Crowd of 35 at Feb 24 Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Working Group meeting
You can tell by the growing spectator attendence that the SHNWG is getting close to their final draft which will be passed along to Town Manager John Musante, the Amherst Select Board in time for a bylaw proposal to come before Town Meeting, which will only require a majority vote.
And no, that should not take long at all.
But you have to consider this has been in the making since the 1970s when UMass went on a growth spurt and our rental housing stock has never caught up.
Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Working Group ... at work
Unlike the packed meeting earlier in the day over at Echo Village concerning the eviction of low income tenants, a negative offshoot of Amherst's tight rental housing market, this more formal meeting also brought together concerned players: town officials, neighbors, activists, landlords, developers ... but no tenants, student or otherwise.