Martha's Vineyard Commission


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.

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Recordings of Thursday night MVC Commission Meetings can be found on MVTV.  Search their site by entering the meeting date M.D.YY (example 12.1.22)

HEADLINES - What's New

Historic Preservation Stakeholder Meeting

On March 22, the MVC held an informational meeting on the Historic Preservation Policy that is used to evaluate applicable Developments of Regional Impact. 

The purpose of the meeting was to review the existing policy, the requirements for referral to the MVC, the MVC's primary concerns related to the demolition or alteration of historically significant structures, and to have an open discussion about the effectiveness of the policy.

About 15 people attended in person, and more than 30 people participated via zoom.

A link to the policy can be found here.

Alex Elvin's presentation can be found here.

posted 3/22/2023

Opportunity to Serve on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Do you or someone you know wish to contribute to a small group working to improve walking and bicycling throughout the Vineyard? The MVC is accepting expressions of interest for appointment to the eight-member BPAC until March 27. In April, the Joint Transportation Committee is expected to make three appointments:

  • two 3-year terms to April 2026
  • one 1-year term to April 2024 

More Info Here

Contact the MVC's Senior Planner, Bill Veno, if you have questions.

posted 2/24/23

Ferries Now - FREE Event - March 31, 2023

Event sponsored by MV Vision FellowshipVineyard Power and Vineyard Wind.

If you haven't registered for this event prior to 3/16/23, then please email Kate Warner to register to attend via Zoom.

For those already registered, attending in-person, please take public transit or carpool as parking is very limited.

All are welcome to attend this seminar to learn about electrifc ferries and how MV might use them.  The seminar will be held at the Martha's Vineyard Film Society on Friday March 31, 2023 from 10:30am to 2:30pm 

Presentations will be provided by Halfdan Abrahamsen of Denmark, Hank Berg - Casco Bay Island Transit District, Mark Higgens - Main State Ferry Service, and Matthew von Ruden - WA State Dept. of Transportation.

Representatives of the Steamship Authority and Eversource will speak speak about the opportunities and challenges of having electric ferries serving Martha's Vineyard.

Zoom option is also available.  Read the MV Times article to learn more about this event.

Questions? Please contact Kate Warner (MVC's Energy Planner).

posted 3/1/2023

Carbon Sequestration Study on MV

The Woodwell Climate Research Center is developing an above ground and below ground model of carbon sequestion for Martha's Vineyard.  This work is a collaboration with the MVC's Climate Action Task Force and the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation.  The above ground model is anticipated to be completed in the Spring of 2023. 

Visit the project's website or read the more detailed desctiption to learn more.

Questions? Please contact Ben Robinson (CATF chairperson)

posted 1/4/2023

ArcGIS Online Homepage


As administrator of our regional ArcGIS OnLine cloud space, the MVC has updated the site's homepage.  Visitors to the site, including town employees and the general public, should have an easier time finding the interactive maps they are looking for.

Or maybe you'll stumble upon something neat & interesting that you didn't even know you were looking for.  Check it out.

Contact the MVC's GIS Coordator, Chris Seidel, if you have questions.

posted 10/14/22

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DEVELOPMENT PROJECT REVIEW (DRI - Developments of Regional Impact)

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Aquinnah Chilmark Edgartown Gosnold Oak BLuffs Tisbury West Tisbury Multi-Town


The Process
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Existing DCPC
The MVC filed an amicus curaie brief regarding 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 2020-04-13
The Order of the Court allowing Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief: Order 2020-04-16




Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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