Piney Point Cell Tower Case Goes to Board of Appeals - Southern Maryland Headline News

Piney Point Cell Tower Case Goes to Board of Appeals

By Guy Leonard, The County Times, guyleonard [at]

HOLLYWOOD, Md. (May 22, 2014)—After nearly two years in the zoning process, the case of a cell phone tower in Piney Point is going before the county’s Board of Appeals in an attempt to get a conditional approval to begin construction.

The case has already had two public hearings and the record for public comment has been closed, according to Zoning Administrator Yvonne Chaillet.

The cell phone tower would be located on a site known as the Goddard property just off of Route 249; the parcel is just under 13 acres in size.

The applicant, Telecom Capital Group out of Owings, wants to put up a “monopolestyle” 160-feet high and will support about four service providers to provide more cell phone coverage to the Tall Timbers and surrounding areas.

The tower would stand off from Piney Point Road 170 feet, according to Department of Land Use and Growth Management staff reports.

The project developer has already received all approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration, Chaillet said.

The tower has also been the focus of some concerns in the community over possible loud noises created by the tower’s power generators and negative impacts to the aesthetic quality of the neighborhood.

The Board of Appeals hearing is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Chesapeake Building on Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.

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