The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will review new utility poles placed around the Island as a development of regional impact (DRI).
The regional authority voted 13-1 last Thursday that the project merited review by the commission, DRI director Paul Foley said. Edgartown commissioner James Joyce was the no vote.
The Tisbury board of selectmen referred the project to the commission, saying that the 180 larger utility poles that will be placed on public roadways — some replacing existing poles and some new — should be reviewed by the commission because they have a substantial regional impact.
The new utility poles are about 10 feet higher and six inches wider than the previous poles, Mr. Foley said last week.
The poles are being placed on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven road and Edgartown-West Tisbury road.
The land use planning committee discussed the project at their meeting last Monday and voted to recommend that the commission take the project under review. During the meeting, commissioners said it was unclear what authority they had over the project, but that there should be a discussion, and the commission should have more control over work by utility companies.