Amherst Form-based Zoning Code

For Village Centers of North Amherst and Atkins Corner

Amherst, MA

Harriman prepared a new form-based zoning code for the Village Centers of North Amherst and Atkins Corner. The new zoning focuses on the context of the village centers and a connected farmhouse vernacular, and it is a continuation of the Amherst Master Plan.

The form-based code provides a framework to create mixed-use village centers that can serve the needs of the local population, and it includes building and street type standards and guidelines to reinforce the character of these places. The principles and concepts were prepared through a series of public meetings, workshops and presentations
leading up to Town Meeting. As part of the work, Harriman drafted a new zoning article and amendments to fully implement form-based zoning.