MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In a groundbreaking decision that affects every town on the Vineyard, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court ruled last week that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

Pennywise Path Plan Wins MVC Approval

Ruling that the dire need for low-cost rental housing trumps traffic concerns, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted unanimously last night to approve the Pennywise Path affordable housing project in Edgartown.

Celebrity Dinners Raise Funds for Housing

Debate over the Supreme Court justice nominee John G. Roberts raged in Chilmark. Dinner guests sat in awe as Patricia Neal recited her Hollywood Walk of Fame address on Edgartown harbor. And couples danced the night away to the cabaret music of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in Lambert's Cove.

Affordable Housing Initiatives Clear Key Hurdles at Ballot Box

Affordable Housing Initiative Clears Key Hurdles at Ballot Box

By JAMES KINSELLA

Voters in three Vineyard towns yesterday brought the Island a step closer to the creation of a housing bank by backing the initiative and enacting the Community Preservation Act.

Approval of the CPA in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury provided a crucial step on the road to establishment of a housing bank, which would be modeled on the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank.

Affordable Housing Takes Shape on Chilmark's Middle Line Road

A tight-knit community of family farmhouses in the wooded hills off Tabor House Road. Homes that optimize their surrounding landscape and maximize exposure to the sun. A rambling stone wall surrounded by daffodils.

These are the images the Chilmark housing committee will introduce to town residents next week as part of a new conceptual design and feasibility report on the Middle Line Road project, the town-proposed affordable housing development.

Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes

Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes

By IAN FEIN

A Massachusetts Land Court judge last week solidly denied a motion for reconsideration from a group of neighbors who are trying to fight three affordable one-acre homesites on Chappaquiddick.

Edgartown town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport yesterday said the ruling - which directly rejected a series of claims made by the neighbors' attorney - speaks volumes about the nature of the case.

Edgartown’s Morgan Woods Wins Award for Excellence

Morgan Woods affordable housing development in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard has won the 2008 Urban Land Institute’s J. Ronald Terwilliger Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award.

The award recognizes exemplary developments that meet workforce housing needs in high cost communities. Entries are judged on specific criteria including: extent of affordability, involvement of public/private partnership, energy cost savings, green construction and innovative building technologies that reduce cost and improve efficiency.

Fund Appeals To Town CPC

Calling it a test of town priorities, the executive director of the Island Affordable Housing Fund this week asked the Oak Bluffs Community Preservation Committee to commit another $400,000 to the financially troubled Bradley Square project, in the name of historic preservation.

Island Affordable Housing Fund Names New Executive Director

He is a family man, father of three, physically fit with a passion for cycling, and a bit of history buff. And now T. Ewell Hopkins, who has been commuting from his year-round home in Oak Bluffs to work in mainland metropolises for the past 10 years, is happy to have more time at home on the Vineyard to be near his family, read and ride his bike on weekends.

But during the workweek he is occupied with a new job and a cause: raising money and promoting development of affordable housing on the Vineyard.

250 State Road: It’s Easy Being Green

Dozens of curious Islanders turned out to take part in Saturday’s green tour of the affordable housing project under construction at 250 State Road in West Tisbury. The sun was shining on a bitterly cold day as members of the Island Housing Trust and South Mountain Company led visitors through three solar homes in various stages of completion.

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