Tisbury invites community participation in planning workshop

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What direction should Tisbury’s development take? How should the town tackle the need for building new municipal facilities while making better use of the ones it has now?

To learn what residents, property owners, and businesses think about questions such as these, the Tisbury Planning Board will host three “Vision Planning” community workshops. The first is scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. The board’s goal is to involve as many people as possible, of all ages, in planning for the town’s future.

Planning Board member Cheryl Doble, who formerly taught about vision planning and ran a community design center for the State University of New York, is spearheading the initiative.

Ms. Doble said the first workshop is the most crucial, and will provide the cornerstone for Tisbury’s Vision Plan, a framework to guide town planning decisions, set manageable goals, and establish an action plan.

“What we need to better understand is what the community values, what people want to preserve going forward, whether it’s a site, a tradition, or a characteristic,” Ms. Doble said. “That’s a big part of the first workshop. We haven’t had a conversation about our collective values with the town, and this needs to ground the decisions we make.”

Challenges and opportunities in Tisbury are another focus for the first workshop.

“We also want to understand how people currently use the community,” Ms. Doble added. “What do you do here on a regular basis? What would you like to do?”

Workshop activities will be facilitated by members of the Vision Planning Committee, an advisory group of 12 representatives from the business community, selectmen, Tisbury School, and town boards, committees, and organizations.

“The workshop offers participants the opportunity to share ideas, and we want it to be a dialogue, to start a process to work together to lay the platform for good decision-making that supports what people want,” Ms. Doble said. “From there, the Planning Board wants to move forward and draft a complete master plan.”

Although it’s not required for participation, the workshop organizers would appreciate an RSVP to visionplan@tisburyma.gov.

Additional workshops to discuss a draft vision plan, strategies, and implementation will be held from 10 am to 12 pm on Oct. 3 at the Vineyard Haven library and Oct. 4 at the Tisbury Emergency Services Facility.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that first workshop would be the focus of the workshops on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. That is incorrect. All of the workshops will focus on Vision Planning.