Commission Marks 40 Years of Fighting for the Island

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission, heralded as a unique and powerful regional planning organization, often the source of controversy, celebrated a quiet 40th anniversary this year.

Climate Change is Key for New MVC Director

The founding goal of 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island is to facilitate collaboration to address climate change. We recognize that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission holds a unique position of opportunity and responsibility for how the challenges posed by climate change are handled.

Search for MVC Director

Mark London, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, intends to retire at the end of August 2015, and finding his replacement has become one of the commission’s high priorities.

Nine Candidates for Nine Seats on the Martha's Vineyard Commission

Candidates running for nine open seats on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission reflect a wide range of priorities for the Island’s regional planning and review agency, but only two are newcomers. All the candidates acknowledge the need for better public understanding of the commission’s role in the community.

Commission in Transition; MVC Looks to Future as Executive Director Retires

A period of transition begins for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission with the announcement that executive director Mark London will retire at the end of next summer. The commission will soon begin a search for his replacement.

Lagoon Ridge Subdivision Wins Early, Nonbinding Approval from MVC

A complicated housing proposal in Oak Bluffs received a preliminary nod from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week. The plan calls for building for 25 housing units on 32.5 acres off Barnes Road. Nitrogen loading in the Lagoon is the biggest stumbling block.

MVC Executive Director Will Retire

Mark London quietly announced at the end of a commission meeting Thursday night that he would retire by the end of next summer. Mr. London has been executive director of the commission for the past 12 years.

West Tisbury Representative to MVC Resigns

Selectmen expressed dismay at the resignation of Brian Smith this week as the town representative on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

“He’s gone way beyond what we’ve expected him to do,” selectman Richard Knabel said. Mr. Smith has been a quiet leader on the commission.

Development on Island Has Slowed From Boom Years, MVC Data Shows

An animation released this week by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission shows development over time since 1660. Revised commission calculations predict that the Island won’t reach buildout until the year 2089.

Commercial Zoning Needed

The lack of any substantive local zoning in Tisbury’s commercial district made dealing with a proposal like Stop & Shop’s expansion and remodeling difficult at best for the town.