Zoning Board of Appeals

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The Zoning Board is a quasi-judicial body that operates under the authority of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Amherst. Section 10.38 of the Amherst Zoning Bylaw also outlines the process and specific findings that must be made for all ZBA Special Permit decisions.

The ZBA holds public hearings and acts on applications for Special Permits, Variances, Appeals of actions of the Building Commissioner, and Comprehensive Permits. Most ZBA hearings are for Special Permit applications for residential or business uses not allowed by right. All meetings and public hearings of the ZBA are open to the public. Hearings are advertised in the local paper and abutters are notified at least 2 weeks in advance of the hearing. 

Full Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires 
 Mark Parent (Chair)  2013  2019
 Keith Langsdale 2015 2018
       Associate Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires
 Joan O' Meara  2017  2018
 Thomas Simpson  2017  2018
 Steve Judge  2017  2018
 Select Board Appointed: 3 full members serve 3 year terms; 4 Associate Members serve 1 year terms.