Design Review Board

Overview 
The Design Review Board (DRB) and its accompanying zoning regulations were created by Town Meeting in October 1983.  The charge and purpose of the Design Review Board under Section 3.2 of the Zoning Bylaw: 

         ... is to preserve and enhance the Town's cultural, economic and historical resources
         by providing for a detailed review of all changes in land use, the appearance of      
         structures and  the appearance of sites which may affect these resources.


The DRB exercises this responsibility by providing design review and recommendations to private applicants and permit granting boards within specific overlay zoning districts in the Town Center--the Design Review (DR) overlay district and the Town Common Design Review (TCDR) overlay district.  Design Review is also provided for Town departments and permit granting boards with respect to Town projects anywhere in Amherst “which will result in substantial alteration to the form or appearance of a structure or site.”
Members Year Appointed Term Expiration
Derek Noble 2010 2016
Catherine Porter 2015 2018
Jonathan Salvon, Chair 2015 2018
Janet Marquardt, Historical Commission Rep 2016 2019
Michael Birtwhistle, Planning Board Rep 2016 2019