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Home machine shop gets green light

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A nearly yearlong public hearing on a home-based machine shop on Shady Lane ended this month when the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a dimensional variance for the shop. At issue in the hearing was whether to allow the shop owners to build a garage within 20 feet of a lot line, which isn’t allowed under the town’s zoning. In its decision, the zoning board noted that the machine shop would not have an adverse visual impact on the surrounding residential neighborhood and would not lower property values.