Athol conducting survey on solar zoning bylaws

  • Thomas Pearson for FPL Thomas Pearson for FPL

Published: 9/1/2019 9:55:08 PM
Modified: 9/1/2019 9:55:06 PM

ATHOL — The citizens of Athol recently voted overwhelmingly for a short-term Moratorium on further development of large ground-mounted commercial solar arrays in town. This Moratorium does not affect residential roof-top solar installations; the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation being developed with the direct involvement of the Town of Athol at the former municipal landfill on West Royalston Road in Athol, or parking lot canopies.

Accordingly, the Athol Board of Planning and Community Development (BPCD) is in the process of reviewing and updating the town’s by-laws governing such installations. To further this effort, the BPCD is undertaking a survey to help understand what our community concerns are in relation to these types of commercial solar arrays. 

All Athol citizens are invited to take a few minutes of their time to complete the survey, and the anonymous answers will greatly assist with this zoning update process. There are 15 questions on the survey. There is also space to comment after each question.

It is asked that completed surveys be sent before Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

Once you have completed the survey, which is available as a hard copy (PDF document) at  you can mail it to: Town of Athol - Eric R. Smith, AICP, Director of Planning and Community Development, 584 Main St., Athol, MA 01331, or use the drop box outside Town Hall. 

Or, if interested, complete an electronic format (Survey Monkey) of the Athol Solar Zoning Survey online via this link:

For more information, contact Eric R. Smith, AICP, Director of Planning and Community Development, (978) 575-0301 or

To learn more and/or participate in the process to update the Athol solar zoning

bylaws, feel free to attend a BPCD meeting. The BPCD meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Athol Town Hall and occasionally holds special meetings on other Wednesdays during the course of a month. Their meeting agendas are posted on the following website:

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