Loan Repayments by Affordable Housing Fund Raise Questions

West Tisbury selectmen voted to seek legal advice this week after a report from the town accountant found that money earmarked for second mortgages was inappropriately spent by the Island Affordable Housing Fund.

Bruce Stone, town accountant, presented the selectmen with a report that town-appropriated money for second mortgages was used for paying off prior loans for housing developments and other expenses. All of the money was accounted for, Mr. Stone said.

Sepiessa Affordable Housing Expansion Approved

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has approved a plan to expand the Sepiessa Affordable Housing development in West Tisbury.

The application from the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority and the Island Housing Trust will add three affordable housing units with six bedrooms to the housing development on Clam Point Road. Right now, the housing complex consists of four units with six bedrooms.

The development is located on a three-acre parcel of land with a Title V septic system.

One Family's Vision Makes Dream of Affordable House Come True

It's the story of one Island family's refusal to gouge another year-round family struggling to find a home in an expensive real estate market. It's the story of a real estate broker determined to find the perfect buyer - a moderate-income Island family desperate to buy their own home after a decade of shuffling from one inadequate rental to another.

For once, it's an affordable housing story with a happy ending.

Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case

Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case

Martha's Vineyard Commission Power to Review Affordable Housing Projects Will Be Determined by the Ruling

By JULIA WELLS

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court heard arguments this week in a groundbreaking case that will ultimately decide whether the Martha's Vineyard Commission has the power to review low and moderate-income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In a groundbreaking decision that affects every town on the Vineyard, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court ruled last week that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

Pennywise Path Plan Wins MVC Approval

Ruling that the dire need for low-cost rental housing trumps traffic concerns, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted unanimously last night to approve the Pennywise Path affordable housing project in Edgartown.

Celebrity Dinners Raise Funds for Housing

Debate over the Supreme Court justice nominee John G. Roberts raged in Chilmark. Dinner guests sat in awe as Patricia Neal recited her Hollywood Walk of Fame address on Edgartown harbor. And couples danced the night away to the cabaret music of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in Lambert's Cove.

Affordable Housing Initiatives Clear Key Hurdles at Ballot Box

Affordable Housing Initiative Clears Key Hurdles at Ballot Box

By JAMES KINSELLA

Voters in three Vineyard towns yesterday brought the Island a step closer to the creation of a housing bank by backing the initiative and enacting the Community Preservation Act.

Approval of the CPA in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury provided a crucial step on the road to establishment of a housing bank, which would be modeled on the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank.

Affordable Housing Takes Shape on Chilmark's Middle Line Road

A tight-knit community of family farmhouses in the wooded hills off Tabor House Road. Homes that optimize their surrounding landscape and maximize exposure to the sun. A rambling stone wall surrounded by daffodils.

These are the images the Chilmark housing committee will introduce to town residents next week as part of a new conceptual design and feasibility report on the Middle Line Road project, the town-proposed affordable housing development.

Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes

Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes

By IAN FEIN

A Massachusetts Land Court judge last week solidly denied a motion for reconsideration from a group of neighbors who are trying to fight three affordable one-acre homesites on Chappaquiddick.

Edgartown town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport yesterday said the ruling - which directly rejected a series of claims made by the neighbors' attorney - speaks volumes about the nature of the case.

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