About Mashpee Commons by Design

Whether it’s the annual Halloween & Christmas parades that bring in the holiday spirit, or the farmer’s markets and local performances that attract visitors from across the region, Mashpee Commons is a special place for many.

The restaurants, shops, and residents that call the Commons home help make it a hub for community activities and economic development in Mashpee. We want to improve and grow Mashpee Commons so more great stories can be created.

But we stand at a crossroads in being able to expand the Commons in the way that Mashpee residents have come to know and love.

Mashpee’s current zoning regulations present many obstacles that make it challenging to continue to build this community asset.

As we work with town stakeholders to build the Mashpee Commons master plan, we want to hear your ideas for what Mashpee Commons needs in the future. What is it missing? What do you want to see in the parks, squares, and plazas? What would make the new neighborhoods expanding from Mashpee Commons great places too?

Mashpee Commons by Design is a community-based planning process that will collect the best ideas and incorporate them into our master plan.

View Mashpee Commons Draft Form-Based Code:
Form-Based Code Planning Board Draft

Thank you to everyone who helped shape the future of Mashpee Commons during the Mashpee Commons Master Plan Week!

Hundreds of neighbors and members of the Mashpee community participated in the Master Plan Week. We are working to further refine the draft designs that were created. Check out the closing presentation below and send us your thoughts.

View presentations:
Closing Design Week Presentation
Facebook Live Video of the Closing Presentation


Thank you for participating in the Tuesday Talks:

What are Tuesday Talks? – Mashpee Commons Public Visioning Workshops attracted hundreds of people who shared their ideas on what they imagine for the future of Mashpee Commons. Common themes emerged from the workshops and the Tuesday Talks will provide an opportunity to explore those themes further by facilitating a conversation with local and national subject matter experts.


Housing on the Cape – Tuesday, March 6, 6pm
Mashpee Commons Storefront located at 17 Market Street
What types of housing, unit sizes, prices, and characteristics could be provided in Mashpee Commons to best meet regional housing needs? Join us for a discussion of missing middle housing types, including apartments, townhouses, and cottages, and strategies for creating a mix of affordable, workforce, and market rate housing. Facebook Page for the event.

View presentations:
Tuesday Talk Forum: Missing Middle Housing
Tuesday Talk Forum: Affordable Housing
Tuesday Talk Forum: Current Housing Demographics
Facebook Live Video of the Tuesday Talk

Infrastructure, Public Space, and Systems Planning – Tuesday, March 13, 6pm
Mashpee Public Library
Can Mashpee Commons play a central role in addressing complex regional issues related to traffic, wastewater, and sustainability? Join us to discuss a more integrated and cross-disciplinary approach to regional issues and the role of the Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Policy Plan.

View Presentation:
Tuesday Talk Forum: Infrastructure and Systems Planning
Tuesday Talk Forum: Transportation as a System
Facebook Live Video of Tuesday Talk

Creating a Stable Economic Base for Mashpee – Tuesday, March 27, 6pm
Mashpee Public Library
What is the best way to create community prosperity? Join us for a conversation with national and local thought leaders and hear what other communities are doing to maximize municipal return on investment and strengthen the local tax base.

View Presentation:
Tuesday Talk Forum: Curbside Chat with Charles Marohn of Strong Towns
Facebook Live Video of Tuesday Talk

Zoning to Meet the Needs of the Future – Tuesday, April 10, 6pm
Mashpee Public Library
Join us to learn how other communities are updating their zoning to allow for locally-inspired placemaking. Form-based approaches to zoning have enabled thriving neighborhoods, resulted in new parks and open space, and preserved the character that people love.

View Presentation:
Tuesday Talk Forum: Zoning to Meet Needs of Future with Kristy Senatori
Tuesday Talk Forum: Zoning by Design with George Proakis
Tuesday Talk Forum: Mashpee by Design Zoning

Facebook Live Video of Tuesday Talk

Results of the Mashpee by Design Visioning Workshops

Click on the link below to see the results of the mapping exercises conducted during the Visioning Workshops:
Visioning Workshop Maps

Click on the link below to see the surveys completed by Mashpee residents and stakeholders during the Visioning Workshops:
Survey Responses

Click on the link below to view a summary that synthesizes the ideas generated by the community during the Visioning workshops:
Mashpee Visioning Summary

We know that the best ideas come when we open up the planning process to the public.

By incorporating your input, Mashpee Commons will continue to be a treasured community asset for generations to come.

In the News

Mashpee Commons by Design to Host Forum on Economic Growth
CapeCod.com, March 23, 2018

Tuesday Talks Continue At Mashpee Commons
Enterprise Newspapers, March 23, 2018

Future of Mashpee Commons to be Discussed with Public Again
CapeCod.com, February 12, 2017

Mashpee Commons to hold ‘Talk Tuesdays’ on expansion plans
Cape Cod Times, February 11, 2017

Mashpee Commons Completes ‘Visioning Sessions’
CapeCod.com, December 18, 2017

Mashpee Commons Gives Community Planners A Blank Slate
Enterprise Newspapers, December 8, 2017

Mashpee Commons Discusses Expansion Plans
CapeCod.com, November 29, 2017

Mashpee Commons Looks to Public for Expansion Plans
Cape Cod Times, September 12, 2017

Mashpee Commons: Something for Everyone
CapeCod.com, February 9, 2017

Mashpee Commons Goes Solar
Enterprise Newspapers, August 18, 2016