Spring 2008 Town Meeting

This page lists zoning articles that were considered during the Spring 2008 town Meeting.

Article 25 - Density Calculations
Summary This article would amend the logic used for calculating the count of allowed units in 3 selected residential development methods, by using mathematical rounding to convert fractional results to integers.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that town Meeting adopt this article
TM result Passed by a declared 2 -3rds vote on 5/14/08

 Article 26 - 500-502 Sunderland Road Rezoning
Summary This article would rezone 2 parcels of land on the west side of Sunderland Road (Route 116) in North Amherst from R-O (Outlying Residence) to village Center Residence (R-VC).
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Supporting documentation Minority Report on Article 26
Letter in Support of Article 26
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 3-2 to recommend that town Meeting adopt this article
TM result Defeated by a tally vote of 63 Yes, 117 No on 5/19/08. Tally vote results available online.

 Article 27 - Municipal Parking District
Summary This article would convert Amherst's previously-existing Municipal Parking Zone into a full-fledged zoning district, the Municipal Parking District (an overlay district).
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 5-0 to recommend that town Meeting adopt this article
TM result Passed by a declared 2 -3rds vote on 5/14/08.

 Article 28 - Design Review Districts
Summary This article would convert Amherst's previously-existing areas of jurisdiction for the Design Review Board into 2 full-fledged overlay zoning districts.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 5-0 to recommend that town Meeting adopt this article
TM result Passed by a declared 2 -3rds vote on 5/19/08.

 Article 29 - Steep Slopes
Summary This petition article would disallow the inclusion of steep slope areas from the total lot area used in the calculation of maximum density for residential developments, and prevent them from being counted as usable open space for purposes of recreation.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that town Meeting refer this article to the Planning Board.
TM result Referred back to Planning Board by declared majority vote on 5/19/08.

 Article 30 - Inclusionary Zoning
Summary This petition article sought to amend the Inclusionary Zoning section of the Zoning Bylaw to require that affordable units provided by Inclusionary Zoning be countable under M.G.L. 40B, to require increased visitability, and to require that recreational facilities be provided in new residentitial development.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 7-0, with the concurrence of the petitioner to recommend that town Meeting dismiss this article, and to instead consider Article 31, which was an alternative version presented by the Planning Board.
TM result Voted unanimously to refer the article to the Planning Board and Leisure Services on 5/19/08.

 Article 31 - Inclusionary Zoning
Summary This article, a Planning Board-developed alternative to Article 30, would amend the Inclusionary Zoning section of the Zoning Bylaw to accomplish goals similar to those expressed in Article 30 - to require that 49% of affordable units provided by Inclusionary Zoning be countable under M.G.L. 40B, and to require increased visitability. The provisions regarding recreational facilities from Article 30 were not included in Article 31, with an understanding that the petitioner intended that these provisions be referred back to the Planning Board for further study.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 8-0 to recommend that town Meeting adopt an amended version of this article, which would incorporate the changes to require that affordable units be countable under 40B along with various technical changes, and would refer the portions dealing with visitability back to the Planning Board and to the Disability Access Advisory Committee.
TM result Voted by a declared 2 -3rds vote to adopt the sections of the Article incorporating the technical changes and the 40B countability provisions, and to refer the section on visitability to the Planning Board and to the Disability Access Advisory Committee; all votes taken on 5/19/08.

 Article 32 - Main / Dickinson / High Street Rezoning
Summary This petition article would rezone, in various ways, a total of 8 parcels, or portions thereof, in the vicinity of Main Street, High Street, and Dickinson Street.
Board report Planning Board Report to town Meeting
Board recommendation The Planning Board voted 6-0-1 ( 1 abstention), with the concurrence of the petitioner, to recommend that town Meeting refer this article to the Planning Board.
TM result Voted unanimously to refer the article to the Planning Board on May 28, 2008.
The warrant for the Spring 2008 town Meeting, which contains the full text of each article, is available online, and the full results from the town Meeting are available online.