Survey Highlights Need for Year-Round Rental Housing
Alex Elvin

A Martha’s Vineyard Commission survey confirms a stark contrast between the needs of renters and homeowners on the Island.

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Fate of Historic Oak Bluffs Cottage to Be Decided
Alex Elvin

The fate of a historic cottage near the Oak Buffs Library will likely be decided early next year. The owner of the 650-square foot summer home wants to tear it down.

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Commercial Expansions Occupy MVC
Alex Elvin

A slate of commercial projects are under review by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, including a plan for employee housing above the Lampost in Oak Bluffs, and a new hotel in Edgartown.

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A Look at the Vineyard in the 21st Century
Holly Higinbotham
How’s this for a long view of the Vineyard, let’s say some time after the year 2000 when this fragile Island enters the 21st century.
  • A summer population of as much as 260,000.
  • More than 40,000 buildings situated on only 64,000 acres of Vineyard land.
  • Miles upon miles of asphalt roads criss-crossing back and forth across the length and breadth of the Island.
  • Housing construction riveted to rigid, evenly spaced grid plans, like another Levittown.
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Governor Sargent Signs State Bill
Vineyard Gazette
Gov. Francis W. Sargent came to Association Hall in Tisbury Saturday afternoon to sign the state land use control bill for the Vineyard - a bill that had its start in the same lovely white and blue meeting place in January of 1973.
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Phillips Hardware Plan Nears a Vote at the MVC
Alex Elvin

An ambitious plan to replace the old hardware building in Oak Bluffs with a three-story structure is nearly ready for a vote by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

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Martha's Vineyard Commission Election Attracts Crowded Field
Alex Elvin

Fourteen Island residents are vying for nine open seats on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission this year — a larger field than usual in recent years for the regional planning agency.

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Oak Bluffs Solar Project Stalls Before MVC
Alex Elvin

A planned solar array on land owned by the Oak Bluffs water district remains in the slow lane as developers prepare to return to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission later this month.

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Chilmark Sends High School Turf Plan to MVC for Review
Alex Elvin and Heather Hamacek
Following weeks of public debate over a plan to install artificial turf fields at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, the Chilmark selectmen on Tuesday voted to refer the project to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission for review.
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MVC Conference Takes Up Coastal Ponds Issue
Julia Wells

With Vineyard coastal ponds at a tipping point, on Thursday this week the Martha’s Vineyard Commission will lead a daylong conference Thursday.

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