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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.
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.
Appeal Process: The applicant shall wait twenty (20) calendar days after the date of Certificate of Approval before commencing work to allow sufficient time for any aggrieved parties to appeal the decision of the Historic District Commission.
Current members of the Amherst Historic District Commission are listed below.
|Jamie Ramsay||Chair (2018)|
|Sue Clark||Secretary (2016)|
|Doug Chabinsky||Member (2018)|
|Bruce Fraser||Member (2017)|
|Helen Rowe||Member (2017)|
|Christopher Hall||Member (2017)|
|Christopher Buchanan||Alternate (2018)|