This page is provides resources and information to help guide your live, work or play experience in Downtown Hyannis. It includes information on development incentives, regulatory processes, infrastructure, and community and cultural initiatives.
Development in Downtown Hyannis is exempt from Cape Cod Commission review
Commercial areas in Hyannis are federally designated Opportunity Zones
Housing Development Incentive Program
Downtown Hyannis is a designated Housing Development Incentive Zone: new market-rate residential units are eligible for local tax incentives and Commonwealth tax credits
Economic Development Incentive Program (Tax Increment Financing)
The Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority in Downtown Hyannis.
Regulatory Agreements are contracts between the Town and a holder of property development rights, the principal purpose of which is to negotiate and to establish the development regulations that will apply to the subject property and to establish the conditions to which the development will be subject.
Development within Downtown Hyannis is subject to administrative design review
The Hyannis Historic District Commission p-romotes the preservation of the unique historic character of downtown Hyannis and Hyannis Inner Harbor. The Commission strives to create a desirable place to live, work and enjoy through the preservation, maintenance and improvement of historic vernacular.
Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 9, Art. 1)
In multi-family developments consisting of 10 of more units, at least 10% of the residential units constructed shall be dedicated by deed restriction to affordable housing units.
Site Plan Review is an administrative process established to assure development standards are met in all business, commercial, industrial, and multi-family projects. Site Plan Review is composed of representatives from these Town: Health, Building, Conservation, Planning, and Engineering Departments, along with Fire District representatives.
Registered recreational marijuana cultivators, research facilities and independent testing laboratories are allowed by Special Permit in the Medical Services and Gateway Medical Districts.
The mission of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District is to promote the community and economic development of the Main Street, Hyannis district as a desirable place to live, work, invest, and visit. The HMSBID is a private nonprofit organization that was established in 1999.
The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that contribute the Town’s mission of promoting a high quality of life. Each of the available town properties and facilities within the seven villages offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.
The HyArts Cultural District received an official state designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012. The District is comprised of a concentration of cultural, economic and historic resources coupled with a strong community commitment to further enhance the vitality of the area.
2010 Hyannis Harbor Land Use Analysis and Economic Development Strategy