It is important that in the rush to designate the entire Island as a “district of critical planning concern” that we not forget two other issues that have long been neglected on the Vineyard. The first is the urgent need for affordable housing. The second is the need for much more active comprehensive planning so that we will not lurch from crisis to crisis as we have been doing, while growth around us has continued unabated. This letter deals only with the first.
This will not be a treatise on affordable housing.
A hefty contribution to affordable housing and strict limits on nitrogen are the two main elements of a deal struck late last week between the Oak Bluffs planning board and the buyers and sellers of a failed subdivision in the Southern Woodlands.
The Oak Bluffs affordable housing trust has recommended that the planning board require a contribution of $880,000 from the principals involved in the sale of the failed housing development. A public hearing is set for tonight at 7 p.m.