The Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) is the regional planning agency for Martha’s Vineyard Island and the Elizabeth Islands (together, comprising the County of Dukes County).
The mission of the MVC is twofold: (1.) To assist our region’s 7 towns (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, & West Tisbury) with planning expertise; and (2.) Protect and enhance the islands’ environment, economy, character, and social fabric.
The MVC Office is closed to the public. Staff are working remotely. Staff contact information can be found here, or call (508) 693-3453 x110 and leave a message.
During this time, meetings with staff and other committee meetings will be held via Zoom. Review this document for instructions on How to Join a Zoom Meeting.
MVC's Updated COVID-19 Policy Annoucement - April 3, 2020
Please see the MVC's COVID-19 Info Page for latest news and resources to assist residents and businesses.
COVID-19 Case Status Map (created by Mass Emergency Management Agency)
Safe Practices for Food Shopping, Take Out Food and Gas Station Use (English)
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HEADLINES - What's New
Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard (HAMV) 2020 survey now available! Click here
The island is our home. Home should be comfortable. Home should make us feel safe. Home should be where we can flourish. We are asking you to take some time out of your day to tell us how we can improve the island and how you’d like to contribute. The information gathered in this survey will help ensure that the services and island infrastructure you need and want are in place. If you would like assistance in completing the survey, or to request a paper copy please contact Cindy Trish, Executive Director, HAMV at [email protected] or by phone, (508) 693-7900 ext. 455.
Stakeholders meet at State Forest to discuss Wildfire Planning
On October 29th, MVC staff joined Representative Fernandes,Commissioner of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Jim Montgomery, Edgartown Fire Chief Schaeffer, KMVY Airport Director Geoff Freeman, and other DCR staff at the M.C. State Forest to discuss the commitment of additional resources to maintain and protect the 5,300+ acres of woodlands, along with the prospects of extending the reconstruction and repaving work of 2018 to additional segments of the forest's 13+ mile Shared Use Path network. A recent grant award from FEMA to mitigate the county's risk of wildfire was also a source of discussion. The approval will fund the expertise of a wildfire preparedness contractor to help assess key properties across all 7 towns and identify measures to reduce the county's exposure during future droughts.
Proposals are due November 24th, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Please alert potential candidates and contact Dan Doyle, Special Projects Planner for more information.
One question was received in writing by the November 3rd, 2020 deadline for questions related to the RFQ. See below:
Question: Have you, or would you consider any additional funding sources to supplement your budget?
Answer: The FEMA award has been enhanced by local funding for the project. The RFQ included a fee cap so that potential respondents have a sense of our working budget. We are committed to developing a comprehensive wildfire protection plan for the county.
Check out our updated water resource intern page!
Every year, the MVC hires an intern (or 3) to help samples the ponds of the island, this year we reduced the number of interns we usually hire to 2 becasue of the ongoing COVID epidemic. To learn more about the 2020 interns, Monica and Eleah, check out our Intern Infographic.
Development of Regional Impact Checklist - Version 14 - Approved on October 15
The Commission approved the proposed DRI Checklist at the meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The document will now be sent to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for approval.
The DRI Checklist is a document outlining the standards and criteria specifying the types of development which, because of their magnitude or the magnitude of their effect on the surrounding environment, are likely to present development issues significant to more than one municipality of the island of Martha's Vineyard, and therefore are considered to potentially be Developments of Regional Impact. The Checklist is required to be updated every two years by State mandate. The DRI Checklist Revision Committee has been meeting frequently to evaluate the current checklist and propose modifications.
Here are some helpful documents that were discussed at the meetings:
Correspondence on the latest draft:
Correspondence on earlier drafts:
Town of Tisbury - Island Road DCPC - Red Coat Hill Road & Shubael Weeks Road
Final Unified Planning Work Program FFY 2021
The Unified Planning Work Program was endorsed by the Joint Transportation Committe June 17th, 2020.
The Joint Transportation Committee voted to endorse the Transportation Improvement Program for FY 2021-2015 on May 27, 2020.
Recent Court Documents
The MVC filed a amicus curiae brief reading the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah vs. The Town of Aquinnah: Amicus Brief 2020-03-27
The Tribe opposed the MVC amicus brief: Opposition 2020-04-06
The MVC responded: Response 2020-04-13
The Order of the Court allowing Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief: Order 2020-04-16
COVID-19 Business Survey
The MVC created a survey for local business owners to help assess COVID-19's impacts to our Island community. This survey asked whether businesses have access to the federal stimulus information, if the resources are effectively getting to our local business community, and if the stimulus package is adequately meeting your needs. The information will be used to advocate for additional resources to help now and in the coming months.
Individual responses will be kept confidential. A report of the findings is now available and can be found here. Thank you to all of our participants!
The MVC received over 150 applications for a new Sustainability Planner. We are in the process of reviewing applications, and will be in touch with applicants in the next few weeks.
A full job description can be found here. Primary responsibilities include:
- Providing proactive leadership for climate-change related sustainability strategies and initiatives,
- Acting as a public liaison for the MVC, and
- Overseeing climate-related budgets and grants.
The MVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Technical Issues with Website
The MVC has been experiencing technical difficulties with the website, which have resulted in many DRI materials not being uploaded consistently or in a timely manner. We do have the complete record at the MVC office, and anyone is welcome to come by to review them during office hours.
In the meantime, when visiting our website, please make sure that the web address is https://www.mvcommission.org, and not just http. Our web developers are currently working on a global redirect to the secure site to resolve this issue.
If you are reviewing materials, please contact Adam Turner by email to ensure that you are viewing the most recent submissions.
We hope to have these technical issues addressed soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.
COVID Traffic comparison: Summer 2017 vs. 2020
MV Traffic - March, April, May