Planning Board

Community Meeting: April 14, 2021 at 6:00pm
Affordable Housing, "Southern Tier Housing Site"

To register for the webinar, please click here.

The first community meeting was held March 11, 2021 — see below.

Downtown Streetscape 

JUNE 16, 2020 — TOWN MEETING. $2,774,000 was given to finish the work of Streetscape. It will be used to pay costs of replacing sidewalks and public infrastructure in the Circuit Avenue, Healey Square, Kennebec Avenue business district and Lake Avenue parking in conjunction with the Town’s Streetscape Master Planning Process, including final design and specifications and for the payment of all other costs incidental and related.

For a history and more documents, please see the SIDEBAR.

Below is the presentation from the final forum along with previous presentations and plans.

Feb 15 Phase Two Final Public Forum Presentation
Oct 26 Phase Two Public Forum Presentation 
Phase Two Plans
Streetscape Master Plan 

Streetscape Master Plan

114-116 Dukes County Avenue — Dillon Creations Woodworking Shop (click below for folder)

20D01-Dillon Shop-illustration

Planning in the Southern Tier

Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region

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Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region


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MVCS phasing plan - Jan 2020


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2017 Corridor Study


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Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road

Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) has prepared this technical memorandum for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) to present both short- and long-term safety improvements that could be implemented at the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road crossing between Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) on the southern side of the road and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), and the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena on the northern side of the road.

Read the report

Read the report

Howard Stein Hudson cover

High School Track and Field

For more information, see sidebar. 

This application is being evaluated in context to the Study of the High School Area and Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Region in Oak Bluffs -- Existing Land Uses and Regulations published March 8, 2017 and prepared for the Oak Bluffs Planning Board by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region

Huntress image MV times -1

CWMP Public Information Meeting

A public information meeting with progress on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) was held October 23, 2019. Please click on the letter at right or below to read a letter from OBPB Chairperson Ewell Hopkins.

Read Needs Assessment Report and All Related Documents

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Letter from Ewell Hopkins

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Oak Bluffs is Going Green!

Oak Bluffs is working towards receiving a Green Community designation. For more information, click here

Public Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 6, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Thursday, March 5, 6:30 to 8pm
Green Communities Massachusetts map

Looking Forward: Climate Change Adaptation Context

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Provided by the Martha's Vineyard Commission 

Oak Bluffs Climate Change Context 2020 cover
Green Community Poster

Solar Bylaw Amendment Proposal

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The Planning Board held a public hearing on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, for discussion to amend Section 12.0 Solar Energy Systems to include Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations as the town seeks Green Community Designation. 

There will be a second public hearing on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. This bylaw proposal will be considered at the November 14, 2020 town meeting.

Eversource: see sidebar

Eversource Site Pre-Development

eversource map pre development

Eversource Site Post-Development

eversource map post development

MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

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EVERSOURCE in Oak Bluffs

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Click here to read MV Times story

Eversource proposes to construct and operate an
Energy Storage System (ESS) totaling 14.7 megawatts at the company's Oak Bluffs Service Center located at 208 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.


Ewell Hopkins, Chairperson
Term Expires: 2024

Mark CrosslandVice Chair
Term Expires: April 2022

Erik Albert
Term Expires: 2021

Bill Cleary
Term Expires: 2023

JoJo Lambert
Term Expires: 2025

Handbook for Boards and Committees

handbook for boards

Powers and Duties

  • Prepare a comprehensive/master plan (MGL c 41 §81D)
  • Propose, review, hold hearings and make recommendations on zoning bylaw/ordinance changes (text and map)
  • Review and act on subdivisions - preliminary and definitive plans (MGL c. 41, § 81K-81GG)
  • Review and sign Approval Not Required (ANR) plans
  • May be a Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA)
  • Review and act on Site Plan Reviews/Approvals
  • May hire and supervise planner
  • Review and make recommendations to the ZBA (Special permits, comprehensive permits.)
  • Review and act on Scenic Road changes
  • Review and act on Repetitive Petitions
  • Initiate planning projects/plans
  • Review requests to remove property from MGL c. 61
  • May review and recommend capital improvements
  • Other duties as authorized by bylaw, charter

Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Planning Initiative

Oak Bluffs is a cherished place, its southern region being the heart of Martha's Vineyard's three down-island towns, if not the entire Island community. This region, a mixture of public & non-profit services, and residential & commercial land uses faces strong development pressures. Few people are aware of the vast amounts of undeveloped land and the interests of current landowners to repurpose their existing developed parcels.

It is the goal of the Oak Bluffs Planning Board to bring an improved process of visioning and oversight to this critical segment of our town.

We invite you to review the recently adopted report of existing land uses and established regulations. This baseline of planning will serve to inform all future efforts in this segment of town. As defined in this report, for planning purposes, this segment of Oak Bluffs will be referred to as The Edgartown- Vineyard Haven Road Corridor.

Land Use and Regulations Report (PDF)

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