Draft Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan Released for Public Comment
On June 19, 2015, the Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee released a draft version of the Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan. 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. This draft was prepared in collaboration with citizens, towns, the VTA, and others.
A public meeting will be held on July 14 at noon at the Martha's Vineyard Commission. This is your opportunity to comment on the draft before the plan is finalized later in the month.
Your comments on the draft plan are invited before July 20, 2015.
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Here are the results of the MVTP Transportation Survey carried out in conjunction with this planning process.
Other Draft Transportation Documents Released for Public Comment
In addition to the Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan, the JTC released two other transportation documents for public comment. They are:
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): The TIP is the short-range program of transportation projects or programs to be implemented in the next four years (based on the federal fiscal year of October 1 to September 30). It is similar to a local Capital Improvement Program in that it specifies the transportation projects to be advertised for construction and bus purchases or services to be carried out in the next year within the estimated federal and state funds for the Martha’s Vineyard region. All transportation projects funded by federal and state agencies must be included. The list is constrained by available funding sources and must satisfy air quality conformity guidelines.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): The UPWP is a contractual agreement that outlines transportation planning activities to be undertaken by the Commission with funding from federal and state agencies for the federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) It describes the activities to be performed by MVC staff for the Island transportation system such as data collection, studies, mapping, etc. It is produced annually.
Your comments on these documents are invited before July 20, 2015.
Draft MVC Built Environment Policy Adopted
The Built Environment Policy for DRI Review is one of a series of policies produced by the MVC to assist applicants, town boards, the Commission, and members of the public with respect to the MVC’s review of Developments of Regional Impact. This policy is given to applicants to help them prepare their DRI submissions, and for use by the Commission in assessing proposals.
This policy is based on past practices by the Commission, wording of previous DRI conditions, policies of various Island town commissions, and other best practices. The final version reflects comments from Island historic district commissions, members of the public, the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and MVC Commissioners. It was adopted by the MVC on June 4, 2015
For information, contact Paul Foley, DRI Coordinator, at foley [at] mvcommission.org or Mark London, MVC Executive Director, at london [at] mvcommission.org.
Next Executive Director
On April 9, the Commission selected Adam Turner of Old Saybrook Connecticut as the next Executive Director of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, replacing Mark London who is retiring at the end of the summer.
For the past seven years, Adam has been Town Planner in Colchester, Connecticut, where he has worked on land use regulations and zoning, among other initiatives. Earlier in his thirty-year professional career, his experience includes coastal management work in island environments such as the Florida Keys and Northern Marianas.
Here is his resume.
The current timetable is that Adam will start work at the beginning of August.
Martha's Vineyard Plant Selector Guide - Just in Time for Planting Season
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. Click here to link to the online Selector Guide