Cell Tower Application - 2003 Conway Road

This page is for the cell tower proposed for 2003 Conway Road in Ashfield. There is a separate page for the cell tower proposed on Baptist Corner Road.


The Ashfield Planning Board has received an application to build a wireless facility (cell tower) at 2003 Conway Road, Ashfield. The Applicant is New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T Mobility. 

At the Planning Board's April 28 meeting, the Notice of Decision was approved. On April 29, a signed copy of the Notice of Decision was delivered to the Town Clerk. This begins a 20-day appeal period ending Wednesday, May 19. The Notice of Decision can be viewed here. An appeal of the decision was filed before the close of the 20-day window.

On September 28, 2021, AT&T surrendered the Special Permit and any and all rights to construct the cell tower as granted under the Special Permit. Read the document here.


A hearing for this proposal was opened via Zoom/phone at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The official hearing notice is here. The hearing was continued to January 20; February 10; February 17; and March 3. On March 3 the hearing was closed. The "shot clock" was extended to April 30 by agreement between the applicant and Planning Board.

Approved minutes for all Planning Board meetings are here. (Click on the "Planning Board" folder, and then "2021")

Meetings can be accessed with Zoom via the link provided, or by phone (no computer required) by dialing the phone number and entering the Meeting ID.


A "balloon demonstration" was conducted the first two weeks in November in order to provide town residents a meaningful opportunity to assess potential visual impacts of the proposal. Read the full balloon demonstration notice here, noting that weather-related changes to the float dates are indicated below. 

     Sunday, November 1, 2020 (completed)

     Monday, November 2, 2020 (due to weather, completed on Thursday, November 5, 2020)

     Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (completed)

     Saturday, November 7, 2020 (completed)

     Thursday, November 12, 2020 (due to weather, completed on Friday, November 13, 2020)

     Saturday, November 14, 2020 (due to weather, completed on Sunday, November 22, 2020)

The balloon demonstration is completed. Photo simulations based on the balloon float are available in the proposal documents linked at the top of this page.


This page will be updated as information is available. Last updated December 3, 2021.

Questions and comments can be sent to the Planning Board at: planning_brd@ashfield.org

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