Map of the Month: Island Plan Vision Map
The Martha's Vineyard Island Plan's main recommendations are summarized in the Land Use Guidance Map. This vision map divides the Island into two main areas - Town Areas and Rural Areas - and nine subcategories that can accomodate various amounts of growth and that seek varying levels of resource protection and protection of existing character. We'll be displaying a new map every month or so to highlight the work of the Commission.
Adam Turner Is Touring the Island
Island Planning News
All-Island Planning Board
The proposed revisions to the Zoning Act will be discussed with Senator Dan Wolf or an aide from his office at a meeting of the All-Island Planning Board on November 4 at 6 p.m. at Chilmark Town Hall.
CPTC Workshop - Introduction to the Zoning Act - Saturday November 21
For newer board members, this course addresses the history and purposes of zoning, adoption of zoning bylaws, variances and special permits, public hearing and voting requirements and other key procedural requirements. Proposed amendments to the Zoning Act (MGL Chapter 40A) will be discussed. Instructor Bob Ritchie, with decades of working on planning policy at the state and local levels, has been involved for at least a decade with trying to modernize the Massachusetts Zoning Enabling Act. Register online here or contact Bill Veno at the MVC. The cost is $30.
Oak Bluffs Finalizes Streetscape Plan
The Oak Bluffs Downtown Streetscape Master Plan is Complete. The comprehensive plan was an 18-month planning process with community visioning and extensive outreach to residents, visitors, and businesses. Recommendations include improvements for infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks, lighting, and parking; improved access in and around downtown and harbor area specifically for pedestrians and cyclists; and improved signage and wayfinding for visitors and residents. The Plan and more information is available here.
Tisbury Vision Plan
The Town of Tisbury adopted a Vision Plan earlier this year. The Tisbury vision planning initiative, sponsored by the town planning board, facilitated community participation in a town visioning process during the fall of 2014 and winter of 2015. The resulting plan deals with issues such as stewardship of the natural environment, sustaining a beautiful and lasting built environment, improving the pedestrian network, making the waterfront more accessible, and improving the public realm. A Vision Council now is meeting regularly to work on implementing the plan. More information can be found here.
Big Changes Coming to Flood Insurance
New Flood Insurance (FIRM) Maps, used for determining flood insurance eligibility, will come into effect on July 1, 2016, after towns adopt them at town meetings this coming spring. For more information, go here.