Record date: June 7, 2019
On this week's episode of "Byline with Stan Rosenberg," at 8 p.m. on Channel 17, the leaders of the Amherst's Community Resources Committee https://www.amherstma.gov/3476/Community-Resources-Committee will talk about its role in advising the Town Council on major economic issues. Rosenberg will be joined by CRC chairperson Stephen Schreiber, and vice-chair Dorothy Pam.
The CRC is a five-member standing Town Council subcommittee, which also includes Councilors Sarah Swartz, Patricia De Angelis, and Andy Steinberg. It is charged with making recommendations to the Town Council on planning, zoning, land use, development, and other issues involving Amherst's economic vitality and quality of life. The CRC may also offer recommendations on housing, public ways, parking, and the town's relationships with UMass-Amherst, Amherst College and Hampshire College, or on other matters requested by the Town Council.
This half-hour "Byline" episode will touch on the 10-year-old Amherst Master Plan, along with housing issues such as affordability, cluster zoning, and multi-family housing in village centers.
The needs of residential neighborhoods, and to preserve Amherst's history and culture must be taken into account, Schreiber and Pam have said. Economic development could include light industry and research parks, along with cultural and artistic ventures resulting from public-private partnerships.
Pam served on the ad-hoc committee which created the CRC charge.
The next meeting of the CRC will be on Wednesday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The agenda is here: https://www.amherstma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/11200. One item listed is the 2017 Half Percent for Art Bylaw, which would have dedicated funds from major commercial capital projects to support the arts in Amherst. That bylaw failed to get the needed approval from the Attorney General's Office. A related article is here: https://www.gazettenet.com/Bylaw-for-art-projects-in-Amhers…
Here is a calendar of upcoming municipal meetings in Amherst: https://www.amherstma.gov/Calendar.aspx
Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women Voters
Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for “Byline with Stan Rosenberg,” an issue-oriented local government news program. “Byline” will tackle town, regional and state news topics as Rosenberg interviews players in both town and state government affairs.