This massive 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 placed very near apartments. Current County ordinance requires 60' setbacks from single and duplex residential units, but has just 10' minimum setbacks for cell poles installed on utility poles near apartment buildings.
Last revised: March 6, 2018
This 68' wireless facility with antennas on Brickyard Road was NEVER formally approved to be here. Readthe 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.
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.
The cell pole at right above was one of three installed in 2016 in North Potomac without first completing required conditional use hearings.
Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers
Delegate Dereck Davis, the Chair of the powerful Economic Matters Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates, has introduced a state bill - HB 654 - that would dismantle many local zoning requirements over small cell towers.
That would let Big Wireless bulldoze past any kind of local input when they want to build new small cell towers -- and dismantle the existing standards that Maryland counties and cities have already passed.
We won't let that happen. The delegates from Montgomery County on this committee, including Chair Davis, need to hear that we OPPOSE HB 654, and that our communities deserve to set our own rules on where, when, and if new cell towers are built.
Judith Monroy in her front yard Santa Rosa, CA in January, 2018 with new ground-mounted equipment cabinet, radios bolted to utility pole plus antennas on top (not visible in photo.) Read thefull story here.
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 the safety of all residents.
This is what happens when wireless providers are allowed to install cell poles just 30 feet from residences with NO design requirements to minimize aesthetic impacts.