The Community Development Office is working on the following special projects (scroll down for more information):
Round II Community Planning Grant – 2014 Zoning Changes – NRSP and Historic District Regulations Update – Regulatory Review
Round II Community Planning Grant
In March, 2013, the Town of Amherst and the Planning Board were awarded a grant of $29,300 to combine and update the water resource ordinances with current Best Management Practices for the Watershed Conservation, Wetlands Protection and Aquifer Conservation Districts in order to protect the high quality drinking water and watershed of the Town of Amherst and the Region. The revisions to these ordinances will be an important contribution to protecting the Town’s and Region’s natural resources, while providing clear guidance for land use management and future development of the community.
Based on feedback obtained through public discussions and worksessions, the Wetlands & Watershed Protection Conservation District (WWCD) draft has been finalized. In addition, a draft of the Aquifer Conservation District is under construction with a worksession planned for Wednesday, October 30th at Souhegan High School, Rm 202. The draft revisions and worksession information will be posted here as they become available. There will be additional meetings and revisions based on your feedback, to be ready for public hearings starting December 18th. Keep your eyes out for information on this project.
For more information please contact Sarah Marchant, Community Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 673-6041.
2014 Zoning Changes
Historic District Commission Regulations Revisions
- Granting the waiver would benefit the public interest
- By granting the waiver substantial justice would be done
- Granting the waiver would not be contrary to the spirit and intent of the regulations
- Granting the waiver would not be detrimental to the historic character, environment, scenic value or general welfare of the Town.
Non-Residential Site Plan (NRSP) Regulations Update – Section 11:PWSF
The Planning Board amended the Non-Residential Site Plan Regulations to align with the recent voter approved zoning changes to the Personal Wireless Facilities Ordinance. The ordinance and regulations were updated to comply with 2010 federal rulemakings from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC rulemakings requires the Planning Board to approve applications for Personal Wireless Service Facilities within specified timeframes. If the Board fails to comply with the new FCC rulemakings the applicant is automatically granted the permit, so it is imperative for the Town to adopt the revised regulations to allow the Planning Board sufficient time to review all Personal Wireless Service Facilities prior to building permit issuance.
The Planning Board held a public hearing on the proposed Section 11 updates to the NRSP Regulations at the July 10th meeting. The full text of the changes is available here.
In July, 2012 the Town of Amherst was awarded a grant of $12,500 to conduct a Regulatory Review of the land use related ordinances and regulations to accomplish the first priority action listed in the 2010 Master Plan to: update the zoning ordinance and subdivision and site plan regulations to reflect current practice and to provide clear guidance for land use management.
The Regulatory Review has been completed and was accepted by the Planning Board at their April 17, 2013 public meeting.