​Limiting commercial and residential development in Madaket is vital to its residents and visitors; our organization supports zoning changes that retain the unique, rural character of Madaket.  The most recent example is MRA’s support of the rezoning of 1,100 acres at the Head of the Plains to ten acre zoning as a Moorlands Management District from the approximately three acre zoning characteristic of the former LUG-3 zone.

The MRA works very closely with other area associations, the Nantucket Civic League and conservation organizations such as the Madaket Land Trust, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the Nantucket Islands Land Bank and the Nantucket Land Council to assure that open space is conserved in all of its natural beauty.  


​About 40% of Nantucket is held in conservation, and the MRA supports the continued acquisition of open land that will be available to the public in perpetuity.  The acquisition and conservation of 90 acres at the Head of the Plains, which had been the site of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tower, is a major priority of the MRA.

   Overview of Conservation Issues ...

The Madaket Residents Association values the beaches and open space that exist in Madaket.  Preservation of local natural resources including open space and public access to Madaket’s waterfront and beaches is critically important to MRA members.