MVC hosts meetings on wind energy, transportation plans

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) has two public meetings lined up next week for anyone who might like to take a break from the beach and discuss wind energy and transportation.

On Wednesday, August 24, the MVC and an Island-wide work group of representatives will present the highlights of a 150-page draft wind energy plan for Dukes County. The work group is seeking feedback from town boards, organizations, and members of the public before the plan is finalized this fall.

The goal of the plan is to allow for reasonable wind energy development while minimizing potentially detrimental impacts on environmental, cultural, and economic resources, according to a press release from MVC executive director Mark London. The plan also proposes policies for where wind turbines might be allowed, where they should be subject to special review, and what standards should apply.

The meeting starts at 7 pm in the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury with a presentation on the draft plan, followed by a question and answer session and a public comment period.

On Monday, August 29, the MVC and the Martha’s Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) will discuss and solicit public comment on a draft regional transportation plan (RTP) released this week. The meeting starts at noon in the MVC offices at 33 New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Mr. London said the RTP is required to be updated every four years to reflect the latest information about the Island’s transportation needs and proposed improvements as the basis for state and federal transportation funding.

Such funds would be used for operational support for the Vineyard Transit Authority and financing for projects such as the new Sengekontacket Pond and Lagoon Pond bridges, improvements to roads and sidewalks, the planned Oak Bluffs roundabout, and bike path extensions.

Copies of the draft wind energy plan and RTP may be viewed at town libraries or downloaded from the MVC’s Island Plan website at www.islandplan.org.

For more information call the MVC at 508-693-3453.