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Spring 2013 Town Meeting concludes

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Amherst's Spring 2013 Town Meeting concluded after its ninth session on Monday, June 10, extending beyond its customary 10PM deadline to consider four final petition articles, wrapping up close to 11PM.

The final session produced three tally votes on zoning articles. Bucking the trend of recent years, the Spring Town Meeting finished up with a total of ten tally votes, the most since the 20 tally votes in the spring of 2007.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the tally vote results, along with attendance records for all nine sessions of the Spring Town Meeting. Click the links below to see the results from each of the tally votes, or use the "Go to the database" button at the top of the page to access the full database search screen.

5/15/13 - Article 26 - Appropriate $30K for Town-Gown planning study
        (Passed - 122 YES, 46 NO)


5/20/13 - Article 29 - Substitute petition article paragraphs into rental regulations
        (Failed - 74 YES, 116 NO)


5/22/13 - Article 36 - Rezone property on Main St from R-G to B-N
        (Passed - 120 YES, 55 NO)


5/29/13 - Article 42 - Acquire Echo Village property - motion to refer
        (Passed - 95 YES, 93 NO)


6/3/13 - Article 43 - Acquire Cushman property - motion to dismiss
        (Passed - 98 YES, 90 NO)


6/3/13 - Article 31 - Change standards and conditions for mixed-use buildings - motion to refer
        (Failed - 82 YES, 94 NO)


6/3/13 - Article 31 - Change standards and conditions for mixed-use buildings
        (Passed - 119 YES, 56 NO)


6/10/13 - Article 32 - Change dimensional regulations for COM and B-L districts
        (Failed - 110 YES, 67 NO)


6/10/13 - Article 32 - Change dimensional regulations for B-VC and B-G districts
        (Passed - 121 YES, 53 NO)


6/10/13 - Article 35 - Create form-based dimensional regulations for non-conforming lots
        (Passed - 107 YES, 49 NO)



All Spring 2013 tally vote results

The nine sessions of this spring's Town Meeting was longer than seen in recent years, but not as long as the stretch from 2005 through 2008, which saw spring Town Meetings over ten nights long every year.



Overall attendance was 75.4%, down slightly from the record high in 2012, but still higher than the recent average of 72.4%.



Attendance varied from a high of 83.3% on the first night to a low of 69.7% on May 15.

First Seven Spring 2013 Tally Votes

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Fall 2012 Town Meeting concludes

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Amherst's Fall 2012 Special Town Meeting concluded after its third session on Wednesday, November 28.  Average attendance during the three nights of this Town Meeting was 71.6%, the highest attendance at a fall Town Meeting in the past six years.

The final session produced a tally vote on Article 16, a citizen petition article that would have amended the zoning bylaw to require that all conversions to duplexes be regulated under the "Converted Dwellings" section of the zoning bylaw.  The article failed by a vote of 99 YES, 56 NO (changes to the zoning bylaw require a two-thirds majority in order to pass).

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the tally vote results, along with attendance records for all three sessions of the Fall Town Meeting.  Click the links below to see the results from each of the tally votes, or use the "Go to the database" button at the top of the page to access the full database search screen.

Fall 2012 Town Meeting under way

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Amherst's Fall 2012 Town Meeting began on Monday, November 19 and continued the following Monday, November 26.  The second session produced a single tally vote on a zoning article that would have added a new use category for single-family homes rented to unrelated individuals, and regulated this use by Special Permit.  The article failed by a vote of 69 YES, 102 NO.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the results of this vote, along with attendance records from the first two sessions of the meeting.

Article 17 tally vote posted

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Amherst's Spring 2012 Town Meeting continued into its sixth night on May 16, with a tally vote on the capital budget for buildings and facilities under Article 17.  Two amendments were made to reduce the appropriation, but the original (unamended) amount was passed.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the results of this vote along with attendance records from the first six sessions of the meeting.


Spring 2012 Tally votes

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Amherst's 2012 Annual Town Meeting is underway, with four tally votes so far, two on the budget for community services and two on village center rezoning efforts in North Amherst and Atkins Corners.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the results of these votes, along with attendance records from the first five sessions of the meeting.





Candidates for 2012 Town Election now available

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The nomination deadline for the 2012 Annual Town Election was Tuesday, February 14, 2012, and nominations are now closed.  The database has been updated with candidates for all townwide offices, along with candidates for Town Meeting in each precinct.  You can examine voting records for the candidates in any specific townwide or precinct-level race.

The Town of Amherst changed its precinct boundaries in the spring of 2012 after data from the 2010 federal census became available.  As a result, all Town Meeting seats in all precincts are vacated, and all 24 seats in each precinct are up for election in 2012.  The eight highest vote-getters in each precinct will receive three-year seats, the next eight will receive two-year seats, and the next eight will receive one-year seats.

Links for Town Meeting candidates in each precinct are shown below, along with links for each townwide office.  For more details, go to the main database selection page or the 2012 election page.


2011 Fall Town Meeting concludes

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Amherst's 2011 Fall Town Meeting concluded on Wednesday, November 18, 2011, on its third night.  The only article considered that night was Article 17, a proposal for village center rezoning in North Amherst and Atkins Corners, including the creation of a form-based code.  The final vote on the article produced the third tally vote of the Fall.  The article failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to pass zoning changes, with a vote tally of 119 YES, 79 NO.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the tally vote results, along with attendance records for all three sessions of the Fall Town Meeting.  Click the links below to see the results from each of the tally votes, or use the "Go to the database" button at the top of the page to access the full database search screen.


Tally vote on Committee on Homelessness resolution

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Amherst's Fall 2011 Town Meeting continued into its second night on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2011, with 147 members present, and a single tally vote.  Article 18 was a non-binding resolution presented by members of the recently-disbanded Committee on Homelessness, seeking to re-establish the committee.  The article failed by a vote of 60 YES, 65 NO.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the results of this vote, along with attendance records from the first two sessions of the meeting.


2011 Fall Town Meeting begins

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Amherst's 2011 Fall Town Meeting began on Monday, November 7, 2011, with a single tally vote on the first night of the meeting.  Article 5 proposed appropriating $40,000 for the purpose of conducting a prospective residential market analysis for housing in Amherst.  The article passed with a vote of 97 YES, 60 NO.

The database at tallyvotes.org has been updated with the results of this vote, along with attendance records from the first session of the meeting.