MVC receives planning assistance grant

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The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) is the recipient of a grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) as part of its planning assistance grant program, according to a press release from the EEA.

The commission received a $15,000 grant for “site plans for elderly housing that address nitrogen,” according to the release.

The over $1 million in grants for 31 projects that aim to improve land use planning consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles, 10 principles that promote integrated energy and environment, housing and economic development, transportation and other policies, programs, investments, and regulations.

“Through smart and sustainable development, we can ensure Massachusetts remains an exceptional place to live and grow a business,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in the release. “As an important supplement to our Housing Choice Initiative, these grants help municipalities modify their plans and regulations to build more affordable housing, better protect natural resources, and reduce car travel.”

MVC executive director Adam Turner told The Times the commission, which is also contributing $5,000 of its money, will work with Island Elderly Housing. The agency is looking at expansions at two of its facilities. The commission will look at hiring a consultant to do site-planning work to model wastewater development systems.

“We’re thankful that we continue to be awarded state money to develop innovative housing programs. This is a project that basically looks to develop the capacity to develop housing and elderly housing; the MVC is working a lot with elderly housing. This is something we feel strongly about developing,” Turner said.

The funding allows municipalities to hire technical experts to improve land use practices, diversify housing choices, mitigate and prepare for climate change impacts, and conserve and develop land.