Innovative ZoningAmherst Village CenterForm-Based Rezoning
Amherst’s Village Center Zoning1974 - Village Center Business (B-VC) District created in response to the‘village center concept’ established in the 1973 Select Committee on Goals(SCOG) community plan. Applied in North Amherst, East Village, andGatehouse Village.1989-1990 - Use of the B-VC District is expanded and a new Village CenterResidence (R-VC) District created as a transitional district—all based on the‘village center concept’. Applied in North Amherst, then Pomeroy Village.1991 – New R-VC zoning is added to East Village.2007 - B-VC and R-VC zoning added to the south end of East Village (Collegeand South East Streets).2010 – Amherst Master Plan adopted with goals and objectives founded onthe ‘village center concept.’ Many zoning amendments before and sincehave been explicitly directed at implementing this goal.
Village Center Planning & Rezoning2011April Stakeholder MeetingsMay On-site Community Design WorkshopsJuly Results & Conceptual Plans PresentedSeptember Draft Plans & Rezoning PresentedOctober 5 & 19 – PB Public Hearings20 - TM Warrant Review presentation27 DHCD FBC presentation (telecast)November 2 – Cecil Group public presentation7 – Fall TM begins16 – Article 17 gets 61% support but fails~ Total 30+ public meetings ~2012January 4 - Zoning Forum (ZSC)18 – Village Center Roundtable (ZSC)Feb. – March Multiple meetings (ZSC & PB)April 4 – PB Public Hearing10 - TM Warrant Review presentation30 – Annual TM beginsMay 9 – Article 24 (Atkins Corners) gets 63%; fails14 – Article 25 (North Amherst) gets 65%; fails~ An additional 12+ public meetings ~
Positive Momentum, But . . .Remaining Obstacles: Student Housing & Behavior Fear of Change = Carts Before Horses~ “Fix and Study Everything Else, First”~ “Prove This Has Worked in an Identical Town”Next Steps: Continuing Revisions:~ Adjust District Boundaries~ Simplify District Configuration—Use Ex. B-VC?~ Add Historic Pres., Green Energy provisions Make Progress on ‘Other” Issues~ Housing Enforcement, Infrastructure, Studies, etc. Decide Which Amendment Goes When~ Fall 2012 STM? Spring 2013 ATM?