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Long-Range Planning /  Capital Improvement Program

What is the CIP?

The Capital Improvement Program is Amherst’s six-year schedule of major capital expenditures. Its purpose is to identify various funding sources so that needed and desired projects can be efficiently completed.

Generally, capital projects are large physical improvements, greater than $100,000 in value and involve either the construction of new facilities or major repairs to existing facilities. Typical examples include roads, sanitary sewers, recreation facilities, water lines, storm sewers, buildings, or land acquisition. The Capital Improvement Program is one of the primary management tools the Town uses to achieve orderly growth that is consistent with the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan and other development goals and objectives.


2020-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Over the past few months, the CIP Review Committee has reviewed project submittals for the 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and has created a Supervisor’s Recommended CIP. The CIP is submitted and approved as part of the overall Town Budget. Two public hearings regarding the CIP will be held before the Town Board on Monday, October 7th, 2019 and Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Town Council Chambers.

Click below to view the Supervisor’s Recommended CIP for 2020-2025.
Supervisor’s Recommended 2020-2025 CIP

Please contact the Planning Department at 631-7051 with questions regarding the CIP or the CIP development process.


2019-2024 Approved CIP

The Town Board held two public hearings on the 2019-2024 CIP and approved it as part of the overall Town Budget on October 29, 2018. Click below to view the Approved 2019-2024 CIP.

Approved 2019-2024 CIP


CIP Review Process

The annual CIP review and approval process provides the Town with an opportunity to evaluate its large capital investments and ensure their consistency with long range development plans.

The preparation of the Capital Program is overseen by the CIP Review Committee, which is chaired by the Town Supervisor and includes the Chair of the Planning Board, Comptroller, Director of Planning, Town Attorney and Town Engineer.

The process includes several review and evaluation meetings where each departmental request is thoroughly analyzed by the CIP Review Committee. The evaluation is based on objective criteria, with the estimated cost of each project compared to its potential benefit to the Town's services, infrastructure, and environment. Priority is given to the most pressing remedial projects and those with the greatest town-wide impact. Priority projects are assigned to a funding year based upon the availability of funding capacity. A public hearing is also held to receive comment on the project submittals.

The CIP Review Committee prepares a recommended Capital Improvement Program for Town Board consideration, which is submitted as part of the Supervisor’s budget.

For projects funded with long-term bonding, the CIP is not the final approval nor does it authorize spending or implement projects. It is a plan that identifies important projects and the funding that should be available over the next six years. As priorities and financial conditions change, the CIP may also change to meet evolving goals and objectives. The Town Board has complete authority to change, add, or delete projects at any time.

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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