Tisbury Nominated Harbor for DCPC
Bryan Chambala

In an effort to regain control of their waterfront, Tisbury selectmen voted Tuesday evening to nominate Vineyard Haven harbor as a district of critical planning concern. The nomination will be considered by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

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Commission Approves Special Districts
Bryan Chambala

Three Island towns awake this morning under the umbrella of permit moratoriums following last night’s meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

The commission opened its regular meeting by approving a nomination for a district of critical planning concern in the Vineyard Haven harbor. The vote was unanimous and followed a public hearing which was held prior to the opening of the commission meeting. Only one member of the public was heard in the hearing.

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Tisbury Has Spirited Exchanges Over New Harbor Regulations
Cole Louison

Loosening restrictions on land while tightening them on the water sparked considerable discussion at the Tisbury board of selectman meeting on Tuesday.

Sixteen proposed harbor regulations restricting when, where and how boats operate in Vineyard Haven harbor were debated during the public hearing.

A regulation stating “all commercial ferries shall operate within hours compliant to noise regulations” drew pointed comments from selectman Tristan Israel on the Steamship Authority’s adherence to harbor restrictions.

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New Harbor Regulations Set in Tisbury
Cole Louison

After 14 revised drafts and nearly a year of public discussion, a final set of regulations aimed at protecting the historical and ecological character of Vineyard Haven harbor is on the verge of completion.

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Commission Votes to Adopt Tisbury Harbor Regulations
Cole Louison

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted unanimously last week to accept a set of regulations for a new district of critical planning concern (DCPC) aimed at protecting the historic and environmental integrity of the Vineyard Haven harbor.

The special planning district is the first of its kind for a town harbor.

If the regulations are approved by voters at a special town meeting in October, they will become part of the town zoning bylaws. The regulations saw enthusiastic support from the public at a hearing last week.

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MVC Declares District Encompassing Harbors And Highways
Julia Wells

Calling it an important step for the Vineyard and signaling a new determination to take the lead in regional transportation planning, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted with one voice last night to designate an Islandwide harbors and highways district of critical planning concern (DCPC).

“This DCPC proposal is a culmination of a lot of time and thinking about existing DCPCs and about the impact of the car and what it is doing to the Island roads,” declared MVC executive director Charles W. Clifford.

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Commission Wrestles With Historic House Dilemma
Noah Asimow
As Stop & Shop mulls redevelopment plans for a new Vineyard Haven store, it wants to demolish the Caleb Prouty House.
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Refuse District Expansion Wins MVC Approval
Noah Asimow
The Martha’s Vineyard Refuse District got a green light for a long-sought $2.5 million transfer station reconfiguration and expansion Thursday night.
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MVC Postpones Vote on Meetinghouse Place

Deliberations and a vote on the Meetinghouse Place subdivision have been postponed for a second week.

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MVC Approves Mill House Demolition, But at a Cost
Noah Asimow

Capping a lengthy and at times emotional process, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission begrudgingly approved the historic Mill House demolition 13-1 Thursday night.

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