Do you have an opinion on the future of affordable housing in Oak Bluffs? The time has come for you to speak your mind. Your elected and appointed officials have been working intensively for months gathering information on this critical issue, and now it is time for the public to act on that work. Oak Bluffs is hosting three community workshops over the coming months, and your input at these will set the path for the future of affordable housing in our Town. The workshops will be professionally facilitated by RKG Associates, and will be carefully structured to develop concrete strategies that tackle the issue head on.
Save these dates (NOTE the location has changed):
Wednesday November 16, 7:00 PM, Oak Bluffs School Cafeteria
Wednesday December 14, 7:00 PM, Oak Bluffs School Cafeteria
These workshops are a joint effort of the Affordable Housing Committee, Planning Board and the Selectmen. .
You can also participate by taking this brief 5 minute survey. Tell us about your housing needs and your priorities and concerns about housing issues: Take The All Island Planning Board Housing Survey
The lack of affordable housing has been an Island-wide issue for decades, but in recent years, the problem has reached crisis levels. Late last year, representatives from the six Island planning boards agreed on a series of steps that would lead to real results in combatting this issue. Every town would begin by creating a Housing Production Plan (HPP), which would be composed of an assessment of needs, goals, and strategies.
HPPs are not an invention of Martha’s Vineyard’s leaders. They are a crucial planning tool used throughout the State to guide affordable housing decisions at the local level. Proactive towns create HPPs. Reactive towns do not, and as a result, the citizens pass control of housing decisions to developers, the State, and regional planning authorities. Although Martha’s Vineyard is unique in having the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, there is little doubt that an HPP will provide townspeople with the greatest control over their housing future.
The Oak Bluffs Affordable Housing Committee, Planning Board and Selectmen have been working with the MVC to gather the information needed for productive discussions and decision making. We are now ready for the public to join us in answering the big questions of “how?”, “when?”, and “where?” Your input at these workshops will guide zoning and housing policy decisions, planning and spending for years to come. There are a lot of big questions that only you can answer. We look forward to seeing you there.
Articles coming soon
- A brief overview of the Island housing situation.
- Oak Bluffs Population and Housing Profile
- Oak Bluffs September 21, 2016 Workshop Presentation/Slides
- Oak Bluffs September 21, 2016 Workshop Summary
- Oak Bluffs Draft Vision Statement
- Oak Bluffs November 16, 2016 Workshop Presentation Including Draft Goals
- Oak Bluffs Revised Vision and Goals for Review at December Meeting
- Oak Bluffs Map for December Workshop
- Oak Blufs Presentation for December Meeting
- Oak Bluffs Draft Hpp