4 years ago the folks at Iron Moon Farm in Newbury had the opportunity to supplement the income from their struggling farm by leasing a nearly invisible location to a cell tower operator. The zoning did not apply and so they had to seek a variance from the Town to allow it.
The public was outraged by the intrusion of a cell phone tower in this location. Not that people in Newbury don't use cell phones, of course. I argued at the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing that if folks wanted to keep a working farm alive, they had to help the farm create an additional source of revenue, and this was a no-brainer. People are very shortsighted at times, however, and turned them down. This week I put the farm on the market, most likely to be sold to a developer.
Because of the huge horse barn with an indoor equestrian arena on the property, we may get lucky and end up with a limited development and wonderful equestrian property; there is abutting conservation land and trails, well over 100 acres. But it is such a shame that the NIMBY attitude prevailed, at the expense of the entire community, as well as the expense of the family of the farmer.
We now have a beautiful 16 acre farm for sale for $1,380,000. If you are interested or have any ideas, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.