Local Comprehensive Plan Update

Local Comprehensive Plan

A Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP), often called a Master Plan, tells a community what it looks like today and where it wants to go in the future. It includes: assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires. We are updating the current plan, approved in 2000, and expect the new plan to be finalized by Fall 2020.

The Local Comprehensive Planning (LCP) process begins with establishing our vision and goals for where we want Provincetown to be in the next 10 to 20 years.

The Local Comprehensive Plan Committee will take the lead in developing the LCP for Provincetown, placing the required elements within a sustainable framework. There are available positions on the Committee for volunteers. For more information, email Thaddeus Soule, Town Planner.

What is a Local Comprehensive Plan?

The LCP establishes guidelines and a vision for the future growth and the direction of the community; specifically, an LCP can provide the Town with a planning framework for development regulations, capital facilities and infrastructure necessary to address future growth and resource protection. Cape Cod Commission review and certification of an LCP aligns regional and local goals. The LCP expresses the community’s values as targeted actions. 

The Provincetown LCP will be developed using other municipal planning documents and initiatives. It is NOT a zoning by-law, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program, or other regulatory document. It IS meant to be the framework for the preparation or revision of these documents.

Required Elements of a Local Comprehensive Plan

The LCP must be consistent with the Regional Policy Plan and contain the following sections, according to the regulations adopted under Sections 4 and 9 of the Cape Cod Commission Act, Chapter 716 of the Acts of 1989:

  • Vision Statement (updated February 14, 2020) 
  • Existing Conditions
  • Goals
  • Capital Facilities Plan
  • Housing Plan
  • Targeted Action Plan and Schedule

Building on Past Plans & Studies

The LCP is closely integrated with other municipal documents and initiatives and recently developed plans including: