I wasn’t able to go to last week’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, but a write-up in the Metrowest Daily News suggests the board expressed both support and concern over a proposal to return the Capasso Farms property on Framingham Road to a working farm.
The Capasso family is petitioning the ZBA for a use variance to allow two area businessmen to set up what they called a “family farm” on the property that would feature farm animals, a bakery, coffee, penny candy, and produce. A variance is needed because the property is zoned residential and the grandfathered zoning that allowed Capasso Farms and the former Country Gourmet to operate there expired in October.
According to the MWDN, ZBA Chairman Matt Hurley and alternate member David Eagle stated their support for the project, saying it would further the best interests of the town.
But member Leo Bartolini said he was concerned a variance would not hold up under appeal because the family has not demonstrated “hardship,” which is the legal basis for granting a variance.
You can read more about the discussion in this article by the MWDN. The Capasso family will be back before the ZBA at their meeting on January 25.