MVC Retreats from Initiative to Redraft Island Membership Plan for New Golf Club
Mandy Locke

The Martha's Vineyard Commission backed away Thursday night from a push to redraw the Vineyard Golf Club's Island membership plan.

Commission members dropped the issue of the subjective selection process citing not principles, but politics. Commissioners openly acknowledged that pushing for a lottery system could do more harm than good, threatening an already strained relationship with a town board.

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40B Plan Draws Protests at Final MVC Hearing
MANDY LOCKE

40B Plan Draws Protests at Final MVC Hearing

By MANDY LOCKE

Emotions ran high throughout the final night of public testimony regarding a Chapter 40B affordable housing development that, if approved, would place 20 homes on 4.9 acres of land near Tisbury's center.

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Golf Course Developers Attack Land Commission in Superior Court Lawsuit
Julia Wells

Using new lawyers but spelling out the same themes, the developers of the Down Island Golf Club filed a lawsuit against the Martha's Vineyard Commission late last week, attacking everything from the recent vote to reject a luxury golf course project in the southern woodlands to the enabling legislation that created the commission.

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Scars Linger from Past MVC Collisions
Julia Wells

Scars Linger from Past MVC Collisions

By JULIA WELLS

Getting out was hard.

When Tisbury and Edgartown voted to withdraw from the Martha's Vineyard Commission in the late 1970s, what followed was a procedural and political tangle that went on for years.

In Tisbury, the fight was over the second slip for the Steamship Authority. In Edgartown, it was about the rules for the coastal district of critical planning concern.

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Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case
Julia Wells

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court heard arguments this week in a groundbreaking case that will ultimately decide whether the Martha's Vineyard Commission has the power to review low and moderate-income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

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Eleventh-Hour Chaos Precedes MVC Final Vote on Golf Course
Julia Wells

The Martha's Vineyard Commission last night affirmed its decision to reject the Down Island Golf Club plan, but not before a minor fracas around an unexpected eleventh-hour pitch from the Oak Bluffs selectmen to have the commission delay the final written version of the denial.

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MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court
Julia Wells

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In a groundbreaking decision that affects every town on the Vineyard, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court ruled last week that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

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Commissioners Open Review of Southern Woodlands Plan
Julia Wells

Commissioners Open Review of Southern Woodlands Plan

By JULIA WELLS

Battles lines were drawn last night when a Bolton developer who wants to build a massive housing project in the Southern Woodlands gave the Martha's Vineyard Commission its first glimpse of the project.

In fact a glimpse was all that was available, as developer Brian Lafferty unveiled only the barest outlines of his plan to build 320 homes on 288 acres in Oak Bluffs.

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The Island's Water World: A New Study Says Towns Must Be Proactive on Supply
Mandy Locke

Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury town officials received their marching orders this month - recommendations for steps these Island towns should take to protect and enhance public water supplies in order to keep pace with future development.

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Island Forecast: A Rush of Cell Towers
Mandy Locke

In the face of federal laws which leave local zoning regulations powerless, West Tisbury officials are grappling with one of the first of a likely onslaught of requests for cellular phone towers dotting the town's rural landscape.

It's a familiar fight for the West Tisbury zoning board of appeals.

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