Last week, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a request from Verizon Wireless to construct a 199-foot-tall monopole on land zoned Agricultural Residential in Arrington, VA, reported The News & Advance. The carrier requested a Class C Tower permit with modifications to current county ordinances. The board of supervisors must approve any Class C Towers, including height modifications, fall area, and the number of antennas.
Of the tower, Supervisor Robert “Skip” Barton said, “I think mostly people want to get cell service…There are those who don’t really want to look at [a tower], and I don’t really want to look at it either, but they want cell service.”
According to Dylan Bishop, the county’s director of planning and zoning, several modifications were approved by the board. The permit allows Verizon to raise the maximum height of the tower from 130 feet to 199-feet, which includes a four-foot lightning rod. It also allows for 18 antennas, double the amount permissible under the current zoning ordinance.
Plus, modifying the fall zone to less than the required 110 percent total tower height was approved. The News & Advance reported that Verizon requested the fall zone be changed to 120 feet from the base of the tower, set back approximately 124 feet from the property line. Bishop said an engineering report provided by Verizon states in the event of a fall, the tower would fall within the 120-foot fall zone.
“It is an area where Verizon’s service is minimal to nonexistent, so this site would substantially improve the coverage for this area,” Valerie Long, a lawyer representing Verizon Wireless, said. “It also will increase the capacity of those sites where there already is coverage.”
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