The Amherst Planning Board is responsible for numerous matters related to community planning, development, and land use. The Board conducts studies on land use, including development, housing, transportation, economic development, and zoning.
Planning Board Description and General Information pdf
|Bruce Coldham (Clerk)
|Douglas Marshall (Chair)
|Johanna Neumann (Vice-Chair)
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11-13 East Pleasant Street - Mixed-Use Building proposal
An additional public hearing was also opened on May 5, 2021 for an application (SPR 2021-09) to use the adjacent lot at 15 East Pleasant Street under Section 5.00 of the Zoning Bylaw as an accessory and incidental use to a permitted Principal Use for construction staging and management of the 11 East Pleasant project. Post construction, the site would be stabilized with asphalt surface and fenced (Map 11C, Parcel 275, B-G zoning district).
SPR 2021-07 - Application
SPP 2021-02 - Application
SPR 2021-09 - Application
Civil Engineer Plan
Site Plan Set
Stormwater Management Plan
Construction Logistics Plan
One East Pleasant Street (formerly the Carriage Shops)
The Planning Board has received a Site Plan Review application (SPR2015-00003) for approval of a mixed-use building containing dwelling units in combination with ground floor retail/commercial uses and parking, with 78 apartments on Floors 2 through 5 and a Special Permit Planning application (SPP2015-00001) to modify maximum building coverage (70 to 80%) and maximum height (55' to 60') (Map 11C, Parcel 278. B-G zoning district).
May, 2014- The Planning Board has received a Definitive Subdivision Plan application for a 123 lot subdivision on property owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. with frontage on Henry Street, Market Hills Road and Flat Hills Road in North Amherst.
Retreat Preliminary Documents | Retreat Definitive Documents
Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay DistrictClick here to access information
Click here to view the final report
Housing Market Study (March 2015)
Click here to view the draft report and view maps
Housing Market Study Draft 11-15-13
This is a final DRAFT, intended for public review and comment, and subsequent revision. A joint Planning Board/Housing and Sheltering Committee meeting to review and discuss the draft will be held next Wednesday, November 20 in the Town Room, Town Hall, and members of the public are invited. Written and emailed comments welcomed.
Housing Market Study
(updated June 2013)Preliminary Report and Maps for the Comprehensive Housing Market Study
Click here to view the draft chapters and maps The draft chapters and maps are preliminary and will be reviewed and discussed by the Housing & Sheltering Committee and the Planning Board in June and July. Local residents are encouraged to attend the June 18th meeting to offer comments and to attend these subsequent committee and board meetings to continue to provide feedback.
Preliminary results from that study are set forth in a May 6, 2013 memo from RKG Associates. This memorandum refers to specific housing market segments--groupings of people according to specific demographic characteristics and lifestyle preferences affecting their housing needs and preferences. These groupings were identified and aggregated (and titled) by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). A description of these groupings can be found in the memo.
As part of the Amherst Comprehensive Housing Study, which also includes the recently-completed Housing Production Plan Housing Production Plan, RKG Associates were hired in April 2013 to work with the Planning Board and Housing and Sheltering Committee to undertake a Housing Market Study with the following scope of work:
- A prospective Market Study of market rate housing in Amherst for specific target populations;
- An analysis of the impact of the student rental market on Amherst’s overall housing stock other than group housing, including both single family and multi-unit residences, and;
- A review of existing zoning and general by-laws pertaining to housing, and recommendations regarding currently-proposed and future amendments to said by-laws addressing housing needs in Amherst.