Changing of the Guard at the MVC

Mark London’s to-do list after his last day heading the Martha’s Vineyard Commission includes painting, photography, spending time with his family — and finally applying for American citizenship. In an interview, the outgoing executive director reflects.

MVC Agrees to Modify Old Coach Road as Special Way

Despite clearly-stated concern about future precedent, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission agreed last week to shorten the protected special way in West Tisbury in order to preserve vehicle access for a private property owner.

Draft Transportation Plan Creates Future Blueprint for Crowded Martha's Vineyard

Against a backdrop of explosive population growth and traffic congestion in the summer months, a draft transportation plan released by the MVC outlines a series of goals and projects for the next quarter century on the Island.

Vineyard Transportation Survey Says: Five Corners a Bummer

The vast majority of respondents to a survey conducted this year by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission named the Five Corners intersection in Vineyard Haven as the most dangerous area on the Island.

Commission Approves Contract for New Executive Director

Connecticut town planner Adam Turner has signed a two-year contract to serve as the new executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Under the agreement approved by the commission last week, he will earn an annual salary of $107,454 starting August 1.

MVC Names New Executive Director

Adam Turner, town planner for Colchester, Conn., will replace Mark London this August as head of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

MVC Closes Hearing on West Tisbury Subdivision

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will soon decide the fate of a proposed 31-acre subdivision on Pine Hill Road in West Tisbury. The former farmland would be divided five residential lots of varying sizes.

Commission Takes Steps to Protect Historic West Tisbury Roads

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has taken steps to preserve the historic character of several West Tisbury roadways. Commissioners voted to designate Pine Hill, Red Coat Hill, Mott’s Hill and Shubael Weeks roads as special ways, affording them protections against future development.

MVC Executive Director Search Attracts Strong Interest

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will choose a new director from a pool of 33 candidates. A nationwide search that concluded last week saw a good response, search committee chairman Doug Sederholm said.

MVC Approves Budget With No Dissent

The commission late last week quickly approved a $1.42 million budget for fiscal year 2016, marking a 2.4 per cent decrease from last year. Modest increases in salaries and employee benefits were offset by a $52,000 reduction in legal spending.

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