Cramped, outdated public buildings, vaguely-worded bylaws and a lack of housing policies are among the obstacles to progress that came up during a virtual presentation to Tisbury’s master plan steering committee.


The complex task of writing a master plan — a comprehensive planning document to guide the town through development, land use and other far-reaching decisions — is under way in Tisbury.


The ongoing affordable housing crisis and long-term town planning were central themes in Tisbury Tuesday night as candidates introduced themselves to voters. The election is April 28. There are contested races for selectman and planning board.

A proposed subdivision on Pine street in Vineyard Haven has raised concerns from abutters and some planning board members about the density of the project. The property at 14 Pine street is well-known in Vineyard Haven as the site of the Luce house; a developer plans to build an eight-lot subdivision behind the home.


Vineyard Haven Boch Property Is Centerpiece of Future Plan


Nearly two decades ago, the late Ernest J. Boch Sr. paid $600,000 for what he called "a nice little spot" on Vineyard Haven harbor.

Today, despite the property's current scruffy appearance, members of the Tisbury planning board could not agree more.

Board members recently unveiled a master plan for the waterfront and downtown area that identified the parcel, known as Boch Park, as a crucial element.

A pedestrian walkway that stretches along the perimeter of the harbor. Traffic patterns aimed at easing congestion in the Island's most notorious intersection. Improved public transportation routes that will offer passengers more alternatives. A town hall nestled in the heart of the village.