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MA - Bourne committee recommends end of private dock and pier moratorium

Efforts to lift a two-decade moratorium on private dock and pier construction projects in town took a step forward Thursday night, when the Shore and Harbor Committee unanimously recommended an amended set of Bourne wetlands regulations.

BOURNE — Efforts to lift a two-decade moratorium on private dock and pier construction projects in town took a step forward Thursday night, when the Shore and Harbor Committee unanimously recommended an amended set of Bourne wetlands regulations.

The recommendation will be considered by the Conservation Commission, which is expected to review the three-page revised requirements for docks and piers and may schedule a joint follow-up session with members of the Shore and Harbor Committee.

The report comes two decades after a suspension on hearings for dock construction requests at the Conservation Commission. The moratorium across that stretch has been steadfastly, if not unanimously, supported by members charged with protecting wetland resources in the town with the Cape’s longest shoreline.

The dock and pier moratorium may still stand

In the end, the dock moratorium may still stand, Shore and Harbor Committee Chairman Rich Libin suggested.

“Nothing in this document we’re sending to the commission at their request is etched in concrete in any way,” he said. “This is a recommendation. They asked us to weigh in so that the public could also weigh in. They don’t have to accept this.”

Shore and Harbor Committee members doubt there will be significant shoreline changes if the moratorium ends. There are sections where dock construction would be difficult, they said, mentioning Squeteague Harbor, the southside of Scraggy Neck and along Wings Neck.

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