Zoning Board of Appeals

  1. Overview
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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 served as an Associate Member from 2017

Full Members Year Appointed Term Expires 
 John Gilbert20212025
* Steve Judge, Chair20192025
Dillon Maxfield20202023
Craig Meadows2021 2024
Tammy Parks20202023
       Associate Members Year Appointed Term Expires
Jordan Helzer20232023
Sarah Marshall20222023
Vincent O'Connor20232023
David Sloviter20232023

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

Interested in serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals? Fill out an online Community Activity Form here.