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Clark statue north of Town HallThe Historic District Commission was formed on May 21, 2012 (Town Meeting, Article 27), following the guidelines of Chapter 40 Sec. C of the Massachusetts General Bylaw.  

The Commission helps in the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics and architecture of buildings and places found within the local historic districts of Amherst.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Review and regulate construction and alterations of any structure of building within the district, with consideration for the distinctive characteristics of each structure, building and landscape.
  • Encourage and support new and innovative building designs and techniques compatible with the existing architecture.
  • Create and amend design guidelines that set forth the designs for certain exterior architectural features that are, in general, suitable for the issuance of a certificate.
  • Undertake educational efforts to explain to the public and property owners the merits and functions of the district.

  • Retain all permanent record of its resolutions, transactions, decisions and determinations.


Year Appointed
Term Expires
Maurianne Adams
Sarah Allaback20152018
Bruce Coldham20172020
Tom Ehrgood, Chair20122018
Jim Lumley2017 2020
Murray Schwartz20122018
Jennifer Taub
2017 2019 

*Appointed by the Select Board: 7 members/ 3-year terms