Zoning Board of Adjustment Vacancies

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is an elected board that grants variances, special exceptions and equitable waivers and hears appeals of staff determinations of the applicability of the Zoning Ordinance.

The Board is seeking interested individuals to be appointed to fill the following vacancies:

  • One full member to serve until the next regular municipal election (March 2016), at which time a successor will be elected to fill the remainder of the term (expiring in 2017)
  • One alternate member to serve a three year term (2015-2018).

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Colleen Mailloux, Community Development Director, at cmailloux@amherstnh.gov.

For more information on the ZBA role and responsibilities, please visit the Board’s website or review the Zoning Board of Adjustment Handbook for Local Officials, a document produced by the NH Office of Energy and Planning.

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Upcoming Eversource Transmission Line Work

In the coming weeks, Eversource and its contractors will begin work on a transmission line (referred to as the 367 line) in existing right-of-way between Amherst and Fitzwilliam substations.  This work is being done as part of a System Resiliency Program, a program being undertaken to upgrade and strengthen its infrastructure across the state in order to reduce the possibility of service interruptions, especially during severe weather.  The contractors hired by Eversource to perform this work are Harlen Electric Construction, JCR Construction Co., Tighe & Bond and Northern Land Clearing.

The System Resiliency Program focuses on structural hardening which may include the installation of structures, cross arms and/or structure hardware.  Other activities associated with this work may include removing brush and tall vegetation, mowing, making improvements to existing access roads, installing timber mats, building construction pads to support heavy equipment, and restoring the disturbed area.

Eversource anticipates that the work along the 367 line will begin in late July and continue through the fall.  The work is not expected to interrupt electric service to homes or businesses in  your community.  Typically, Eversource contractors will work Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and should not be more than 3-5 days at a single location. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Abutters along existing right-of-way in Amherst, in the vicinity of Hollis Road and Golden Pond Road, have been notified of the planned work.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“Tennessee”)

Since Kinder Morgan announced a change in December 2014 to the route of it’s proposed NED pipeline that included approximately 71 miles through New Hampshire and about four miles through Amherst , the Amherst Board of Selectmen has been gathering information about the pipeline proposal. Thanks to several months of working with the Amherst Conservation Commission (ACC) and with the assistance of the Amherst Pipeline Task Force, the Selectmen have gained a better understanding of the issues related to the proposed pipeline.

Reflecting our improved understanding, the Selectmen sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March of 2015 objecting to the route proposed through Amherst.  These objections drew heavily on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment prepared by the ACC.  Based on our letter, Kinder Morgan is working with the Pipeline Task Force to try and find a less intrusive and disruptive route through Amherst, should the NED pipeline pass through the town.

In June, 2015,  the Selectmen sent a second letter to the FERC questioning the need for the NED pipeline — especially the need in New Hampshire — and also questioning the legal basis for moving ~71 miles of the proposed route for this pipeline from Massachusetts, which may need the gas to be supplied by this pipeline, to New Hampshire, which does not appear to need it.

Because of the possibility that other New England states, e.g. Massachusetts, may need the gas to be supplied by the proposed pipeline, the Amherst Selectmen have not taken a position for or against the pipeline itself.

We will continue to gather information, meet with Kinder Morgan, with other towns, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, our State representatives and also our Federal representatives to try and understand what options exist and to make sure that if a pipeline is built in Amherst, it is done in a way that is best for the town of Amherst.

Please review the schedule provided under Upcoming meetings or events to find opportunities to learn more and contribute your views.. We would encourage interested citizens to attend and speak at open houses, scoping meetings, and public hearings.

Below please find information that has been gathered thus far:

Letter to Amherst N.H. Citizens Re: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

From the Amherst Board of Selectmen:

Upcoming meetings or events:

Past Meetings or Events:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – Pipeline Taskforce Meeting with Kinder Mogan Representatives – Meeting Minutes (added 9-18-2015)

Thursday, July 30, 2015- FERC Scoping Meeting, Milford Town Hall – Meeting Video

Tuesday, June 30, 2015- Pipeline Taskforce Meeting with Kinder Morgan Representatives – Meeting Materials (added 7-7-2015)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Pipeline Taskforce Meeting with Kinder Morgan Representatives – Letter to FERC & Meeting Materials (added 5-4-2015)

March 23, 2015 – Board of Selectmen Public Meeting with Kinder Morgan

Pipeline Taskforce Working Papers:

Kinder Morgan:

Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Information:

Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Maps:

Recent News Articles

Guidance on Negotiating Easements versus Eminent Domain

Other Organizations / Sources of Information

Additional Information Links:

Town of Amherst Pipeline Committees & Subcommittees


Lucas S. Meyer Consultant, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.

603.568.2511 (cell)


www.kindermorgan.com (website)


Allen Fore Vice President, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.

8 Anngina Dr. Enfield, CT 06082

630.725.3044 (office)

www.kindermorgan.com (website)


For additional questions that cannot be answered by the links provided above or for suggestions on new informational links, please e-mail: pipelinequestions@amherstnh.gov


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Updated 2015 Tax Maps are available

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Town Hall Closed – Monday October 12, 2015

The Amherst Town Hall will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 – Columbus Day.

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Supervisors of the Checklist session, October 30, 2015



The Amherst Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Amherst Town Hall on Friday, October 30, between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This will be the last time currently registered voters may change their party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary, the date of which is still uncertain.  New voters are welcome to register at the Town Hall up until 10 days prior to Election Day or at the polls on Election Day.

Please address any questions about voter registration and absentee ballots to the Town Clerk by calling 673-6041 Ext. 203.

If you’re unsure of your current voter registration status, you may go online to check it at:  http://app.sos.nh.gov

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Assessing Department, Requests for Proposal



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Employment Opportunity: PMEC Coordinator

PMEC Coordinator position available

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