As the regional planning agency of Dukes County, the Martha's Vineyard Commission carries out comprehensive planning efforts for Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Island, and provides technical assistance to the towns and community, in the following areas.
  • Built Environment  includes community character, historic resources, green building, and universal access.
  • Climate Change looks at world and local climate change as well as specific challenges including sea-level rise, rainfall and stormwater, drought and wildfire, and habitat change.
  • Coastal Management looks at the MVC’s role and especially at harbors, beaches and shorelines.
  • Coastal Ponds gives more detail about the important challenges facing the Vineyard with respect to nitrogen loading in coastal ponds, looking at each of the ponds and their watersheds, and providing access to pond and water quality data reports.
  • Economic Development gives an economic profile of Martha's Vineyard, discusses how the Vineyard’s economy could be strengthened, and looks at the provision of public services
  • Energy and Solid Waste looks at the management of these resources.
  • Housing looks at the housing situation on Martha’s Vineyard, discusses how we could respond to housing challenges, gives a Who’s Who of housing on the Vineyard, and looks at MVC Efforts in Affordable and Community Housing.
  • Island Plan  gives an overview of the effort comprehensive planning effort initiated and coordinated by the MVC, looking at challenges, opportunities, and goals, highlights, a list of documents, an update on implementation, and a list of participants.
  • Open Space discusses open space protection, biodiversity and habitat, recreation in nature, natural character, and agriculture.
  • Transportation looks at transportation on Martha’s Vineyard, the transportation planning activities carried out by or coordinated by the Commission, the three main transportation documents, and a list of transportation data and reports.
  • Water Resources discusses at groundwater and drinking water, ponds and watersheds (linking to the Coastal Ponds section), wastewater management, and stormwater management.

Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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