Lagoon Ridge Subdivision Wins Early, Nonbinding Approval from MVC

A complicated housing proposal in Oak Bluffs received a preliminary nod from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week. The plan calls for building for 25 housing units on 32.5 acres off Barnes Road. Nitrogen loading in the Lagoon is the biggest stumbling block.

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MVC Executive Director Will Retire

Mark London quietly announced at the end of a commission meeting Thursday night that he would retire by the end of next summer. Mr. London has been executive director of the commission for the past 12 years.

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West Tisbury Representative to MVC Resigns

Selectmen expressed dismay at the resignation of Brian Smith this week as the town representative on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

“He’s gone way beyond what we’ve expected him to do,” selectman Richard Knabel said. Mr. Smith has been a quiet leader on the commission.

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Development on Island Has Slowed From Boom Years, MVC Data Shows

An animation released this week by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission shows development over time since 1660. Revised commission calculations predict that the Island won’t reach buildout until the year 2089.

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Commercial Zoning Needed
The lack of any substantive local zoning in Tisbury’s commercial district made dealing with a proposal like Stop & Shop’s expansion and remodeling difficult at best for the town.
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MVC Maps Chart Projected Sea Level Rise on Island
At high tide on a sunny day in the year 2100, a visit to Five Corners in Vineyard Haven could mean a swim with the fishes. New maps created by the Martha's Vineyard Commission project a changing seascape.
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Deadline Nears to File Papers to Run for Martha's Vineyard Commission

The deadline to file election papers to run for a spot on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission is Tuesday, July 29.

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MVC Decides Not to Review Marijuana Dispensary

Taking up the question for the first time of whether a dispensary requires review as a development of regional impact, Martha’s Vineyard Commission yielded control to the West Tisbury zoning board of appeals on the application by Susan Sanford, owner of Vineyard Complementary Medicine.

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Questions, No Answers
What happens when the Martha’s Vineyard Commission orders of conditions are ignored by an approved applicant’s project? How are those conditions enforced?
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Stop & Shop Hearing Closes; Deliberations Begin Next Month

A 10-month review of the Stop & Shop expansion plan came to a close Thursday night before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. The plan has been a lightning rod for debate in Tisbury and around the Island.

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