Martha's Vineyard Commission

Historic Preservation Roundtable Discussion on May 7

Members of town boards and the general public are invited to discuss a number of issues related to historic preservation on Martha's Vineyard at the MVC Offices at 4 p.m.

Edgartown Building

What can historic district commissions, planning boards, the MVC, and other organizations learn from each other? Should they be collaborating more? What are the most pressing issues with respect to historic preservation on the Island? Can historic buildings outside historic districts be better protected? What about preserving community character, even when involving buildings that might not qualify as “historic”?

Chris Skelly, Massachusetts Historical Commission Director of Local Programs, will participate. 

Information: Mark London,

Draft MVC Built Environment Policy Released for Comment

The Martha's Vineyard Commission has been producing a series of policies to assist in the MVC’s review of Developments of Regional Impact. Enclosed please find Example of fitting ina draft copy of the MVC’s DRI Policy on the Built Environment. It will be added to the series of five other policies that are given to applicants to help them prepare their DRI submissions, and for use by the Commission in assessing proposals.

The draft policy is based on past practices by the Commission, wording of previous DRI conditions, policies of various Island town commissions, and other best practices. The draft has been reviewed and has incorporated the comments of several Commissioners, Island historic district commissions, and staff of the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

We invite comment on this draft policy in writing before May 21, and/or at the Thursday, May 21, 2015 Commission meeting. Please check the Commission’s website calendar closer to the day to see what time this agenda item will be on.

To submit comments or if you have any questions, please contact Mark London, MVC Executive Director, at

Next Executive Director

Adam Turner

On April 9, the Commission selected Adam Turner of Old Saybrook Connecticut as the next Executive Director of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, replacing Mark London who is retiring at the end of the summer. 

For the past seven years, Adam has been Town Planner in Colchester, Connecticut, where he has worked on land use regulations and zoning, among other initiatives. Earlier in his thirty-year professional career, his experience includes coastal management work in island environments such as the Florida Keys and Northern Marianas.

Here is his resume.

The current timetable is that Adam will start work at the beginning of August and take over later in the month. 


Opportunity to Help Shape Island Transportation Planning


The Martha's Vineyard Commission is working with citizens, towns, the VTA, and others to draft a new version of the Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan by June of this year. The Island’s long-range transportation plan sets goals and strategies, and works within estimated federal and state funding to establish priorities for improvements to the Island transportation systems. All travel modes are covered: air, water, roads, bus, taxi, bicycle, and walking.  

You are invited to participate in the process in several ways.
  • Please take the Transportation Survey.
  • You can get on the email list to receive Transportation Plan updates.
  • You can submit comments anytime about transportation on and to the Island.

More information is available here.

For further information or to submit comments, please contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner, via email at

Proposed Changes to Membership of the Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee

At its April 15, 2015, the Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee agreed to consider making changes to the JTC's membership. The proposal is to give the MVC and Vineyard Transit Authority a vote on the JTC. This and other revisions to the JTC bylaws can be found here.

For further information or to submit comments, please contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner, via email at

Wetlands Vegetation ManagementInkberry

One of the challenges in the management of coastal wetlands is how to balance the desires of homeowners to clear view channels from their homes to the water and remove invasive plants, in relation to the objective of protecting these wetlands. Two upcoming events will deal with this issue.

  • All-Island Conservation Commissions: At their March 3 meeting, the All-Island Conservation Commissions started considering options for regulating or guiding such work in and adjacent to wetlands (click here for meeting minutes). This group meets from time to time at the MVC with support from the Commission. They reconvened on Tuesday, April 7 at noon, in the MVC Offices, to continue this discussion. Contact Jo-Ann Taylor with questions
  • Workshop on “In the Judgment of the Issuing Authority...”: Buffer Zone Projects, Minor Exempt Activities and RDA: With Christine Odiaga, DEP Circuit Rider. Includes a brief overview of ecological restoration procedures and other regulatory changes. The public, including businesses, is most welcome. Thursday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the VTA building. Sign-in and coffee at 8:30. Please register for the May workshop by e-mail to

Polly Hill Arboretum Releases the Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector Guide, in Collaboration with MVC Inkberry

The Polly Hill Arboretum, in collaboration with the MVC,  has created the Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector, and online tool intended to guide municipalities, landscape architects, landscapers, professional and novice gardeners towards plants with excellent horticultural, ecological, and adaptive characteristics that are suitable for the landscape uses on Martha’s Vineyard. You can specify plants native to the Island. More 

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