The MVC staff are a planning resource for the Town of Oak Bluffs, MA. Our staff of planners, scientists, and cartographers provide technical assistance and guidance on various projects at the Town's request. In addition, we also submit grant applications on behalf of the town. Read on to learn of our latest joint efforts.
Water Quality Monitoring
|The MVC has an extensive program of pond water quality monitoring across the Island. Since 2015, the Oak Bluffs ponds have been sampled. This past summer, Oak Bluffs Harbor, Farm Pond, and Sengekontacket Pond underwent weekly sampling July thru September. Samples are tested for: temperature, salinity, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll. These data are beneficial to determining the nitrogen loading limit of the ponds – an indicator of pond health. See our Ponds & Watersheds page for more details and visit our Coastal Pond News for relevant articles about water quality initiatives. For specific questions, contact our Water Resource Planner, Sheri Caseau.|
Oak Bluffs Master Plan
The MVC is assisting the Oak Bluffs Planning Board with the update of their Master Plan. This work is a joint effort with Planimetrics of Avon CT. Per the Commonwealth's General Laws Chapter 41 Section 81D, a community is required to produce a Master Plan "to provide a basis for decision making regarding the long-term physical development of the municipality."
Be sure to check back to this site as this will be an interactive public participation process. For more details, please contact the MVC's Executive Director, Adam Turner.
MVP & Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) project sponsored by the State helps towns develop resiliency plans. This designation will boost Oak Bluffs’s rank in future implementation grants to fund climate change adaptation. During the coming year, Oak Bluffs will use the planning funds to investigate and prioritize measures to deal with climate change. Contact Christine Flynn, MVC's Economic & Affordable Housing Planner, for more details.
Chilmark, Gosnold, & West Tisbury each completed the MVP project in FY18. Now, in FY19, Edgartown & Oak Bluffs are also embarking on the MVP project. In addition to the MVP, all 7 Dukes County towns, have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is essential for securing 75% FEMA funding for the hazard mitigation measures included in the plan. In 2018/2019, MVC will assist all the towns in updating their respective plan for the next 5-year approval cycle. See our Hazard Mitigation page to learn about the potential natural hazards here on MV. Contact Jo-Ann Taylor, Coastal Planner, for more information.
Last updated cls 115/18