At Large: Towns should claw back their depreciated prerogatives

In the mid-1970s, when the ground rules for implementing the Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s enabling legislation were being written, a general goal was to identify and devise protective protocols for fragile landscapes, for delicate and delightful environmental features, and for open space, which was under assault. A companion objective was the protection from regional regulatory intrusion […]

At Large: The simple sense of it

The politicians who drafted the Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s enabling legislation in 1974 tried to strike a delicate balance. They wanted to empower the commission to push out the town-by-town boundaries of limited zoning and subdivision regulation, but they also wanted the commission’s jurisdiction to function as a limited grant of authority from the towns and […]