Mount Airy City Council is considering a proposal to ease cell tower placement regulations within the city. With the growing demand for better mobile service by many residents comes the need to construct cell towers in order to allow for such improvement. This would mean easing the current cell tower proximity regulation for residential zones. According to mtairynews.com, “Under the change, a cell tower could be put near a home at a distance no closer than the height of the tower, plus 50 feet. Developments such as smartphones and 3G and 4G systems have increased demands on network resources, which explains the move to reduce the allowable distance between towers and homes.”
The rise of powerful smart phones in today’s market has created the dependency on more towers, in order to transmit a variety of signals, other than just a voice. Now, people rely on wireless service to conduct online business, check emails, surf the net…you name it. The surge in cell towers has become a norm in today’s society, and is considered much less of an eyesore than it was 15 years ago. This is a sign of the times and an indicator of the growing need for more cell towers so that the population can stay connected and “plugged in”. If you are approached for new cell tower placement, contact the experts at Vertical Consultants. 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.