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Last week, the Albemarle Supervisors took up the topic of changes to its wireless tower policies. Amid a growing number of requests from mobile phone companies for new antennas, coupled with customer demands for higher-bandwidth connections, Albemarle will assess the state of its regulatory process and the impact of wireless towers on the community’s character.
Since 2004, the Supervisors were told that 76 so-called Tier II and Tier III towers had been reviewed. Of those, 2 requests were denied.
Examples of Albemarle's current restrictions on the appearance of a tower include:
- "The approved height shall not be more than seven (7) feet taller than the tallest tree within twenty-five (25) feet of the monopole."
- "Each wood monopole shall be a dark brown natural wood color; each metal or concrete monopole shall be painted a brown wood color to blend into the surrounding trees."
So, what do you think? Do you support Albemarle's efforts to limit the visual impact of cell towers?
Yes, Albemarle should continue to limit the visual impact of cell towers and work with providers to find suitable locations to expand their coverage areas.
No, Albemarle should relax its limits on the visual impact of cell towers to allow for improved wireless service and broadband internet.