Cellphone firm seeks 4 towers on PTC-owned parks and rec land

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:39pm
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Council Thursday night will discuss a proposal to lease up to four city-owned sites for construction of new cellphone towers for T-Mobile.

Council is being asked by staff to determine if it would like to pursue the concept.

Among the four general locations being considered for a new cellphone tower are recreation sites including:

• Log House/Braelinn Park, which has city-owned baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts and a playground. It also is adjacent to Oak Grove Elementary School.

• Lake Kedron Marina, commonly referred to as “the boat docks.”

• Blue Smoke Park, which has public tennis courts and a playground; and

• Shakerag, home of the recreation department office along with The Gathering Place and the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater.

If approved by council, city staff would work with T-Mobile to identify specific locations in those areas. The specific locations would first be brought to the recreation commission and site plans would be reviewed and approved by the planning commission, according to interim Community Development Director David Rast.

The lease agreement for each tower would also require approval from the City Council.

Rast’s memo to council notes that additional carriers would be able to locate their equipment on the tower also.

By city ordinance, new cellphone towers are prohibited within 200 feet of a residential property line, 200 feet of a public street and 50 feet of a nonresidential property line.

Currently the city leases property at City Hall and at the recycling center for two separate towers, and the owner pays a ground lease to the city annually along with each carrier that is located on the tower.

Each new tower would be required to meet zoning and setback criteria, Rast said in the memo.

The city restricts new telecommunications towers to property zoned agricultural reserve, open space, light industrial and general industrial. Recreation land owned by Peachtree City meets qualifications because the land is zoned open space.

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Submitted by fluffybear on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 1:58pm.

As someone who lives next to one of these parks, I can think of a lot worse then having a cell phone tower located there. Especially if they can disguise it in some manner. When I lived in Southern California, our community required the cell phone company to disguise the pole as a flag pole. Hide the pole and you have my vote

Submitted by Dondol on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 8:06pm.

Not No, But HELL NO! But it would be just good Ol Harold
to stick it in and break it off just one more time before he leaves office..

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 7:38pm.

no brainer. They put cell towers up all the time and you can't even tell they are actually cell phone towers.

That said, I'm not sure how good of an idea it is to put them into the parks....more info needed.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 7:31pm.

there is NOT going to be ANY type of tower in our park or public area or schoolyard. Council better be ready for a fight if any consideration is given to this.

Keep the towers out of PTC. Period.

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Submitted by opustv on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 6:51pm.

I had the opportunity to lease property to T-mobile for a tower in Fairfax, VA a few years back and they were very easy to work with. They constructed a tower that actually looked like an oddly straight and tall oak tree. The tower is generating a nice monthly income. We've had maintenance folks come out a few times a year for upgrades and additions but otherwise you don't know it is there. Given that wireless phones have all but replaced land lines in homes, the service improvement in PTC would be a welcome change and we sure could use the $$$.

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