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What is the Martha's Vineyard Commission?
The Martha's Vineyard Commission is the regional planning agency of Dukes County, which is made up of the six towns of Martha's Vineyard -- Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury -- as well as the town of Gosnold on the Elizabeth Islands.
The Commission was created in 1974 by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature in response to the threat of unchecked development on Martha's Vineyard. The Legislature adopted the Martha's Vineyard Commission Act, which created a system of regional planning and regulation in order to protect the unique "natural, historical, ecological, scientific, [and] cultural" qualities of the Vineyard. The MVC’s mission is to help carefully manage growth so that the Vineyard's unique environment, character, social fabric and sustainable economy are maintained as development takes place.
How the Website is Organized
The Commission: outlines the agency's background and mission, and explains how it is organized and who is involved.
Calendar: lists upcoming and past meetings with links to documents related to those meetings.
Planning: describes the Commission’s regional land use planning efforts including: Comprehensive/Master Planning, Transportation, Water Resources, Coastal Ponds, Coastal Management, Open Space/Scenic Values, Economic Development & Housing, GIS/Data, and Current Planning Projects.
DRIs: describes Developments of Regional Impact, projects with significant impact that are regulated by the MVC.
DCPCs: describes the process whereby the MVC designates Districts of Critical Planning Concern to protect exceptional areas that require special regulations to guide the type of development that may occur.
Resource Center: includes a searchable database with over four thousand documents about the Commission and the Vineyard.
Note that the MVC is in the process of upgrading its website to improve functionality and update texts. We apologize for those sections that are out of date.