Information on Buzzards Bay Watershed Towns
laws & regulations
|Town of Acushnet, MA||Yes||No||No||No||Goog|
|Town of Bourne, MA||Yes||Bylaws Health Wetlands Nat Res Zoning||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Carver, MA||Yes||Wetlands Bylaws Zoning||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Dartmouth, MA||Yes||General Zoning Wetlands||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Fairhaven, MA||Yes||Health Wetlands Zoning||Yes||No||Goog|
|City of Fall River, MA||Yes||Ordinances||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Falmouth, MA||Yes||All||Yes||Yes||Goog|
|Town of Gosnold, MA||Yes||Yes||No||No||NA|
|Town of Marion, MA||Yes||Wetlands Health||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Mattapoisett, MA||Yes||Health Zoning||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Middleborough, MA||Yes||Yes||No||No||Goog|
|City of New Bedford, MA||Yes||Planning All ordinaces (3mb) pdf||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Plymouth, MA||Yes||All||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Rochester, MA||Yes||Zoning||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Wareham, MA||Yes||Gen Zoning Health Shellfish Waterways||Yes||No||Goog|
|Town of Westport, MA||Yes||No||Yes||No||Goog|
Or click on the town name or map for more information on the municipality.
Deed information for all Buzzards Bay towns is now online. Click the links below for more information.
Note on “Villages” within municipalities
Many municipalities, particularly those that did not develop large populations until after the 1960s, retain distinct village identities to sections of towns that were settled with multiple village centers in the 1600s and 1700s. This is particularly true with many Cape Cod towns. Consequently, many phone listings and mailing addresses show the name of the village, and not the name of the municipality. This phenomenon causes confusion to visitors, individuals trying to look up information or directions on the Internet, and persons looking up phone listings. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that some nearby villages have their own post offices, but neighboring post offices may have identical zip codes. This situation is not often found outside of New England. For example, if you cannot find a listing under “Bourne, MA” try “Buzzards Bay, MA” “Monument Beach, MA” or another village. Keep in mind it is possible for two villages in the same town to have identical street names!
- BOURNE: Buzzards Bay-02532, Sagamore-02561, Sagamore Beach-02562, Bournedale-02532, Pocasset-02559, Cataumet-02534, and Monument Beach-02553.
- DARTMOUTH: Nonquit, Russels Mills, Padanaram, South Dartmouth, Bayview, Smith Mills
- FALMOUTH: East Falmouth-02536, Hatchville-02536, Teaticket-02536, Waquoit-02536, North Falmouth-02556, Silver Beach-02565, West Falmouth-02574, Sippewisset, Quissett, and Woods Hole-02543
- WAREHAM: Onset-02558, East Wareham-02538
- WESTPORT: Adamsville, Westport Point
Below is a summary of the Buzzards bay watershed population. This table includes all municipalities, even those with just a sliver of land in the watershed. Perhaps the most interesting statistic from this data is that most Buzzards Bay watershed residents live within a 15 minute walk of salt water.
|Town||US Census 2005 estimated population||% of town area in the watershed||approx. BB watershed 2005 population||population within 1/2 mile of Buzzards Bay||percent of population 1/2 mile of Buzzards Bay|
Note: Population estimates are based on 2000 US Census data, and US Census 2005 population estimates. For 2000 data, population in census blocks bisected by the watershed boundary are assigned a population proportional to the portion of the census block within the watershed, then proportionally adjusted to 2005 US Census estimates. The population within a half mile of Buzzards Bay includes populations within half mile of any saltwater area including all saltwater embayments, bays, and harbors. Census blocks bisected by this half-mile boundary line were also apportioned populations based on their area within this zone.
Looking for 2000 US census data on Buzzards Bay towns?:
Download entire demographic data report for all Massachusetts Towns from the US Census Bureau (3.3 MB pdf file)
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