Martha's Vineyard Commission completes draft Island Plan
The release of the Martha's Vineyard Commission's (MVC) draft version of the Island Plan last Friday ends part of a multi-year planning effort by the Island's powerful regulatory agency. The plan aims to create a blueprint for development and change for the next 50 years.
"The draft version of the Island Plan outlines a vision for the future of Martha's Vineyard and includes 201 strategies for getting there," MVC executive director Mark London said in a press release.
The draft Island Plan includes a summary of recommendations on development and growth, the built environment, energy and waste, housing, livelihood and commerce, the natural environment, the social environment, transportation, and water resources.
Mr. London said the Island Plan steering committee invites comments on the draft version's content and presentation from town boards, Island organizations, and members of the public by the end of September 2009. The document will be completed by the end of the year.
Steering committee members will be available to discuss the draft Island Plan at open houses on Wednesday, August 26, 4-7 pm; Saturday, August 29, 10 am-1 pm; and Monday, August 31, 12 noon to 3 pm. The open houses will be held at the MVC offices at 33 New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs.
The cost of the Island Plan through the end of FY08, June 30, 2008, was $257,000, Mr. London said. FY09 figures are not yet available. Towns were assessed a combined total of $120,000 for fiscal years 2007 through 2009.