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Lake Tashmoo Estuarine System

On May 24, 2017 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) held a public meeting to discuss and respond to any public comments on the Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Total Nitrogen in the Lake Tashmoo Estuarine System in the Town of Tisbury, West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The TMDL is based primarily on data collected, compiled and analyzed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and the towns of Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs Water Quality Monitoring Programs as part of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) that was completed February 2015. The system is impaired by nutrients, specifically nitrogen. A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. The report is open for review and comment. All comments should refer to the report number (CN353.0) and must be received by 5:00 pm on June 30, 2017. Comments should be sent to:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Watershed Planning Program
8 New Bond St.
Worcester, MA 01606
Attn: Barbara Kickham
Phone: 508-849-2724
Email: [email protected]

Click here for the Lake Tashmoo TMDL Report and the slides presented at the public meeting.  

lcm 5/30/2017

Map of the Month-ish 

West Tisbury Overlay Zoning Map -- Goin' INTERACTIVE

This interactive map allows you to search for a parcel by physical street address and then turn on/off each of the Overlay Zoning Districts.  Many of the overlay zones overlap each other.  So to aid in clearly identifying which zone(s) are present in an area, the MVC created this interactive map.

You are strongly encouraged to have fun and explore.  Don't be afraid to click on those funny looking icons.  I promise you, you won't break it.  This app does not require downloading any software.  It should work on your iOS or Android SmartPhone as well as your desktop internet browser.

Please contact Chris Seidel (MVC's Cartographer) if you have questions or comments.  seidel[at]  

To peruse other maps, visit our Map Library.









cls 5/23/2017

New DRI Checklist and Referral Form

The MVC updated the DRI Checklist with input from towns last summer. The changes were submitted to the State and approved at the end of January. The latest DRI Checklist went into effect on April 15, 2017.

DRI Checklist (Version 13)

DRI Referral Form

Summary of Changes

lcm 5/23/2017

Submit Your Feedback

The Town of West Tisbury would like to hear your ideas as to how to improve West Tisbury to be a safer place for all forms of transportation.  Use this map to add your comments regarding walking, biking and bus riding in West Tisbury.  We would like to know locations where you think sidewalks, trails, crosswalks or bus stops should be added.  We would also like to know areas in which you would like traffic to slow down and road locations that as a driver you feel are unsafe when walkers or bikers are on the road.

cls 5/1/2017 

Coastal Ponds Status Report

For many years, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and other bodies have been testing island ponds to determine water quality. Test results have been used in various reports, studies and programs including the Massachusetts Estuaries Program. To date, MEP reports have been prepared for eight ponds (Lagoon, Tashmoo, Tisbury Great, Sengekontacket, Farm, Chilmark, Oak Bluffs Harbor and Edgartown Great Pond).

The following chart reflects the data and findings of the most recent testing by the MVC, buildout data, characterization of the pond conditions, specific nitrogen load limits as provided in the MEP reports for the various ponds and other data. It is provided in this form to provide the most recent data to the public. This chart will be updated as new information is available. Other information will be made available on this site as it is reviewed and organized.


Click here to view the Coastal Ponds Status Report.  This report was last updated on 3/15/2017 and is subject to change upon future data collection and analysis.


Visit the MVC's Coastal Pond webpage for more information about our ponds.


Please contact the MVC's Water Resource Planner, Sheri Caseau (caseau[at] if you have questions about the Status Report.

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Baseline Land Use & Regulations Report for High School Corridor

In early March the MVC released a baseline report as part of the Oak Bluffs Planning Board's Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Planning Initiative. The planning board is evaluating the potential for additional development along the diverse 1.5 mile of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road extending roughly from County Road to the Eversource building. With several existing facilities in the vicinity of the regional high school announcing expansion plans, the potential for more development on the Town's 32 acres next the Ice Arena, and the eventual relocation and reuse of the Goodale sand pit, the planning board and MVC agree that an evaluation of the corridor is needed to identify potential opportunities as well as implications for the provision of water, sewer and road infrastructure to this important down-island crossroads and area of island-wide services.


Click here to view the Baseline Report for the High School Corridor.

Click here to view the Study Area Map.

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NHESP Priority Habitat Draft 14th Ed. - Public Comment April 3rd to June 3rd 2017

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is requesting public comment on the DRAFT NHESP (Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program) Priority Habitat map.  The map has been revised to reflect new biological information, regulatory changes, as well as land use changes.  Once adopted, the Priority Habitat Map will be included in the 14th Edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas.

Options for submitting public comments:  Click here to view the DRAFT Priority Habitat Public Viewer Map. On this map, you can click a point on the map and submit your comment to the Natural Heritage Program for consideration.  Comments may also be submitted via email to [email protected] or in writing to: Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Attn. DRAFT Priority Habitat Map Comment, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd, Westboroug MA 01581.

Note:  The 13th edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas will remain in effect unitl the 14th edition is officially published.  If your project or activity falls within Priority Habitat and does not meet a MESA(MA Endangered Species Act) filing exemption (321 CMR 10.14), then you must file directly with the NHESP pursuant to MESA. For more information, please see the Regulatory Review section of the NHESP website.

For more information, click here to visit the Division's website.

Click here to learn how and why the Priority Habitat map has changed.

cls 2/29/2017

Housing Production Plans - Draft Reports Released

A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a proactive strategy for planning and developing moderate and community housing that meets the 10% Chapter 40B State Housing Inventory (SHI) target per Massachusetts Housing and Community Development (DHCD) guidelines. HPPs that are certified by the DHCD help towns meet their moderate housing goals.

The Martha's Vineyard All Island Planning Board (AIPB) established a Housing Work Group consisting of one representative from each town planning board. Jennifer Goldson and Judi Barrett have been hired to help the Working Group and provide professional planning services to organize and facilitate the HPP process. The Work Group is coordinating the planning process and has created a forum to identify common interests or problems, exchange ideas, develop Island-wide solutions and keep the AIPB and public apprised of their progress. Out of this collaboration, each town has been tasked with creating its own HPP to meet the affordable and workforce housing needs.

Beginning in September of 2016 and through the fall and early winter, a series of 3 HPP meetings were held in each town and an online housing survey was available for residents to provide their feedback regarding housing on the Vineyard.

The consultants have released the Draft Housing Production Plans for each Island town and an Island-wide version.  Click the respective link below to view the Draft HPP plans.

Aquinnah   Chilmark   Edgartown   Oak Bluffs   Tisbury   West Tisbury   Island-Wide Executive Summary

To view all meeting materials click here.  Click here to visit the Housing Production Plan webpage.

cls 2/1/2017

Transportation Plans Available

The Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee has recently adopted a new Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  These documents outline the Island's goals, budgets and projects regarding transportation for the next four years.

For further information, go to this web page.



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

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

Mailing Address

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Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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