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MVC Summer Interns

The MVC extends a huge thank you to our summer interns.  We've had a great crew who have worked hard all over the Island.  From left to right in the photo below are, Eleah Caseau, Deirdre Kearney, and John Ferguson who worked with our Coastal Planner, Sheri Caseau collecting water samples from the ponds.  Next is Natalie Hill who assisted Chris Seidel, our GIS Coordinator, in researching information about our Island's open space and conserved lands.  Jessica Wey, supervised by Executive Director, Adam Turner, worked on several projects including Edgartown's Dredging Master Plan, collecting water samples, and reserching sustainability indicators.  Lastly, is Ben Hartman, working under the supervision of Dan Doyle & Mike Mauro, our Transportation Planners, has been organizing our traffic count information and collecting additional counts this summer.

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Menemsha-Squibnocket Pond Embayment System - ​Draft Water Quality MEP Report Released

The MEP (Massachusetts Estuaries Project) report provides water quality, nutrient loading, and hydrodynamic information for the Menemsha-Squibnocket watersheds.  The report indicates the current nitrogen load within the pond and predicts what additional amount of nitrogen the pond can withstand.  Click here to view the report.  More information about the Vineyard's coastal ponds can be found on the MVC's website.  See the MEP website for more details about their program.  This report is produced through a collaboration of the MVC, SMAST, and MassDEP.

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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]mvcommission.org) if you have questions about the Status Report.

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​Living Local Harvest Festival - September 23rd

​The Martha's Vineyard Commission is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Living Local Harvest Festival.  Save the date - Saturday, September 23rd, 10 am to 4 pm.  (Also, opening night stories on Friday, and community supper  and contra dance on Saturday night).  Admission is free!

jat 8/15/17


​New Building Code Effective Soon

The Ninth Massachusetts Building Code (780 CMR) will become effective soon (August or September date to be announced).  A period of concurrency will follow, when 8th or 9th Code rules may be applied.  From January 1, 2018 onward, all building must comply with the 9th Code.

The updated code will include significant differences in flood elevation rules and considerations for high wind areas, among others of particular interest here on Martha's Vineyard.  Home and business owners and their consultants should take note.  Town review boards and agents should take note.

Click Here  for a summary of the changes.                           

jat 7/25/17


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]mvcommission.org  

To peruse other maps, visit our Map Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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.

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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

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P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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