Telecommunications/Cell Towers

Just before Christmas the N.C. Court of Appeals issued an opinion that illustrates the necessity of presenting facts to support your case when the board is considering a special or conditional use permit.  Opinions, speculations, conjectures and surmises, the Court properly reminds us, are not evidence.

In Blair Investments, LLC v. Roanoke Rapids, the

            Law is not unlike archery.  You can hit the bullseye, the third ring, or miss the target altogether.  In my recent post on the Morrisville cell tower case (American Tower v. Town of Morrisville) I thought I had hit the bullseye.

             Subsequently, comments from and discussion with members of the land use bar

            A recent Court of Appeals opinion, American Towers v. Town of Morrisville, simultaneously provides a good road map for interpreting evidence in quasi-judicial proceedings, shows how utterly maddening it can be to practice before local government boards, and illustrates how difficult-to-meet standards can be made impossible-to-meet when interpreted by boards and courts.

             Before we visit

            For more than 15 years I’ve advocated for various carriers and cell tower companies so that their customers can text their boyfriends, call their offices or surf the internet.  Until now, however, I never appreciated what a cellular infrastructure does for democracy.

             In today’s New York Times, researchers with Rand Corporation editorialize (“Can You Hear

This 195' stealth tower (disguised as a flag pole), appears shorter than the 90' billboard in the foreground.

            It depends.

             Measured height is a constant.  A 120’ telecommunications tower, as measured from its base to its top, is always 120’ tall.

             But the relevant issue presented to elected officials, neighbors

This morning I attended the quarterly meeting of the Carolina Wireless Association in Charlotte.  Rob Dawson, Vice-President of TESSCO Technologies, gave a fast-paced presentation on the impact of wireless communication on the existing telecommunications infrastructure.  The following bullet points are from my notes taken during Mr. Dawson’s presentation:

  • The US population is 300 million and