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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.
  • 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

Membership of the Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee Changed

At its May 20, 2015, the Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee approved changes to the JTC's membership, making the MVC and Vineyard Transit Authority voting members of 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

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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