Map of the Month: Island Plan Vision Map
The Martha's Vineyard Island Plan's main recommendations are summarized in the Land Use Guidance Map. This vision map divides the Island into two main areas - Town Areas and Rural Areas - and nine subcategories that can accomodate various amounts of growth and that seek varying levels of resource protection and protection of existing character. We'll be displaying a new map every month or so to highlight the work of the Commission.
Jim Vercruysse is New MVC Chairman
On January 1, 2016, Jim Vercruysse will take over as Chairman of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, replacing outgoing Chairman Fred Hancock. Jim is an elected member-at-large from Aquinnah. He is a former Chairman of the MVC who returned in 2014 after a hiatus of several years. Jim works at South Mountain Company.
Jim said "I am honored and excited to help lead the Martha’s Vineyard Commission in 2016 as it’s chairman. I plan to work closely with Adam, the new Executive Director, and all our professional staff to meet all the various and interesting challenges we face as the Island’s regional planning and regulatory agency."
Rob Doyle, an elected Commissioner from Chilmark is taking over as Vice-Chairman. John Breckenridge will continue to serve as Clerk-Treasurer.
Lagoon Pond Drawbridge Opens to Traffic
When the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge opened to traffic on November 24, it was the culmination of a ten-year collaboration between the towns of Oak Bluffs and Tisbury, the Martha's Vineyard Commission, and MassDOT, largely facilitated by the MVC.
Though there was some controversy in the earliest days about the necessity of building a temporary bridge, the rest of the process was a model of open cooperation. This is mainly as a result of having a standing Lagoon Pond Drawbridge Committee representing Island interests to speak for the Island in dealings with MassDOT throughout the complex planning, design, and construction process. The Committee succeeded in ensuring that the design harmonized with its surrounding, that landscaping improved open space and waterfront access under and around the bridge, and that environmental impacts were minimized.
Tisbury Selectman Melinda Loberg, Chair of the Lagoon Pond Committee, Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel, Oak Bluffs selectman Gail Barmakian, and former MVC Executive Director Mark London, were in were in the first cars to cross the $40-million bridge.
MassDOT’s contractor Middlesex Corp. is now demolishing the temporary bridge and will complete the landscaping in the spring.
For further information, go to this web page and/or contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner leclerc [at] mvcommission.org.