Master Plan

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Click here to view the current Master Plan report.

“We become what we behold.
We shape our tools and therefore our tools shape us.”
– Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative


The Amherst of today is not the same as it was thirty years ago, and the Amherst that residents will cherish tomorrow will not be the same as it is today. The challenge for any Master Plan, and particularly for this one, is to identify policies and actions for managing the future changes so that unmanaged growth does not destory a community’s heritage.

A Master Plan serves as a guide for development and management of a town. It is developed in consultation with town officials, civic leaders and the citizens. It covers many of the topics for which towns bear some direct or indirect responsibility.

A Master Plan contains information on current conditions, trends and opportunities for future development. It is guided by careful deliberation about appropriate goals for town development, and realistic appraisal of how goals may best be achieved.

Topics covered in a Master Plan include public facilities and services, public utilities, economic development, natural and cultural resources, housing, recreation, historic preservation, land use and transportation. The Plan also contains a program of implementation, identifying the actions and agencies and organizations responsible for carrying out the Plan.

Amherst’s Master Plan was completed and adopted in 2010 and will serve the Town for the next twenty years. For a quick review please see the Ten Key Master Plan Recommendations That Can Shape Amherst’s Future.