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 and Ms. O'Meara served as Associate Members from 2017

Full Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires 
* Steve Judge February 2019 June 30, 2022
Keith Langsdale April 2020 June 30, 2021
Dillon Maxfield April 2020 June 30, 2023
* Joan O'Meara February 2019 June 30, 2022 
Tammy Parks April 2020 June 30, 2023
       Associate Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires
Peter Berek April 2020 June 30, 2021
Robert Greeney April 2020 June 30, 2021
Craig Meadows April 2020 June 30, 2021
Sharon Waldman April 2020 (second term as Associate)  June 30, 2021

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.