Planning Board

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

Committee Membership

Member Name

Year Appointed

Term Expires

Bruce Coldham (Clerk)
Frederic Hartwell
Jesse Mager
Douglas Marshall (Chair)
Janet McGowan
Johanna Neumann (Vice-Chair)
Karin Winter

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11-13 East Pleasant Street - Mixed-Use Building proposal

On May 5, 2021, the Amherst Planning Board opened public hearings for applications (SPR 2021-07 and SPP 2021-02) received proposing a new Mixed-Use Building to be located at 11-13 East Pleasant Street submitted by Archipelago Investments LLC. The proposed mixed-use building would contain dwelling units in combination with ground floor retail/commercial including approximately 1,300 square feet of retail space, lobby, leasing, fitness, trash area, mechanical space, elevator, parking and 55  apartments under Section 3.325 of the Zoning Bylaw. The Special Permit request is for modification of dimensional requirements for height, side and rear setback under Footnote “a” of Table 3, Section 6 of the Zoning Bylaw (Map 11C, Parcels 276, 277, 309 and 310, B-G zoning district).

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).

Project Documents

SPR 2021-07 - Application
SPP 2021-02 - Application
SPR 2021-09 - Application
Locus Map
Plan Renderings
Architectural Drawings
Civil Engineer Plan
Landscape Plan
Survey Plan
Site Plan Set
Hydrology Maps
Stormwater Management Plan
Construction Logistics Plan
Traffic Study