West Tisbury - Town Planning Projects

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








MVP, Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency Planning

The towns of Chilmark and West Tisbury collaborated on the MVP project. Here is their Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Summary of Findings report.  This report summarizes the outcome from the Community Resilience Building Workshops that occured in the late Spring of 2018.

MVC staff assisted West Tisbury with securing a $15,000 planning grant to participate in a program to become a MVP-certified town.  The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) project sponsored by the State helps towns develop resiliency plans. This designation will boost West Tisbury’s rank in future implementation grants to fund climate change adaptation.  During the coming year, West Tisbury will use the planning funds to investigate and prioritize measures to deal with climate change.

West Tisbury, along with the other 6 Dukes County towns, has an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is essential for securing 75% FEMA funding for the hazard mitigation measures included in the plan.  In 2018, MVC will assist West Tisbury and the other Dukes County 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 the MVC's Coastal Planner, Jo-Ann Taylor, for more information.


West Tisbury Open Space Plan

The MVC is assisting West Tisbury's Conservation Commission 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 2005.  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 EOEEA's OSRP Report Outline to gain a general sense of what the plan will entail.  Contact the Conservation Commission's Assistant, Maria McFarland or the MVC's Senior Planner, Bill Veno for more details.

Last updated cls 11/6/18

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