The BFDC’s Main Street Steering Committee is composed of representatives of public and private organizations interested in Bourne’s Downtown. Its main focus is the revitalization of Main Street in the Village of Buzzards Bay.
Most recently, the MSSC developed plans to restore and upgrade the town park located at 90 Main Street in Buzzards Bay, Bourne’s Downtown. Following a survey of residents (results can be viewed by clicking here: Buzzards Bay Park Survey), several recommendations were made to the Bourne Board of Selectmen. They are illustrated in the park concept drawing seen here. The Board of Selectmen unanimously accepted the concept plan at its meeting on February 24, 2015. Subsequently Bourne residents voted to allocate almost two million dollars of Community Preservation Act funds to the park restoration project, most recently in May 2017. A dedication ceremony for the restored park is being planned for the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend. For more detailed information and updates on the project see http://bfdconline.org/bourne-development/town-meeting-votes-funds-to-complete-park/.
Other projects supported by the Main Street Steering Committee include the Downtown District Zoning By-law, the Town’s Growth Incentive Zone designation, removing a layer of permitting for new projects, the Architectural and Sign Standards and Guidelines, and the Flood Zone study showing how development can take place in a flood zone. These studies, and more, can be viewed on the page: Resources for Potential Investors.
Members of the Main Street Steering Committee include representatives of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation, the Bourne Planning Board, the Bourne Board of Selectmen, the Buzzards Bay Beautification Group, the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Commission, and Main Street businesses with the Town Administrator and Town Planner serving ex officio. Others join the committee as specific talents and expertise are needed. MSSC agendas and meeting minutes are available by clicking here: Agendas and Minutes.