A resident in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, has spent years trying to win approval for a cell tower to be constructed upon his property. He has been told that his land is zoned residential, although he believes it is agriculturally zoned. The Montgomery Planning Board has requested a presentation from AT&T to go further with the application process. According to The Princeton Packet, the resident, “appeared at the Oct. 3 Township Committee meeting to ask what he has to do to get permission to lease 2,400 square feet of his property to AT&T to ‘erect a much-needed, vital cell tower’ so he and he and his wife and their neighbors would have reliable cell phone coverage available for emergencies.”

If the property owner is able to gain approval for the cell tower, he then needs to make sure he is properly informed and represented prior to signing any agreement with AT&T. Vertical Consultants can work to negotiate terms that establish rights that are beneficial to the landowner while limiting the obligations that same party may have under that same agreement, or more to the point get the most and give up the least. A property owner’s first step will need to be to establish “True Value” of its site and go from there.