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.
You are invited to a public meeting about the plan on Wednesday, March 4, at 5:00 p.m. at the MVC Offices, 33 New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs.
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 email@example.com.
Updated Website Launched
Welcome to the MVC’s updated website. Although we kept the general layout and look to make the transition easier, the Commission's website has been rebuilt with the bottom up. Here are some of the changes.
It should be easier to find information. Each each new DRI, DCPC, and meeting will have its own page with basic information and links to all related documents. There are added search tools to find documents.
It will be more current. There is a news section on the home page that will be regularly updated and MVC staff has expanded ability to modify the website.
It has much more information. There are many more links to useful documents (including MVC documents that had not been available online) and related websites.There is a substantially expanded Coastal Ponds section and a new Climate Change section.
It has expanded ease of use. Website pages adapt to tablets and smart phones. The translate function now offers over eighty languages.
We'll be making several refinements over the next few weeks. Please let us know if there is anything that doesn't work properly yet, such as missing links. We're also preparing a wish list of additional improvements we'd like to make, so feel free to make suggestions. Thanks to the DHCD District Technical Assistance Program and the Edey Foundation for financial support.
Draft Martha's Vineyard Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Released for Comment
The Martha's Vineyard Commission and the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority have released a draft version of the Martha's Vineyard Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
. The main goal of having a coordinated plan is to share information on services and needs among representatives of public, private and non-profit transportation, human services providers, along with participation by the public to maximize service coverage and minimize duplication of services.
For information or to submit comments, contact MVC Senior Transportation Planner Priscilla Leclerc. firstname.lastname@example.org 508-693-3453 x16.
Federal Government Awards Lease for Offshore Wind Energy Development to Partnership that Includes Vineyard Power
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on January 29, 2015 that OffshoreMW, along with its community based partner Vineyard Power Cooperative, as the provisional winner of a lease to develop offshore wind in the federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard. The Martha's Vineyard Commission along with town and other members of the Massachusetts Task Force have worked successfully over the past few years to have BOEM consider community benefit as part of the bidding process. This proposal includes local job creation, infrastructure investment, and community participation in the project. Press Release.
MVC Releases Study on Zoning and Affordable Housing
The MVC has released Affordable and Community Housing Zoning Analysis on Martha’s Vineyard
a resource document that identifies zoning practices that are or could be used on Martha's Vineyard to promote, create, and preserve housing that responds to the needs of the population, especially those earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income ($44,750 for a single person or $63,900 for a family of four). The purpose is to assist town boards, local decision makers, civic and community/business leaders, and residents in re-examining zoning with an eye to producing a diverse range of housing types, with an emphasis on rental housing. Many of these measures provide for additional density to allow for additional units such as multi-family dwellings, mixed use buildings, accessory units, and apartment buildings in appropriate areas, possibly with the proviso that the additional units be used to address unmet housing needs, particularly for workforce and elder housing. Well-conceived zoning practices can not only help create a more diverse housing stock, but it can help promote economic development, create jobs, and enhance local tax revenues. The study was funded in part with a DHCD District Technical Assistance Program grant.
For information, contact MVC Economic Development and Affordable Housing Planner Christine Flynn email@example.com 508-693-3453 x13.
Polly Hill Arboretum Releases the Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector Guide, in Collaboration with MVC
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
Final Ocean Management Plan Reflects MVC Comments on Draft
Last fall, the Martha's Vineyard Commission submitted comments
on the September 2014 draft of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. It endorsed revisions to the definition of several areas of Special, Sensitive, and Unique areas (SSUs). It requested that the designation of the Martha's Vineyard and Gosnold Wind Energy Areas be removed from the Ocean Plan. The Commission also recommended that the offshore sand mining pilot projects that the state proposes to carry out in the next five years not be located in Vineyard Sound or in most of Nantucket Sound. The final version of the Ocean Management Plan
steps back from the sand mining proposals and calls for a task force, to include representation from Martha's Vineyard, to look into this. The final plan also "acknowledges that commercial scale wind energy projects are not suitable for the Martha’s Vineyard Wind Energy Area or the Gosnold Wind Energy Area."
Executive Director Search
Mark London is retiring as Executive Director of the Commission at the end of the summer and the MVC is seeking a new Executive Director. For more information, please see the Profile on the Collins Center web page: www.umb.edu/cpm The application deadline of February 12, 2015 has passed. The Collins Center and Search Committee are now screening applicants with a view to having the Commission hold interviews in March. .