Zoning Board of Appeals

  1. Overview
  2. Resources

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 Gilbert 2021 2025
* Steve Judge, Chair 2019 2025
Dillon Maxfield 2020 2023
Craig Meadows 2021  2024
Tammy Parks 2020 2023
       Associate Members  Year Appointed  Term Expires
Eric Cochrane 2021 2023
Sarah Marshall 2022 2023
Karin Winter 2021 2023

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.