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The legislative body of the Town of Amherst is a Representative Town Meeting, consisting of 240 elected Town Meeting members, 24 from each of 10 precincts plus 14 ex officio members: the five members of the Select Board, the five members of the School Committee, the President of the Library Trustees, the Chair of the Finance Committee, the Moderator, and the Town Manager. The Annual Town Meeting usually begins in late April or early May.

Town Meeting Moderator: Jim Pistrang Email

Membership: Alphabetically (PDF)
                          By Precinct (PDF)
                          March 25, 2014 Unofficial Results

Town Meeting Coordinating Committee (TMCC)             

Upcoming Events -  Important Town Meeting-Related Dates

 •  New! Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm - TMCC / LWV Warrant Review in the Town Room at Town Hall. See flyer.
 •  April 15 at noon - Deadline for receipt of material for the second mailing to Town Meeting members.
 •  New! Precinct Meetings are a good way to get to know your Town Meeting representatives. At a Precinct Meeting, Town Meeting members and the public gather to learn about and discuss the articles to be decided at Town Meeting. You can attend any of the Precinct Meetings regardless of where you live in town. TM members should bring their copies of the warrant and other article information they receive in the mailing. These documents are also available below.  The Precinct Meetings will be held at the below times. For more information visit www.amherstma.gov/precinctmeetings
         Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 pm, Police Station Community Room – Precincts 5, 6 & 9 - Central Amherst
         Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Munson Library – Precincts 7 & 8 - South Amherst
         Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish House Parlor, 867 N Pleasant Street – Precincts 1, 2 & 3 - North Amherst
         Saturday, April 26, 2:00 pm, Police Station Community Room – Precincts 4 & 10 - Central Amherst
 •  New! Sunday, April 27 2:00-4:00 pm - TMCC Bus Tour for Town Meeting members. Arrive in the Middle School Parking Lot by 1:45 as the bus leaves promptly at 2:00. Seating is limited. See flyer for more information.
 •  New! Monday April 28 at 6:00 pm - Orientation for newly elected Town Meeting members in the Bridges Room in the Middle School. Look for signs in the Main Entrance. See flyer for more information.
 •  Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Annual Town Meeting begins in the Middle School Auditorium. Additional 
  sessions, if needed, are reserved for April 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 28, June 2, 9, and 11, 2014.

For Recent Events see the TMCC Events Page.


Related Information 
Town Meeting Listserv: The Town Meeting Coordinating Committee sponsors an informational listserv for Town Meeting Members. To join send an email with your name, email address, and precinct number to .
Preparing for Town Meeting (PDF)
TMCC Guidelines for Visual Presentations at Town Meeting (PDF)
Rules for Speaking at Amherst Town Meeting (PDF)
Moderator's Frequently Asked Questions for Town Meeting (PDF)
TMCC Zoning Primer booklet (PDF)
General Town Meeting Information Page
Town Meeting Handbook by the Amherst League of Women Voters (external link)
Contact Town Meeting Members
- See LWV site for phone numbers (external link)
Archive of of past Town Meeting Warrants and Results (prior to Fall 2013)
Amherst Town Government Act and General Bylaws
FY15 Budget Page
Zoning Map and Bylaw

2014 Annual Town Meeting
Warrant | Unofficial Results | Attendance
(All in PDF Format)

Other Related Information:

New! Articles 14-17 FY15 Joint Capital Planning Committee Report
Article 20 - Community Preservation Act Committee Report to 2014 Annual Town Meeting for FY2015
New! Article 20B - Letters Belchertown Road Acquisition
New! Articles 24-28 HSC Memo to SB and TM re 2014 Zoning Articles
New! Articles 37, 39, 40, 41 HSC Memo to SB and TM re 2014 Petitions

Maps, Photos, and Diagrams:

Planning Board Reports to Town Meeting: (See also Presentations below)
New! Article 24 - Inclusionary Zoning
New! Article 25 - Atkins Corner Rezoning
New! Article 27 - Accessory Home Business Uses
New! Article 29 - 284 North Pleasant Covenant - PB
New! Article 30 - 284 North Pleasant Covenant - Ewert

Presentations to Town Meeting:


March 19, 2014 Special Town Meeting (Concluded)
Warrant | Results | Attendance  (All in PDF Format)

Other Related Information:
Motion Sheet
Finance Committee Report on Article 1
Select Board Position Statement
Town Manager memo re Questions re $15 Minimum Wage Petition Article

Presentations to Town Meeting:
Amherst Employers and Number of Employees - Steinberg

2013 Fall Special Town Meeting (concluded on November 6, 2013) (All in PDF Format)
Warrant |  Unofficial ResultsAttendance

All Tally Votes are listed in one document: Tally Vote Totals 2013 Fall Special Town Meeting

Other Related Information:
Motion Sheet
Finance Committee Report to Town Meeting
FY13 Municipal Budget/Actual Reports for Quarter and FY Ending June 30, 2013

Town Clerk's Notice of Annual Town Meeting
Town Clerk's Notice about Check-in Procedures
Select Board Recommendations - Fall 2013 STM
Article 10 Watershed Land Acquisition Amherst
Article 10 Watershed Additional Information

Article 11 Community Preservation Act Report on Saul Property
Article 11 Grow Food Amherst Supports Article 11 

Article 12 Acquisition of Easements – Pomeroy Lane and West Street Intersection
Article 19 Vote Yes - M. Perot
Article 20 Divestment from Fossil Fuels - Swift

Maps, Photos, and Diagrams:
Article 10 Atkins Reservoir Watershed Map - Stein & Mooring
Article 11 Saul Property GIS Map - Ziomek
Article 11 Saul Property Potential Layout - Ziomek
Article 12 Pomeroy West St Intersection Map - Mooring
Article 14 Map of Areas Where Non-Owner Occupied Duplexes Would Be Allowed - J. Keller (Coming soon)

Planning Board Reports to Town Meeting: (See also Presentations below)
Article 13 Medical Marijuana Uses 
Article 14 Affordable Duplexes
Article 15 R-F Dimensions
Article 16 Permit Granting Bodies and Signs
Article 17 Dimensional Interpretation
Article 18 Mixed Use Buildings  
Article 19 Mixed-Use Buildings Petition

Presentations to Town Meeting: (See also Maps, Photos, Diagrams above)
Article 1 Finance Committee Additional Information - A. Steinberg
Article 5B Reserves as a Percentage of General Fund Budget - K. Moran
Article 6 Town Hall Exterior Repairs Costs - K. Moran
Article 6 CPA Funding for Town Hall Restoration - Pooler
Article 13 Medical Marijuana Uses - Carson
Article 20 Divestment of Funds from Fossil Fuel Companies - Swift

Town Meeting Archive – Past Town Meeting Warrants, Results and Related Information 

Questions? Contact:
Select Board Office
4 Boltwood Avenue
Email | 413-259-3001

Page last updated April 8, 2014