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Framingham Town Meeting delays action on Eastleigh Farm bylaw

Dairy cows at Framingham's Eastleigh Farm, whose owner  is trying to avoid foreclosure.
Dairy cows at Framingham's Eastleigh Farm, whose owner is trying to avoid foreclosure.Credit: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File 2011

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Framingham’s Town Meeting last week delayed action on a proposed agriculture and open space bylaw that Eastleigh Farm owner Doug Stephan was hoping would help him keep the 111-acre farm from foreclosure.

The bylaw would enhance the development value of 30 acres of the farm if Stephan agrees to keep the remaining acreage under an agricultural and open space restriction. Greater density permitted on the 30 acres would have allowed cluster development with more homes and even multifamily units.

Developing a portion of the property would permit Stephan to pay down the mortgage he owes on the property while the rest of the farm would have been protected, some local officials said.

But the proposal was referred back to the Planning Board for clarification.

In the meantime Stephan, who also hosts a local radio show, may have to come up with another way to save his farm and nearby homestead.

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