Island Land Use Agency Confronts Critical Agenda on Rapid Growth Issues
Julia Wells

A formidable Islandwide transportation planning project and a slew of fresh development proposals are expected to keep the newly configured Martha's Vineyard Commission busy in the months ahead.

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North Shore Nominated for Protection
Chris Burrell
The Martha's Vineyard Commission acted swiftly last night to set in motion a plan that could preserve the north shore between the West Chop and Gay Head lighthouses as it is today - pristine and virtually free of any piers, docks or groins.
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Golf Plan Returned to MVC
Julia Wells

Acting on a joint request from attorneys for the Martha's Vineyard Commission and the Down Island Golf Club, a superior court judge sent the golf club plan back to the commission this week for fresh review.

"This matter is remanded to the Martha's Vineyard Commission for further proceedings, including a public hearing to consider plaintiff's amended application," declared the Hon. Richard C. Connan, an associate justice of the superior court who sits in Barnstable.

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New Golf Plan Released
Chris Burrell
The proposed Down Island Golf Club in Oak Bluffs is now officially back in the pipeline at the Martha's Vineyard Commission with plans filed last week and an initial hearing scheduled for June 11.
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Golf Course Developers Open Political Campaign to Win Support for Plan
Julia Wells
This time around, the gloves are coming off. That is the word that's been quietly circulated for the last several months by spokesmen for the Down Island Golf Club, as they prepared a new plan to build a private luxury golf club in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs.
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Special Conservation District Declared for Menemsha and Nashaquitsa Ponds
Julia Wells
Following a late-night discussion that grew cranky at times, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted narrowly last week to designate a district of critical planning concern for the shorelines of two shellfish-rich ponds in Chilmark.

The vote was 9-6 to approve the Menemsha and Nashaquitsa Ponds DCPC.

Jennie Greene, the appointed member of the commission from Chilmark, fought bitterly to block the DCPC.

"I think this is a slam-dunk that a couple of people put together.

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MVC Reviews Boatline Issues
Julia Wells

The impact of bringing more summer visitors to the Vineyard using high-speed ferry service from New Bedford, the tricky practice of carrying fuel on the boats, and the role that the public boat line plays in the lives of Islanders - these were all subjects for discussion at the Martha's Vineyard Commission last week.

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Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case
Julia Wells

Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case

Martha's Vineyard Commission Power to Review Affordable Housing Projects Will Be Determined by the Ruling

By 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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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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