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

Read All About It - in the MVC Quarterly


The MVC has just released our 1st edition of the MVC Quarterly.  This newsletter has a great summary of all the on-going planning work which the MVC staff are busy plugging away on.

All 7 towns in Dukes County contribute an annual assessment to the MVC and those funds fuel these efforts.

Future MVC Quarterly newsletters will be posted to this page.  Please contact Alex Elvin if you'd like to sign-up to receive the Quarterly via email.

posted 6/2/2023


GIS/Research Internship Opportunity - $20/hr


The MVC is hiring a GIS/Research Intern.  This is a 30 hour per week position for up-to 8 weeks.  Work may begin no earlier than July 5, 2023.  Pay rate is $20.00/hour; no benefits. Housing and transportation are not provided.

Please read the full job description.

Resume with Cover Letter should be emailed to Chris Seidel (she/her), MVC's GIS Coordinator.

Resumes will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and the position is open until filled.

posted 5/30/2023

MVC Transportation Survey - Let's Hear From You

The MVC is updating the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for 2024-2044.  Please take this survey to voice your opinion to help prioritize our island's regional transportation projects.

The DRAFT RTP for 2024-2044 will be ready for public review in late June of 2023.

The current RTP (2020-2040) includes a detailed analysis of the transportation network, specific objectives & actions related to each mode of transportation, and proposed funding allocations.

The RTP is only updated every 4 years; so now is the time to voice your opinion.  The survey is available thru June 22, 2023.

Please email transportation/RTP questions to Mike Mauro, the MVC's Transportation Planner.

posted 5/31/2023

SSA Survey - They Want to Hear from You


The Steamship Authority is seeking public feedback regarding their draft strategic plan framework. Take the survey.  The survey is available thru June 30, 2023.

The strategic plan is seeking answers to 3 questions:

  1. What do we know to be true today?
  2. What do we hope wil be true in the future?
  3. What must go well in order to make it so?

All responses are confidential and will be tabulated by the consulting firm Raftelis.

posted 5/31/2023

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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