T-Mobile Monopole on Oakwood Road
& March, recommended for approval: 25-0-1
is proposing to build a 120-foot monopole on a Oakwood property that backs up to
BBHCA homes on Westchester Street. Based on questions raised by BBHCA residents
at the February meeting, T-Mobile was asked to address several issues and come
back to the April meeting.
planning commission hearing, the owner of the Oakwood property was asked about
the status of the work he needs to do to regrade his site to address zoning
violations. He has filed a site plan but has not deposited the $49,500 in an
escrow account required to actually do the work.
step for T-Mobile will be to submit their site plan. I was told that the
property owner will have to complete the grading work before T-Mobile's site
plan could be approved.
Submitted by Carol Alim, BBHCA representative to the Lee District Land Use
2011―The Land Use Committee will not be
reviewing the T-Mobile proposal today. T-Mobile is rescheduled to present at the
Monday, March 14 Lee District Zoning and Land Use Committee.
Information only presentation made at the
February 2011 meeting of the Lee District Zoning and Land Use Committee.
Submitted by Carol Alim, BBHCA Representative.
(Published in BBHCA News, March 2011)
This is a 2232 Review. The purpose of the 2232 review is to determine whether
the location, character, and extent of the proposed monopole is consistent
with the site. Since this is commercially zoned property T-Mobile can build
the monopole by right if it meets the 2232 conditions.
BBHCA President Jeannie Henry, Darrell Meyer, and the
residents immediately adjacent to the Oakwood property attended and presented
their concerns about the pole at this location. Darrell also pointed out that
several of the pictures that T-Mobile presented were old and did not
accurately reflect the site conditions today. Considerable discussion revolved
around screening, proximity of a stream, and the visibility of the monopole
from the back yards of the adjacent properties.
Feedback from some members of the committee expressed
understanding of the concerns of the BBHCA residents, but clarified that those
concerns do not impact the 2232 review process.
The staff report will not be ready until two weeks
before the Planning Commission hearing, but in my conversations with them to
date, they have indicated that there are no grounds to recommend against the
T-Mobile will be back to present at the February 28th
Zoning and Land Use Committee meeting with answers to specific concerns and
questions posed by the committee.
provided by T-Mobile following the 6/16/2010 and 11/16/2010 meetings with BBHCA
residents at Bush Hill Elementary School.
These meetings focused on
T-Mobileís plan to
build a cell phone tower at 5419 Oakwood Road. Their initial proposal was to
build a tower to 160 feet in height. Their revised proposal was to build a tower
to 125 feet in height and locate it at the same address on Oakwood Road, but at
a greater distance from the nearest BBHCA home. (Note that they still have the
ability to propose a tower at a later date up to 199 feet in height, but this
would need to go through the same application process as the current tower.)
balloon test was held on 12/11/2010, from 1:00 to 4:00.
A third meeting between T-Mobile and the community has
scheduled for January 18, 7:30-9:00 pm, at the Bush Hill Elementary School
F. Stearns T-Mobile PowerPoint Presentation to BBHCA
residents on 11/16/2010. (5.35 MB PDF)
Notes from Meeting―Pictures
were taken of a balloon flown on 11/11/2010 to the same height and location as
the proposed tower. Many residents at the meeting questioned the choice of
locations from which the pictures were taken, saying they did not show the worst
views of the balloon. Residents also noted that these views would change quite a
bit during the winter when there were no leaves. Note also that the pine
monopoles shown in the presentation are only examples, since a picture of the
exact pine monopole that T-mobile will use is not yet available.
Thorne Consultantís Inc Real Estate Report
(5.5 MB PDF)
T-mobile mentioned a study that purported to show that monopoles had a positive
effect on property values. BBHCA residents at the meetings were skeptical, and
requested a copy of the study so that they could interpret it for themselves.
Site Safe Radio
Frequency Compliance Report (4.5 MB PDF)
This report on radio frequency emissions from the proposed tower was presented at the
4. The Amended 2232 Application documents filed by T-mobile in November 2010.
Various documents associated with the T-mobile application. They contain
detailed information about the proposed tower.
5. Addresses of other Tree Poles
Residents requested these lists of locations of other monopoles and tree poles
in the area so that they could see how obtrusive (or unobtrusive) the proposed
tower might be.
Fairfax County's Comprehensive Plan language relating to
7. Monopine sample photos
View of a monopine.
Monopine "bark and needles"