Chilmark May Limit Home Size, Bylaw Passes State

A Chilmark zoning bylaw regulating house size is now official after the town received approval from the state attorney general’s office this week. Kelli Gunagan, assistant attorney general and bylaw coordinator, informed the town in a July 9 letter that the state approved the zoning amendments passed at the annual town meeting in April.

“Based upon our review of the text of [the bylaw], the relevant case law, and all the materials submitted to our office, we conclude that Section 6.11 is not clearly inconsistent with [Massachusetts general law],” Ms.

Chilmark Defends Rural Character, Passes Bylaw To Regulate Home Size

Following nearly a year and a half of wide-ranging and sometimes emotional debate about the impact of large houses on the rural character of Chilmark, voters overwhelmingly approved a new bylaw to limit house size at their annual town meeting this week.

Chilmark Town Board Scolded for Inappropriate Behavior

Chilmark selectmen sharply criticized the human resources board Tuesday night for using inappropriate language to discuss town employees and alleging improper conduct by town officials at public meetings last month.

The selectmen’s criticism stemmed from Feb. 7 and Feb.

Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan

Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan


After a two-hour debate that weighed the future of Menemsha against the town's other priorities, Chilmark voters this week passed on an opportunity to buy the Home Port restaurant and adjoining pondfront properties for $3.9 million.

Special Town Meeting Set in Chilmark

Special Town Meeting Set in Chilmark


Harbor repairs, health insurance for firefighters, extending the town building cap and a plan to lease out town property for a community swimming pool will all come before Chilmark voters at a special town meeting Monday night.

Set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center, the warrant includes 10 articles. Moderator Everett Poole will preside over the special session.

Chilmark Annual Town Meeting Monday; Yankee Frugality Yields Lean Warrant

A lean budget, a short spending list and a relatively slim warrant await Chilmark voters at the annual meeting on Monday night.

Moderator Everett H. Poole will once again take up the gavel before voters take on a 27-article warrant. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.

Chilmark Voters Will Tackle Harbor, Land Deal Decisions

At a special town meeting on Monday Chilmark voters will face a slew of town spending requests ranging from money for repairs on the fire station, police station and Squibnocket beach parking lot to design work for a new building on Menemsha harbor.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center. Moderator Everett H. Poole will preside over the session.

Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Purchase

Occupying almost every available seat in the Chilmark Community Center, voters rejected a $2 million purchase of the Home Port restaurant at a special town meeting last night, flouting months of effort on the part of selectmen to acquire the Menemsha restaurant and surrounding property for public use.

As a result of last night’s vote, the longstanding Menemsha seafood restaurant will now likely go to Robert and Sarah Nixon, private buyers who signed an alternate purchase agreement with the current owners.

Chilmark Strikes Scallop Deal, Seeks Details on Home Port

Chilmark’s most diehard scallopers will have a chance to increase the bushel limit in exchange for some community service.

Menemsha seafood retailer Karsten Larsen convinced selectmen at a meeting Tuesday to raise the small pond limits from two to three bushels a day, arguing that those ponds are oversubscribed with small scallops which would die in a freeze and potentially damage the pond bed.

Wind Power’s Strongest Critics Air Their Views At Forum in Chilmark

On Sunday night opponents of wind development off Vineyard shores — including selectmen, fishermen, Wampanoags and a Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor — were given a megaphone to voice their views.

Hosted by POINT (Protect Our Islands Now for Tomorrow), a group led by Andrew Goldman of Chilmark, the forum drew a large crowd to the Chilmark Community Center.

“We will have the largest concentration of turbines anywhere in the world,” declared Mr. Goldman, who moderated the forum.