Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers
Updated October 24, 2018
MC4T is STRONGLY OPPOSED to
Council President Hans Reimer at the request of
County Executive Ike Leggett
introduced ZTA 18-11 on July 27th -
a proposed ordinance to allow faster, easier installation of wireless cell towers
INSIDE residential neighborhoods.
Don’t Let the Council rush through a badly written ordinance that will allow
Antennas and Cell Poles to Ruin Our Neighborhoods!
Fight to keep all residents, homes and neighborhoods protected from big and intrusive cell poles.
You can download .pdf version of proposed ordinance as amended with analyst information from County website here.
Call and write your Councilmembers today.
Urge them to VOTE NO on ZTA 18-11!
Its happening in Montgomery County! This cell pole installed in 2016 is just 37 feet from home in North Potomac - well inside the current minimum 60' required setback. County made NO inspection nor any effort to correct non-conformance. Under ZTA 18-11 a pole this close to residence wouldbe fully legal. No notice. No input.
This is March 2018 photo of cell pole on Glen Road in Potomac. This is one of many "rats nests" in Montgomery County - comprised of exposed wires protruding from multiple equipment cabinets haphazardly bolted to sides of cell poles. County's failure to mandate design standards allows these types of facilities. And, nobody performs inspections! Many hundreds more will soon be allowed under ZTA 18-11 - just 30 feet from front doors.
What ZTA 18-11 Really Means:
Hundreds More Super Tall “Small Cells” inside Neighborhoods
ZTA 18-11 makes it MUCH easier and faster for Big Wireless to deploy microwave transmitters on existing poles just 30 feet -or closer - to the walls of single family and duplex residences. As if it wasn’t easy enough already! (See actual photos below of close proximity cell poles currently installed in residential neighborhoods in Montgomery County.)
For residents in legacy neighborhoods with aboveground utilities “limited use” zoning rules will apply that are VERY unfavorable to residents. "Limited use" means cell pole applications will receive perfunctory reviews and expedited approvals in a matter of days or weeks before construction crews show up.
“Small cells” are NOT small !! Multiple wireless antennas each up to 4 feet tall will be bolted atop existing poles. (e.g. Electric utility distribution poles, light poles, lamp posts and signs)
Catch-22: Under current procedures, residents:
The odds are not in your favor: For neighborhoods with above-ground utilities this ordinance will facilitate rapid installation of hundreds of cell poles that can be just 30-feet from front doors. Under "limited use" rules:
Small Cell permits do NOT expire. Ever. So, these small cells are going be around for a very long time.
And, you are being told by County leaders that this is “progress”!!
Updated: October 24, 2018
Compare this January 2018 photo of botched cell pole installation just 30 feet from house in Santa Rosa, CA to images below from Mongtomery County...