Tisbury - Town Planning Projects

The MVC staff are a planning resource for the Town of Tisbury, 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 Tisbury ponds have been sampled.  This past summer, Lagoon Pond and Tashmoo 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.








Cromwell Lane Review

Through a MA Community Compact grant MVC has secured engineering services from Howard Stein Hudson 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. 

In Tisbury, the transportation engineer is reviewing Cromwell Lane for possible traffic calming solutions and improved pedestrian accommodations.  For more information, please contact Dan Doyle at the MVC. 

Photo: Google 2018 (acquired 2009)

Tisbury Open Space Plan

The MVC is assisting Tisbury's Planning Board with their Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP).  The Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Divsion of Conservation, encourages communities to update their OSRP every 5 years.  The last OSRP for the Town approved by the Commonwealth was in the year 2000.  A community with an approved OSRP becomes eligible for various grant programs administered by the EOEEA and, through this planning effort, the plant & animal habitats and recreational areas remain a part of the community's landscape.

See the Tisbury Planning Board's website describing their community engagement process for this Plan or the MVC's Executive Director, Adam Turner for more details.


Last updated cls 11/6/18

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