire Chief Burke, on behalf of the neighbors, to encourage the placement of more streetlights should the development move forward.
  • Lack of crosswalks, stop signs, pedestrian crossing signs, causes pedestrians to cross a roadway or intersection improperly.
  • Threat to older neighbors who daily walk to beach on roadways without sidewalks.
  • Greenwood Ave. has continuous stream of walkers in roadway due to no sidewalks, walking their dogs, walking to the beach or taking daily walks in the neighborhood.

Single entrance/exit to apartment complex

  • Location of entrance/exit is in a dangerous congested area with school buses entering from Scudder Ave, vehicles backing out of Capeway Towing, merging of vehicles from Scudder and Greenwood Ave, high speed drivers approaching from West End Rotary, vehicles going in and out of the Melody Tent, Hyannis Hotel and Spa and Conference Center.

  • One way in and out of complex, while legal, may be a potential safety hazard for fire and emergency vehicles and residents if residents are also trying to leave the area.

  • On 2/5/21 the Hyannis Fire Department confirmed that they will ensure that their vehicles will have adequate room to maneuver and appropriate amount of fire hydrants.

  • Neighbors concerned that to safely enter and exit the property and accommodate traffic would require a road redesign. Scudder Ave is too narrow in that area for a road redesign with wetlands on both sides of the road.