Downtown Amherst

7 Priority Issues

While there are many issues, challenges, and opportunities facing Amherst today, we think seven broad goals rise to the top. We work to promote: 

  • Excellent schools and other civic infrastructure

  • A broader tax base to normalize residential property taxes

  • Vibrant downtown and village centers

  • Protected open space

  • Housing affordability for all

  • Robust and inclusive resident participation

  • A long-term, strategic plan for Amherst’s future

We believe that Amherst is generally united on the need to achieve these goals. But to achieve them, we’ll need representatives who are committed to the goals, who can connect the dots to approach them at the systemic level, and who have the collaborative skills to represent their constituents on a well-functioning Council.