2012 Annual Town Meeting

2012 Annual Town Meeting (posted April 11, 2012)
ARTICLE 26 - Residential Parking Design Regulations (Planning Board)
Report to Town Meeting

ARTICLE 24 & 25 - Village Center Rezoning (Planning Board)
Report to Town Meeting
These articles represent an updated and significantly revised version of the village center rezoning proposal presented under Artilce 17 to the Fall 2011 Special Town Meeting. Numerous changes have been made, but the basic approach remains. The amendments have been separated into two articles, to allow Town Meeting to vote on proposed changes to Atkins Corners and North Amherst village separately.

Articles 24 and 25 propose to do three things:

1. To add general new form-based design regulations to the Zoning Bylaw to govern the overall design of new growth and development in centers in Amherst.

2. To add new form-based design regulations that tailor the general form-based design regulations to the specific character of individual village centers, beginning with Atkins Corners (Article 24) and North Amherst village center (Article 25).

3. To rezone the official Zoning Map for Atkins Corners (Article 24) and North Amherst village center (Article 25). These zoning district changes would include:

A. Adding new mixed-use center districts (one for each center) that incorporate form-based
design regulations.

B. Adding new overlay districts that apply form-based design regulations to existing or new
residential or educational zoning districts.

C. Changing the boundaries of existing zoning districts in ways which enhance the village
centers, improve protections for existing historic and environmental resources, and correct
longstanding problems.

The new form-based design regulations created under Articles 24 and 25 will apply only to the new form-based zoning districts and to those existing districts where a new overlay district is being added.

To view the entire amendment in one document, click here (NOTE: this is a very large file and may take a few minutes to download)

To view each individual section, please click on the links below:
NOTE: the following are the proposed amendments to the existing Zoning Bylaw:
NOTE: the following are the proposed amendments to the Official Zoning Map:

Atkins Corners
North Amherst
Supplementary Information regarding the Village Center Rezoning: