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Opportunity to Help Shape Island Transportation Planning
The Martha's Vineyard Commission is working with citizens, towns, the VTA, and others to draft a new version of the Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan by June of this year. The Island’s long-range transportation plan sets goals and strategies, and works within estimated federal and state funding to establish priorities for improvements to the Island transportation systems. All travel modes are covered: air, water, roads, bus, taxi, bicycle, and walking.
Please take the Transportation Survey.
- You can get on the email list to receive Transportation Plan updates.
You can submit comments anytime about transportation on and to the Island.
For further information or to submit comments, please contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wetlands Vegetation Management
One of the challenges in the management of coastal wetlands is how to balance the desires of homeowners to clear view channels from their homes to the water and remove invasive plants, in relation to the objective of protecting these wetlands. Two upcoming events will deal with this issue.
- All-Island Conservation Commissions: At their March 3 meeting, the All-Island Conservation Commissions started considering options for regulating or guiding such work in and adjacent to wetlands (click here for meeting minutes). This group meets from time to time at the MVC with support from the Commission. They will reconvene on Tuesday, April 7 at noon, in the MVC Offices, to continue this discussion. The public is welcome, including businesses and homeowners. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Click here for meeting notice. Contact Jo-Ann Taylor with questions email@example.com.
- Workshop on “In the Judgment of the Issuing Authority...”: Buffer Zone Projects, Minor Exempt Activities and RDA: With Christine Odiaga, DEP Circuit Rider. Includes a brief overview of ecological restoration procedures and other regulatory changes. The public, including businesses, is most welcome. Thursday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the VTA building. Sign-in and coffee at 8:30. Please register for the May workshop by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Website Launched
It should be easier to find information. Each each new DRI, DCPC, and meeting will have its own page with basic information and links to all related documents. There are added search tools to find documents.
It will be more current. There is a news section on the home page that will be regularly updated and MVC staff has expanded ability to modify the website.
It has much more information. There are many more links to useful documents (including MVC documents that had not been available online) and related websites.There is a substantially expanded Coastal Ponds section and a new Climate Change section.
It has expanded ease of use. Website pages adapt to tablets and smart phones. The translate function now offers over eighty languages.
Draft Martha's Vineyard Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Released for Comment
Federal Government Awards Lease for Offshore Wind Energy Development to Partnership that Includes Vineyard Power
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on January 29, 2015 that OffshoreMW, along with its community based partner Vineyard Power Cooperative, as the provisional winner of a lease to develop offshore wind in the federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard. The Martha's Vineyard Commission along with town and other members of the Massachusetts Task Force have worked successfully over the past few years to have BOEM consider community benefit as part of the bidding process. This proposal includes local job creation, infrastructure investment, and community participation in the project. Press Release.
MVC Releases Study on Zoning and Affordable Housing
Polly Hill Arboretum Releases the Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector Guide, in Collaboration with MVC
The Polly Hill Arboretum, in collaboration with the MVC, has created the Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector, and online tool intended to guide municipalities, landscape architects, landscapers, professional and novice gardeners towards plants with excellent horticultural, ecological, and adaptive characteristics that are suitable for the landscape uses on Martha’s Vineyard. You can specify plants native to the Island. More
Final Ocean Management Plan Reflects MVC Comments on Draft