Amherst is looking to hire a consultant to help review applications for cell towers and other wireless telecommunications facilities.
The town has issued a request for proposals by June 23 from "qualified firms or individuals" to work on a community Master Plan for telecommunications facilities, drafting ordinances, negotiating wireless lease agreements and reviewing applications.
The Town Board earlier this month directed the Town Attorney's Office to draft a local law imposing a 140-day moratorium on final decisions on all applications. A public hearing on the moratorium and a vote by the board could be held as early as June 19.
The town also agreed to form a Wireless Telecommunications Advisory Committee made up of town officials, residents and industry representatives.
The moves come as proposals for new cell towers, including newer "small cell" systems on utility poles, have raised concerns from residents.