Zoning Board of Appeals
While the response to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) ensues, the Town of Amherst public offices remain closed. Department staff are working remotely and are ready to support your business needs, answer questions and schedule virtual meetings when necessary. Staff are available by email; please consult the Staff Directory to access email links.
The Zoning Board is a quasi-judicial body that operates under the authority of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Amherst. Section 10.38 of the Amherst Zoning Bylaw also outlines the process and specific findings that must be made for all ZBA Special Permit decisions.
The ZBA holds public hearings and acts on applications for Special Permits, Variances, Appeals of actions of the Building Commissioner, and Comprehensive Permits. Most ZBA hearings are for Special Permit applications for residential or business uses not allowed by right. All meetings and public hearings of the ZBA are open to the public. Hearings are advertised in the local paper and abutters are notified at least 2 weeks in advance of the hearing.
* Mr. Judge served as Associate Members from 2017
|Full Members||Year Appointed||Term Expires|
|* Steve Judge||2019||2022|
|Associate Members||Year Appointed||Term Expires|
|Sharon Waldman||2020 (second term as Associate)||2021|
Town Council Appointed: 5 full Members serve 3 year terms; up to 4 Associate Members serve 1 year terms .
Links to help in the Zoning Board of Appeals process:
- ZBA Handout Prepared by Town Council Community Resources Committee – Dated 2021-03-31
- Amherst ZBA Rules and Regulations, Effective Date July 28 2020
- Dark Sky lighting Examples
- Citizen Guide to the Conservation and Development Permit Process
- Zoning Primer, Overview of Zoning Principles