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July 4, 2013

Londonderry zoners grant variance for home biz

LONDONDERRY — An Arrowhead Drive couple was granted a variance last week for a home occupation, allowing them to set up a workshop business in their basement and garage.

The Zoning Board granted the variance June 19 to Mary Ferris and Martin Meehan, allowing the couple to design and build small craft items and other components at their home.

Items would be sold only at craft fairs and through online transactions, Ferris told zoners. No business or sales would be done at the Arrowhead Drive address.

Ferris said most activity would take place in the home’s basement or garage. There would be no signs, no traffic, nothing saying there was a business at the home.

All work would also take indoors, she said,with no impact on the character of the neighborhood.

“No noise, no sign, no environmental impact,” she said.

Meehan told officials he had done some component design work in the past for the medical industry. If that part of the business ever started to grow again, he said, the couple would find a regular business location away from their home.

Right now, it’s only Ferris and Meehan handling the work; there would be no additional employees working with them.

Zoning Board member James Totten mentioned that maybe hours of work at the home could be streamlined so there would be no weekend time spent doing the crafts or metal items.

Other officials said weekends were mostly times when the neighbors would be out doing yard work and mowing. Member Neil Dunn said noise could still be a concern and a soundproofing restriction should be attached to the variance.

No abutters or neighbors came forward to voice any concerns about the home occupation variance.

Zoners unanimously granted the variance with a conditional soundproofing restriction included.

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