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Op-Ed: Things To Think About If Cell Phone Tower Rises

by RestonNow.com May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Cell phone towers at South Lakes HSProperty values, loss of tree canopy, concerns for children’s safety: these were some of the issues brought up by a concerned group of homeowners at a public information meeting held on May 12 at the Reston Community Center.

Reston Association is considering a proposal from Milestone Communications to allow construction of a 115′ monopole in Hunters Woods Park. Milestone has created a website for this project, Hunters Woods Wireless Pole.

The proposal is to lease RA land at the north end of the soccer field for the pole and its accompanying ground equipment (consisting of up to 4 – 12×20 buildings). Payment would be a percentage of revenue that the monopole supplier receives from a wireless carrier.

The Milestone representative said the average expected revenue is approximately $12,000 per year per carrier. The monopole can support up to 4 carriers (AT&T to be the first), so presumably revenue to RA could be over $48,000 per year. Should this proposal pass through the Reston Association Design Review Board, a zoning application will be filed with Fairfax County.

The following is a list of important meetings that should be attended if you wish to make your opinion heard. If you can’t attend, send an email, or both. It counts!

Monday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Reston Planning and Zoning Committee
North County Government Center (map), Community Room
12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston

The agenda can be viewed here. The P&Z committee reports to Supervisor Hudgins. Attending this meeting or emailing will let her know how you feel about the project. Parking note – carpool if you can. Due to construction, parking is very limited. Email is [email protected] and suggested subject line is Hunter Woods Park Monopole – Reston.

Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.
Reston Association Board Meeting
Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

Must sign in to be allowed 3 minutes (sometimes the limit is 2 minutes; prepare for the shorter time) during the public comment session. Five minutes if you represent a group such as a Cluster, PTA, etc. You should also email your concerns to [email protected] with a cc to [email protected] (CEO Cate Fulkerson). Subject line should be Hunter Woods Park Monopole.

Tuesday, June 17, 7-9 pm
Design Review Board Meeting
Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

Milestone Communications will present their plan for DRB approval

At the May 12 information meeting, we were told that if the proposal does not pass DRB approval, it would not move forward. To be guaranteed a chance to speak you must register as an Affected Party.*  To do so, contact Margo Collins, Reston Association Covenants Advisor, at [email protected] or (703) 435-7994 to submit a statement of your concerns. The statement must include your name and Reston address and may be submitted directly to Ms. Collins via email. Individuals are given three minutes; group representatives are given five. Emails should also be sent to [email protected]with subject of Hunter Woods Park Monopole.

This information is provided as a community service. Please feel free to contact me.

Connie Hartke

Director, Hunters Woods District
Reston Citizens Association
571-205-8874

Photo: Cell phone towers at South Lakes High School/file photo

  • Constance Hartke

    Correction on the revenue share: I am told by Milestone that RA will get 40% of each carrier’s fee to them. I thought the number I heard was the RA revenue share. Corrected:

    The Milestone representative said the average expected revenue is approximately $12,000 per year per carrier. The monopole can support up to 4 carriers (AT&T to be the first), so presumably revenue to RA could be $48,000 per year.

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