Final public meetings for housing production plans to be held next week

Adam Turner, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, shown here in his office in Oak Bluffs, has been meeting with Island leaders and residents in workshops designed to envision housing solutions. — Sam Moore

The third and final round of housing production plan (HPP) interactive community workshops will be held next week. The workshops will help guide zoning and housing policies in all six Island towns, and will be the basis of an Island-wide HPP. The workshops are being held under the aegis of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC), and run by planning consultants from RKG Associates and JM Goldson. The HPP workshops are the first step in a coordinated campaign to create housing opportunities for Islanders with a wide range of income levels.

At this final round of workshops, attendees will be presented with maps that show town-owned vacant lots, so specific housing sites can be discussed.

“We’ll be presenting information that will shed new light on the Island housing shortage,” MVC executive director Adam Turner told The Times. “This last round of meetings is critical because we’ll be discussing specific housing options for each town. We encourage everyone, homeowners included, to attend.  This isn’t just about housing. It’s about the long term health of the Island economy.”

Aquinnah: Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 pm, at Old Town Hall. A community dinner starts at 6:30.

Chilmark: Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 pm at town hall, selectmen’s meeting room.

Edgartown: Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 at the Menemsha Room of the Harbor View Hotel.

Oak Bluffs: Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 pm, at the Oak Bluffs School cafeteria.

Tisbury: Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 pm, at the Tisbury Senior Center.

West Tisbury: Monday, Dec. 12, at 4 pm, at the Public Safety Building.

More information on the HPP, including results from the first two rounds of workshops, can be found on the MVC website, mvcommission.org.