Farmstands now permitted

FRANCESTOWN — Residents can now open a farmstand on their property without the need for a special exception from the Planning Board, since the town voted 496 to 61 on Article 8 to amend the zoning ordinance.

“If they’re making it easier to put up a farmstand, I think it’s fabulous,” Monica Harrington of Francestown said in an interview Wednesday. She and her husband, Ben, and have children and a small farm, and plan to use a farmstand to train their children on how to run their own business.

Instead of farmstands being permitted by special exception, they are now defined as a permitted use, provided that certain performance standards are met.

Six other amendments to the zoning ordinance passed without any close votes.

By the end of Tuesday, 1,172 residents were registered voters and 603 of them went out to vote. The rest of Francestown’s articles will be discussed and voted on at Town Meeting on Saturday at the Francestown Elementary School at 10 a.m. Topics up for vote include a $350,000 bond to match grant funding for the restoration of Town Hall and the petitioned article to not allow the town to spend public funds on the maintenance of Cressy Hill Road and/or any bridges located thereon.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232.

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