The Historic District Commission currently consists of five members and five alternates, all of whom are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. In addition, there is one ex-officio voting member each from the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board. The Commission meets the third Thursday of every month and is charged by ordinance with the responsibility of reviewing all applications for Certificates of Approval for exterior alterations to buildings and settings within the Historic District. Applications to be reviewed by the Commission are due in the Zoning Office at the close of business 21 days prior to the meeting. This allows the agenda to be posted here, as well as notification of abutters.
|The second meetinghouse,
now the Congregational Church
In early 1991, Historic District Commission “Regulations” (i.e., design guidelines) were completed, reviewed by town counsel, and placed in the Town Library along with reference material the Commission used in drawing up the Regulations. The reference material includes the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard’s for Rehabilitation – Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Copies of the Regulations are available in the Community Development Office. In addition, The Villagers, a local chapter of Questers, has evaluated the Town Library’s holdings of preservation and restoration books, created a list of additional books, and raised the funds to purchase and provide a well-rounded set of reference materials for the historic homeowner contemplating renovations. The Historic District Commission encourages all homeowners to avail themselves of these excellent resources.
Recently, in addition to the typical applications on fencing, windows, etc., the Commission has also reviewed applications on siding removal, tree removal, preservation of historic windows, and driveway materials. A particular challenge has been for the Commission to balance the desires of homeowners to expand their residences versus the goal of maintaining the historic character of the village.
Historic District Commission meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. Applications to the Commission are due no later than 21 days prior to a meeting.
For more information please contact the Community Development Office at 673-6041 x206 or Jamie Ramsay, Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current members of the Amherst Historic District Commission are listed below.
Jamie Ramsay, Chairman 2015
Tracy Veillette, Vice Chair 2017
Sue Clark, Secretary 2016
Thomas Grella, Ex Officio
Sally Wilkins, Planning Board Representative
Doug Chabinsky, Member 2015
Bruce Fraser, Member 2017
Christopher Hall, Alternate 2016
Kathryn Kennedy, Alternate, 2016
Larry McCoy, Alternate, 2016
Jeanne Rosenblatt, Alternate, 2016
Helen Rowe, Member 2017