Zoning Board of Appeals


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.  


Appointed by the Select Board: 3 Full Members / 3-year terms; 4 Associate Members / 1-year term
Full Members Year Appointed Term Expires
Mark Parent (Chair) 2013 2019
Yuri Friman 2016 2019
Keith Langsdale 2015 2018
Associate Members Year Appointed Term Expires
Joan O'Meara 2016 2017
Thomas SImpson 2016 2017
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The following is application information for upcoming projects.  Typically, this information will be posted approximately two weeks prior to a scheduled public hearing and should correspond with the completion of a required two week abutter notification.  Please note that plans and information are subject to change prior to a public hearing and it is the responsibility of an applicant to furnish any revised plans prior to or during a public hearing.