Martha's Vineyard Commission holds public hearing on DRI checklist revisions
The Martha's Vineyard Commission will hold a public hearing tonight regarding proposed revisions to the development of regional impact (DRI) checklist. The checklist sets forth the standards and criteria that define which projects must, or may, be referred to the commission for review. The hearing starts at 7:45 pm at the commission offices in the Stone Building on New York Avenue.
The Martha's Vineyard Commission's Land Use Planning Committee (LUPC) drafted the DRI checklist revisions with input from town boards in discussions over the past year.
One of the proposed changes would do away with the "Once a DRI, always a DRI" provision, meaning that previous DRIs which have not been implemented would no longer trigger automatic referral to the Martha's Vineyard Commission for review.
In addition to several definitions, which have been added, expanded or clarified, the revised DRI checklist adds the words "with concurrence" to a number of items, which will allow the Martha's Vineyard Commission to send applications back to a town without review if there are no regional impacts. Another proposed change would allow the year-round residential component of a mixed-use building to be excluded from the calculation of a building's floor space.
The latest version of the revised DRI checklist, dated 12/10/07, is available here.
Following tonight's hearing, the DRI checklist will be submitted to the state's secretary of energy and environmental affairs for approval.