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 goals, budgets and projects regarding transportation for the next four years.
Map of the Month - Aquinnah Overlay Zoning Map
Our latest series of 'Map of the Month' will focus on each town's Overlay Zoning. Overlay Zones represent areas having regulations in addition to the town's standard zoning (i.e. Residential, Business, Commercial, etc.). Some overlay zones are recognized as DCPCs (Districts of Critical Planning Concern) by the MVC. See Aquinnah's Zoning Bylaws for complete regulation details. To peruse other maps, visit our Map Library.
Martha's Vineyard Commission ("MVC") Developments of Regional Impact ("DRI") Update
For several months the MVC has been working on revisions to the DRI Checklist (the “Checklist”), a sub-committee was established to lead this effort.
The Commission goes through this process every two years. The revision process has included numerous public meetings at which commentary of DRI issues was heard, the production and review of a staff report that detailed historic DRI records, and documents, and a detailed evaluation of each checklist item.
The sub-committee has made recommendations as to changes in regarding revisions to the Checklist.
These proposals will be discussed in a public hearing on July 21, 2016.
The following documents are available for review:
If you have questions, please call the MVC for more information or email Adam Turner at turner [at] mvcomission.org.
The MVC hosted an Innovative/Alternative Conference on May 12,2016. The goal of this conference was to bring together industry professionals, scientists, policy makers and local stakeholders to discuss the issue of nutrient pollution in our local ponds and estuaries, and to explore various technologies and solutions to this problem. With the wide range of potential solutions discussed, we are confident that our community can prevent further degradation of water quality and take measures to improve the health of our ponds. The MVC will continue to host informational sessions on alternative solutions and we look forward to collaborating to help clean up our waters. Click below for links to the presentations given at the conference and to MVTV video.
- Cleaning Up Our Water
- MBR Technology for On-Site Wastewater Systems
- A Watershed Nitrogen Mitigation Plan
- Permeable Reactive Barriers ("PRB")
- frma Onsite Treatment-Amphidrome
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.