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Regional Planning Agencies

This dataset was created by extracting Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) adjacent to the Massachusetts ocean management planning area from the Massachusetts Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS) "Regional Planning Agencies - December 2007" data layer. As described in the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, RPAs with regulatory authority shall define the appropriate scale of any wind energy project located within waters of those municipalities that are subject to the jurisdiction of such regional planning authorities as of the date of issuance of the plan. For the Cape Cod Commission, this includes the waters of the municipalities of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mashpee, Sandwich, Bourne, and Falmouth. For the Martha's Vineyard Commission, this includes the waters of the municipalities of Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury. This Ocean Management Plan does not authorize the Martha's Vineyard Commission to define the appropriate scale of any wind energy or other project in the Gosnold Wind Energy Area, whether or not the Martha's Vineyard Commission has jurisdiction over that area pursuant to its enabling act. Therefore, Gosnold was removed from the Martha's Vineyard Commission polygon.
Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean, Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Gulf Of Maine, and Continent > North America > United States Of America > Massachusetts
oceans, 014, boundaries, 003, Human Dimensions > Boundaries > Administrative Divisions, Human Dimensions > Boundaries > Political Divisions, marine spatial planning, MSP, ocean management, coastal zone management, ecosystem-based management, and EBM
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