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Natick Town Meeting approves car sales bylaw, paves way for Tesla

Posted by Leslie Anderson  October 22, 2013 04:19 PM

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Natick's Town Meeting has approved a short-term change to town zoning bylaws to allow for limited car sales at the Natick Mall and in the Golden Triangle area -- paving the way for Tesla to sell its automobiles directly to consumers.

The bylaw, as passed on Oct. 17, allows for a “Limited Salesroom for Motor Vehicles”—which is defined as “a retail establishment for the sale of Motor Vehicles with…having no more than four vehicles on site for sale, test driving or display, with no repair services”—provided that a company gets a special permit from the town Planning Board.

Because it involves a change to zoning bylaws, the new bylaw will have to be approved by the state Attorney General before it can take effect.

The new bylaw will offer relief to the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, who had previously been granted temporary waiver to sell its cars out of a showroom in the Natick Mall in July.

The company’s attempt to sell cars directly to consumers had rankled many dealers in the state, culminating in a lawsuit by the Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association last fall that was ultimately thrown out of Norfolk Superior Court.

Dan Schneider can be reached at danieljoshuaschneider3@gmail.com.

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