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Zoning Board of Appeals

Mission Statement

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 267 of the New York State Town Law, the Town of Amherst maintains a Zoning Board of Appeals consisting of five (5) members appointed by the Town Board, each for a term of five (5) years on a staggered basis.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is authorized to grant relief from any provision of the Town of Amherst Zoning Ordinance or any decision of an administrative official charged with the enforcement of that ordinance. In addition, the Board is empowered to grant special use permits in certain instances as spelled out in the Zoning Ordinance. Town Law specifies the grounds and criteria that the Zoning Board of Appeals must use to grant a variance.

For general questions concerning Zoning Board of Appeals actions, please contact the Planning Department.

Supplemental Information

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Jacqualine G. Berger, Councilmember


John Radens (C)  term expires  12/31/2021

Nina Cherian, Esq. (M)  term expires  12/31/2022

Ann M. Nichols, Esq. (M)  term expires  12/31/2023

Kelly J. Philips (M)  term expires  12/31/2025

Ronald Shubert, Esq. (M)  term expires  12/31/2024


(C) Chairperson
(CC) Co-Chairperson
(M) Member
(O) Resource Person
(S) Secretary
(V) Vice Chairperson

Meeting Location

Amherst Municipal Building
5583 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

To verify, please call (716) 631-7013.

Meeting Dates

Tue., January  26, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., February  23, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., March  16, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., April  20, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., May  18, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., June  15, 2021,  06:00 PM

Tue., July  20, 2021,  06:30 PM

Tue., August  17, 2021,  06:30 PM

Tue., September  21, 2021,  06:30 PM

Tue., October  19, 2021,  06:30 PM

Tue., November  16, 2021,  06:30 PM

Tue., December  21, 2021,  06:30 PM

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. Amherst community videos.

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  • General Information:
    (716) 631-7000
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  • Address:
    Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221