172 State Street, North Amherst (under construction)
One of the advantages of ownership is not so much the ability to do whatever you want with your property -- especially in Amherst -- but certainly the 100% guaranteed right NOT to do something with it.
Like for instance, drilling into bedrock (not the town where the Flintstones resided).
View from State Street (note soundproofing going up)
North Amherst residents around Puffer's Pond are in full attack mode targeting the renovations taking place at 172 State Street, where the new owners (who paid almost twice assessed value) are renovating both the house and barn across the street.
And yes it is a tad noisy, and probably dusty as well. But once the work is done tranquility returns and the new and improved home will be paying considerably more in property taxes.
View from Mill Street
So if you really want to ensure nothing happens next door to you, then simply buy the property ... and do nothing with it. Only don't use taxpayer money.