Barnstable Restricts Construction of Docks and Piers

According to a report in the Cape Cod Times, coastal-property owners in parts of Barnstable will no longer be able to install private docks or piers because of new zoning rules designed to protect shellfish.

The new zoning rules apply to what are known as “relay areas” — spots where shellfish are either grown or cleaned of pollutants until they are big or clean enough for human consumption. The new rules, which affect Cotuit Bay, North Bay, West Bay, Lewis Bay and Barnstable Harbor, apply to about 2 percent of Barnstable’s coastline.

While the new  rules allow current docks and piers to be maintained and replaced after natural disasters or other catastrophes, some say they violate the rights of coastal property owners.

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