Planning and Zoning

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.

NEW: Beacon Communities 40B Project Eligibility Application is available for review.  click here to view the information.  Please submit your comments by noon (12 PM) on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Land Development Brochure

A Citizen's Guide to the Project Review and Approval Process

Master Plan News

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.
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Example: If you are researching permits, projects, or documents related to “Kendrick Park”, you would type “Kendrick Park” into the search window, click the magnifying glass icon, and then view the search results.