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Town Board Meeting Videos

The video of the Town Board meeting from Wednesday March 25, 2020 has been uploaded to the Town website and is now available for viewing. Please click the link below to view this and other Town Board agendas, minutes, and meeting videos.

Erie County, NY Department of Health: Coronavirus Information


All Town of Amherst Board and Committee meetings (with the exception of the Town Board) will be cancelled for 30 days through April 14, 2020 or until further notice. In addition, Amherst Town Hall at 5583 Main Street is closed to the public and public access will be by appointment only.

  • Town Clerk: 716-631-7021 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (until further notice)
  • Assessor: 716-631-7038
  • Building Department: 716-631-7080
  • Planning Department: 716-631-7051
  • Purchasing/Contracts: 716-631-7007
  • Bids: 716-631-7007
  • Human Resources: 716-631-7025

For all other appointment requests, please call 716-631-7013 or 716-631-7032.

Town of Amherst Courts and Village of Williamsville Courts

All non-essential Town and Village of Williamsville court functions have been POSTPONED and all Town and Village Court buildings are CLOSED. Please see this Press Release for details

Bid Openings

Town of Amherst bid openings will be live streamed and recorded. The public will not be allowed to attend bid openings in person. Please see the links below for either the live stream or recordings. All bids are due according to their published times. The bid openings for Tue., March 23, 2020 will begin at 12:30 PM.

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Amherst Schools & Education

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Current Planning /  Subdivision Regulations

Revised Subdivision Regulations

Project Status

On February 2, 2009, the Town Board passed a resolution to adopt revised Subdivision Regulations. These became effective 60 days from the date of the Town Board resolution, on April 3, 2009.

Please note that the “Town of Amherst Details and Specifications” referenced in the regulations will be made available online. They are also available from the Town of Amherst Engineering Department.

Please contact the Planning Department with any questions at (716) 631-7051.

Revised Subdivision Regulations

Details and Specifications (forthcoming)


Following completion of the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan, the Town initiated a review of its development regulations, including the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations. The goals of this review were to:

  • bring the codes up to contemporary standards;
  • incorporate provisions to help implement the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • increase the user-friendliness of the documents; and
  • revise ineffective or inefficient provisions.

A revised Zoning Code was adopted in May 2006.

Draft Subdivision Regulations have been prepared, reviewed, and are now undergoing public review. The following summarizes the major changes incorporated in the Draft Subdivision Regulations:

  • A series of document improvements were made, similar to those in the recently revised Zoning Ordinance, including: addition of graphics and tables, reorganization, and improved page layout design
  • Revised and updated definitions
  • Updated general street design guidelines to encourage connectivity, traffic calming, and access management measures
  • Updated geometric and pavement standards and graphics to reflect NYS Department of Transportation standards, as well as provide for additional roadway features, such as medians, parking lanes, and bike lanes
  • Three new street types – minor arterials, narrow residential streets, and alleys – were added to reflect the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Added street connectivity requirements for subdivisions of 30 lots or more
  • Revised standards for cul-de-sac streets, including new standards for cul-de-sac islands
  • Added standards for rural residential subdivisions, riparian buffers, and the dedication of open space in cluster subdivisions
  • Deleted Appendices A through D of the Residential Subdivision Street Specifications, to be included in a separate design manual
  • Clarified subdivision application requirements and procedures, review and approval authority, and enforcement procedures and penalties

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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