The Roanoke County School Board (VA) unanimously gave preliminary approval to Milestone Communications to pursue two tower projects to be built out to a minimum of 100-feet each. One tower is proposed at the high school and the other at the middle school, reported The Roanoke Times. Milestone typically builds towers near athletic fields to blend with light poles.
As part of the approval conditions, Milestone Communications must conduct environmental and historical reviews and soil studies. Plus, they must reach out to the communities near the tower sites, per the Times.
The next step for Milestone is to meet with the Roanoke County planning and zoning staff and apply for a conditional use permit. If approved, the Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. If the supervisors approve the permit, the school board still would decide the ultimate fate of the tower projects, since Milestone needs to lease the property from the school district.
Regarding potential revenue for the school district, Milestone would share 40 percent of its revenue from each tower with the school system. Additionally, the district will receive a $20,000 one-time fee and $5,000 each time a carrier receives permits, according to the Times.
October 30, 2019
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