Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers

This 57' cell pole installed in 2017 sits just 27' away from a four-story apartment block in Langley Park. It is one of three large cell poles within 900' radius that are sited very near apartments. Current County ordinance requires 60' setbacks from single and duplex residential units, but has NO minimum setbacks for cellpoles installed on utility poles near apartment buildings.

Langley Park

This cell pole installed in 2011 along  Norbeck Road was supposed to be on opposite side of street within the utility distribution lines, but was moved. It is one of three cell poles in Norbeck area north of the ICC that were NEVER formally approved for their current sites. 

Updated on March 20, 2018

North potomac

strategic planning


MC4T is fighting for fair, transparent and accurate regulation of cell poles and cell towers to minimize adverse impacts to surrounding land uses, respect the harmony and aesthetic character of our communities, and protect the health and saftety of all residents. Join us!

Every cell pole has a story

Last revised: March 6, 2018

First Posted March 4, 2018

This 68' pole with antennas on Brickyard Road was NEVER formally approved to be here. Read the story (see page 15) on how on the County allowed this and four other cellpoles in Potomac to be  moved to "adjacent sites" in 2011 without public notice or public input.

The cell pole at right above was one of three installed in 2016 in North Potomac without first completing requred conditional use hearings. 

 SEE DETAILS BELOW: PUBLIC HEARING for Zoning Text Amendment RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @7:30pm

​​​​Don’t Let Antennas and Cell Poles Ruin Our Neighborhoods!
Fight to keep all residents, homes and neighborhoods protected.

Please attend the Public Hearing on Tuesday night, April 3rd. (The original hearing set for Tuesday, March 20 was postponed because of inclement weather.) We need you to be there to tell our Council Members that Montgomery County must put residents and our neighborhoods first.

Your participation was so important to our success in 2016, when we said NO to the County’s last Towers & Antennas Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA 16-05).

Unfortunately, the County has returned, this time with ZTA 18-02. And just like its predecessor, this ZTA was designed with and for the wireless industry, and not with or for residents).

We need your voice to be heard LOUD and CLEAR, if we are to beat back ZTA 18-02, a bill that threatens to erode protections for our safety, neighborhood aesthetics, and property values.

We DO want a ZTA, but
NOTthis ZTA 18-02!

  • We want a ZTA that will not sacrifice our safety, neighborhood aesthetics, or property values;
  • We want a ZTA that will ensure transparency, proper notice of proposed facilities, and fair and proper consideration of our concerns in the review process;
  • We want a ZTA that protects ALL residents, regardless of:
  •       what part of the County they live in,
  •       whether their utilities are above ground or underground, and
  •       the type of dwelling they have;

Sure, a ZTA must accommodate the rights of the industry to provide wireless services...

But, we want a better ZTA; one that protects our rights, too – and requires wireless facilities to have the least possible adverse impacts on our neighborhoods! 

Please join your neighbors and friends at 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 to tell the County Council that you OPPOSE Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 18-02.

     3rd Floor Hearing Room
     100 Maryland Avenue
     Rockville, MD 20850

Free Parking is available after 6:00pm in the Council Office Building (COB) Garage.  Entrance is on E. Jefferson St. (Rt. 28) on the right just before intersection at Monroe Street.

This will likely be the ONLY public hearing on ZTA 18-02, so PLEASE attend!

Be sure to alert your friends and neighbors – and pass along this information.

A total of 31 speakers were signed up for the hearing originally scheduled for March 20th. Any, others signing up to speak will be placed on "waiting list."  You can sign up for the waiting list here

​You can also provide written comments regarding ZTA 18-02 by email to: or
by US Mail to: Council President, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.  Please submit written comments at least two days in advance of the public hearing so they will be included with the official record, and to be sure your written comments are shared in advance with all Councilmembers.

Please let us know if you are attending. We need a head count for the April 3rd hearing. And, we'd greatly appreciate your advance commitment to attend. Please RSVP to and let us know you WILL be there on April 3rd. 

Contact us with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you  at 7:30PM on Tuesday, April 3rd  in Rockville!