Tree-Cutting Questions Pull Southern Woodlands Back Before Commission

Tree-Cutting Questions Pull Southern Woodlands Back Before Commission

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

Connecticut developer Corey Kupersmith came back onto the radar screen this week in a fresh collision with the town of Oak Bluffs and the Martha's Vineyard Commission - this time over a tree-cutting project that may or may not be in violation of state and local laws.

Developers Bring Their Housing Plan Back to Commission

Developers Bring Their Housing Plan Back to Commission

By JULIA WELLS

Alternately cracking shrill jokes and smacking the table with his hand, a Bolton housing developer last night unveiled a new version of a plan to build 320 homes on the southern woodlands property once planned as the site for the Down Island Golf Club.

Brian Lafferty, who works for property owner and would-be golf club developer Corey Kupersmith, wasted little time before throwing down the gauntlet in front of the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

Once More Before the Court: Power of the Commission

Once More Before the Court: Power of the Commission

By JULIA WELLS

The unique power of the Martha's Vineyard Commission to review low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute, will come under scrutiny again later this month in the Massachusetts Land Court.

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.

Vineyard Commissioners Approve Compromise for Southern Woodlands

Vineyard Commissioners Approve Compromise for Southern Woodlands

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

Amid conciliatory expressions and with the developer's representative waving a white hat in the air, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted without dissent last night to approve a plan that is expected to close the final chapter in a bitter four-year battle over the development of the southern woodlands in Oak Bluffs.

MVC Allows Tribal Community Center

After a brief public hearing and a whirlwind deliberation session, the Martha's Vineyard Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a community center for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Black Brook Road.

The community center is in fact already partially built. The tribe first broke ground on the center in the spring of 2004; the building remains half-finished.

Comission Gives Green Light to Fourth Brazilian Church

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week unanimously approved plans to convert the old industrial building next to the Oak Bluffs library on Pacific avenue, formerly used as a trash hauling depot, into a place of worship for the Igreja Evangalica Assemblia de Deus church, whose congregation is predominantly Brazilian immigrants.

Although Island construction has been sluggish recently, the business of Brazilian churches has been robust. The newly approved church in Oak Bluffs is one of four Brazilian churches to be built here in recent years.

Letters to the Editor

YO-YOING: ANOTHER VIEW

Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

Recently you printed a letter from Scott Terry regarding the controversy over the use of yo-yoing for striped bass. Mr. Terry has a reputation for being a very good artist as well as a very good fisherman and he has certainly had his share of press over the years, not all of it positive.

Conservation Commissioners Praise Wetland Code Guidance

Island town conservation commission members were pleased Monday with what they said were clear and useful instructions for handling state building code changes in state wetland areas.

New construction and major renovations and additions to buildings in designated wetlands must be built on open pilings rather than on conventional solid foundations, according to changes to the state building code that took effect Jan. 1.

MVC Is Essential Protector of Edgartown

A s a longtime Edgartown resident, I was surprised to hear news reports that I might be paying more than my share to support the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

As a member and present chairman of the MVC, I was more surprised to hear some people saying that things the MVC does for the Vineyard aren’t necessary for Edgartown.

Wearing both hats, I sat down and made a list of the ways my town has benefited over the years from the MVC’s work. What follows is part of it.

Protecting the Edgartown Great Pond and Sengekontacket:

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