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. 


* Mr. Judge, Ms. O'Meara and Mr. Simpson served as Associate Members from 2017

Currently 1 vacancy on the ZBA (9/17/2019)

Full Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires 
Mark Parent (Chair) 2013 June 30, 2020
* Steve Judge Appointed as a Full Member, February 2019
June 30, 2022
Thomas Simpson
Appointed as a Full Member, February 2019
June 30, 2021
* Joan O'Meara Appointed as a Full Member, February 2019 June 30, 2022 
       Associate Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires
 Aaron Arcello 2019 June 30, 2020
Tammy Parks 2019 June 30, 2020
Sharon Waldman 2019 June 30, 2020

Town Council Appointed: 5 full Members serve 3 year terms; up to 4 Associate Members serve 1 year terms .