Martha's Vineyard Commission

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. The Commission received 33 applications that were screened by the Collins Center and MVC Search Committee. The Commission will hold interviews on April 8 and 9.
 
The final candidates are:

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 leclerc@mvcommission.org


Wetlands Vegetation Management

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 will reconvene on Tuesday, April 7 at noon, in the MVC Offices, to continue this discussion. The public is welcome, including businesses and homeowners. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Click here for meeting notice. Contact Jo-Ann Taylor with questions taylor@mvcommission.org.
  • 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 christine.odiaga@state.ma.us

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.  
For information contact MVC Administrator Curt Schroeder schroeder@mvcommission.org 508-693-3453 x12.
 

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. leclerc@mvcommission.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 flynn@mvcommission.org 508-693-3453 x13.
 

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 

 


Final Ocean Management Plan Reflects MVC Comments on DraftOffshore Sand Mining - areas in draft MOMP 2014

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."
For information, contact MVC CoastalPlanner Jo-Ann Taylor taylor@mvcommission.org 508-693-3453 x19.
 

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The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

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