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.
Overview The Amherst Planning and Zoning Departments help to protect and enhance the environmental, economic and social quality of life in Amherst, for its residents and visitors, by creating and implementing appropriate planning initiatives and regulatory mechanisms for the preservation and protection of the Town.
Smart Growth (40R Overlay) District
Chapter 40R, or the Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District Act, encourages communities to create mixed-income residential or mixed-use zoning districts in select locations where development at certain densities occurs either as-of-right or through a plan review process. Learn More Here
On February 3, 2010, the Amherst Planning Board voted to formallly adopt the town's Master Plan! Congratulations to all of those who worked on the creation of this document. More Information...
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