The Local Historic District Study Committee, established under the provision of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40C and appointed by the Select Board, has proposed that the Dickinson National Historic Register District be included in a local historic district. Local historic districts regulate changes to exterior architectural features visible from a public way and have
the ability to prevent demolitions and inappropriate alterations within a district. After investigating and assessing the historic significance of buildings, structures, features, and context of the neighborhood, the committee prepared a preliminary study report, including draft bylaw and rules and regulations that were submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Amherst Planning Board for their review and recommendations.
Following this review process, the committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Large Activity Room of the Bangs Community Center. The public hearing is a an opportunity to hear from citizens and gather opinions about the proposed district. In order for the district to be adopted, it must be approved by a 2/3 majority vote at Town Meeting.
According to M.G.L. 40C Sec 3, the Local Historic District Study Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Large Activity Room in Bangs Community Center (70 Boltwood Walk) to hear from residents of the proposed district and local citizens about the preliminary study report, districty map and bylaw, and rules and regulations. Comments can be submitted in writing to Nathaniel Malloy, Associate Planner, Town of Amherst, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of documents are available upon request.