Multi-Town Planning Projects

Often, there are planning projects that require the input of more than just one town.  The MVC is here to coordinate these larger-scale efforts and to provide technical and planning assistance.  Read on to learn more about the latest multi-town planning projects.


Site Suitability Tool - Affordable Housing


The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) was selected for a planning and technical assistance grant award by the MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The proposal is to develop a user-friendly, web-based, site suitability tool to identify optimal sites for affordable housing development.

This tool will be made available to Planning Board and Affordable Housing Committee members across the towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Edgartown.  MVC is presently working on this project with Bluegear Labs, a software developer based in Mashpee, MA.   

For more info contact Dan Doyle, MVC’s Special Projects Planner.








Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

The MVC again brought two workshops from the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative to the Island this fall. On November 17, officials from four towns learned about laws and regulations affecting municipal governance of recreational marijuana uses.

Another session was held on December 1 titled How to Hold a Perfect Public Hearing, which included permit applications, notices, and post hearing issues, as well as conducting the actual hearing. Nine people representing 5 different boards from 4 towns attended.

The MVC underwrites the cost of bringing these sessions to the Vineyard to help town planning and zoning boards better understand their roles, legal obligations and opportunities.

For more details, contact Bill Veno, MVC's Senior Planner.

Image Source:  CPTC 2018 PowerPoint

6 Permanent Traffic Counters

MVC is using State and Federal Transportation Improvement Program funding to install six permanent traffic counters across the island to better understand trends in seasonal demand and circulation patterns of vehicles traveling across town lines.

MassDOT will be issuing a Highway Access Permit for the permanent counters in July 2019.  From there, a formal Purchase Order can be issued by our chosen contractor, Bell Traffic and the request to tie into Eversource utility poles can be formalized.  Installation for all six counters is on pace for the upcoming Fall.

Click here to see the permanent traffic counter locations. 

Contact Dan Doyle regarding these counters or Mike Mauro, MVC's Transportation Planner, for traffic count data.

Island Transportation Engineering Services

Through a MA Community Compact grant, MVC has secured engineering services from Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) for a 10 month pilot project, where Towns submit transportation-related infrastructure projects in need of design to the MVC.  Staff then prioritize projects and issue a formal request to HSH.  To date, submitted projects include design requests for:

Tisbury: traffic calming & improved pedestrian accommodations for Cromwell Lane.

Edgartown: redesign of a stretch of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven road for improved stormwater drainage, bus stop pulloffs, and widened buffer between the road & shared use path.

West Tisbury: a bicycle/pedestrian span parallel to the North Tisbury culvert near Mill Brook on State Road.

For more details, contact Dan Doyle, MVC's Regional Planner.

Image Source:  Google 2018 (acquired 2009)


Last updated cls 7/9/19

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