I’m concerned that high property taxes make it difficult or impossible for low and moderate income people to rent or own in Amherst. I’m committed to finding ways to broaden our tax base but I won’t pledge to fast-track building proposals on behalf of developers. What I will do is work hard with my colleagues, with input from constituents, to come up with sustainable and equitable solutions – and will make sure we maintain the character of our community.

Affordable Housing

I will work to:

  • increase middle income, family and affordable housing
  • increase housing options for homeless residents
  • lower energy costs through community solar options and energy efficiency for low and moderate income residents

Downtown and Village Center Development

I will work to:

  • support smart, sustainable development consistent with our community values
  • put a moratorium on planning board approvals of downtown building project plans until the new Council has time to decide what zoning bylaw amendments need to be made to maintain the character of Amherst’s historic downtown and sustainability goals
  • review the planning process to empower community voices at key decision points to decide what development we want and what projects don’t meet our standards

Town Buildings

I will work to:

  • prioritize Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools and the Fire Station
  • fully implement the zero energy town building bylaw
  • accelerate local solar development and solar storage, especially on town buildings and parking lots