Links to others DeKalb County posing opposition to the cell towers on school grounds:
Links to other communities around the country fighting and defeating T-Mobile:
West San Pedro, TX – March 2012: Two T-Mobile towers successfully defeated from being placed in R-1 zoned residential areas, but one tower at Taper Street School went up and there are no plans of moving it to a commercially zoned area less than a few blocks away.
Huntington Beach, CA — January 2012: Huntington Beach City Council on Monday rejected a proposal from T-Mobile for a cell phone tower that would have been placed next to homes and the protected Bolsa Chica coastal wetlands. Residents also said they were concerned about the loss of up to 20 percent of their home values, the impact on the sensitive wildlife at Bolsa Chica and the project’s conformance with zoning ordinances and environmental requirements. The community has considered more stringent cell tower requirements (December 2011). More here.
City Island, NY — June 2011: T-Mobile withdraws plans to construct tower. City Island finally won the battle to keep an oversized T-Mobile cell phone tower out of their neighborhood. Elected officials, local residents and Community Board fought the 25-foot tower on top of a building.
Tinton Falls, NJ — April 2011: T-Mobile application for a cell tower in the borough has officially been withdrawn. Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera announced at the April 5 Borough Council meeting that the tower project would not be further considered, despite announcing in February 2011 that the borough had reached a verbal agreement to move the tower to a site along the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls. Notably, a 2007 application by the Board of Education to build a cell tower at Mahala F. Atchison School also drew widespread opposition and was never built.
Glendale, CA — February 2011: T-Mobile withdrew plans after local opposition.
Northridge/ Burbank, CA– January 2011: T-Mobile zoning denied after vigorous opposition from local community. The South Valley Area Planning Commission unanimously denied an appeal by T-Mobile of an earlier city zoning administrator’s decision to block the tower. Officials said they were swayed not only by the merits of the case against the tower, but also by what one commissioner said was T-Mobile representatives’ “cavalier attitude.”
Annandale, VA — November 2010: defeated T-Mobile placement of tower at Holmes Middle School. Neighbors opposed T-Mobile cell tower at Holmes Middle School. December 2010, T-Mobile tower builder Milestone Communication’s legal counsel has officially requested that the Holmes application be removed from the February Planning Board agenda, and “deferred indefinitely”.
Casablas, CA — October 2010: defeated T-Mobile because planning commission voted to deny T-Mobile the cell tower permit.
Sherman Oaks, CA — August 2010: defeated T-Mobile – By a 5-0 vote, the South Valley Area Planning Commission last week overturned a zoning administrator’s decision to allow T-Mobile to erect a 49-foot-high cell tower and transmitter on the roof of a three-story commercial building at 15216 Burbank Blvd.
Westchester, CA — August 2010: defeated T-Mobile — In a letter to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, T-Mobile’s Zoning and Government Affairs Manager said today that “due to neighborhood opposition” T-Mobile is “backing away from our proposed site in Westchester and, thus, will not be building the T-Mobile cell site”.
Greenwich, CT — June 2010: Greenwich’s state legislators are proposing a bill that would prevent T-Mobile towers from being built within 750 feet of a school or a day care.
New Territory, TX — March 2010: defeated T-Mobile‘s attempt to place a tower through a deal with their homeowner’s association
Toluca Lake, CA — December 2009: Residents fight T-Mobile cell antennas on top of their apartment building.
San Pedro, CA — November 2009: defeated T-Mobile — tower REMOVED by resolution.
Fairfax, VA — November 2009: Rutherford residents of Fairfax, VA defeated the proposal for a T-Mobile cell tower after battling T-Mobile placement of a cell tower on their community pool.
Marinwood, CA — July 2009: Amidst protest by local community members, T-Mobile withdraws plans to lease Marinwood Community Services District property for a cell tower near a fire station.
Windsor Hills, CA — June 2009: defeated T-Mobile through denial of permit to T-Mobile by the Board of Supervisors.
Northern Idaho — June 2007: T-Mobile tower relocated due to health concerns after T-Mobile attempted to place a tower near a playground.
And more fighting other towers …
Placerville, CA — May 2012: AT&T tower denied by a unanimous vote by City Council members. A group of more than 90 applicants appealed the May 3 Placerville Planning Commission decision to allow AT&T to build and operate a 78-foot high”mono-pine” wireless communication facility on Placerville Union School District property on Thompson Way.
Scottsdale, AZ — April 2012: school suspends building of Sprint Nextel tower after outrage from over 200 parents.
Kings Park, NY — March 2012: Kings Park Board of Education votes not to place multi-carrier cell phone tower on their administration building.
Williamstown, MA — February 2012: AT&T and tower placement company Florida Tower Partners suggest lawsuit to Mt. Greylock Regional School Cmte over placement of tower, after denial of building permit.
Strongville, OH — August 2011: Tower completed at baseball field at Strongville High School, despite the fact that residents asked Strongville School Board to reconsider placement of cell tower on school property, over the objections of the City Council.
New Jersey Hills (Randolph), NJ — April 2011: Township rejects proposal for AT&T cell tower for second time over concerns by residents regarding health concerns and proximity to several schools.
New Hanover, NC — March 2011: Tower Removed from School. The New Hanover County Planning Board voted to allow Boston-based American Tower Corp. and AT&T Mobility to move its proposed telecommunications tower from New Hanover County Schools land near Murrayville Elementary to private land nearby that is zoned residential and is classified as transitional in the county’s 2006 land use plan.
Eagan, MN — February 2011: Proposal is withdrawn by U.S. Cellular to build a 75 ft. cell phone tower 400 feet from Gompers Elementary and Black Hawk Middle School has been shelved, though opponents still want to ensure the Madison School District doesn’t entertain such plans in the future.
Tampa, FL – 2011
El Granada, CA — September 2010: Representatives from AT&T backed away from a proposal to install a cell tower on a Coastside County Water District water tower in El Granada on the northwestern corner of San Clemente and Isabella roads.
Hempstead (Long Island), NY — September 2010: The Town of Hempstead, NY, unanimously adopted on Sept. 21, 2010 a new wireless ordinance, in response to residents concerns and outrage at finding cell towers installed on light posts outside of their homes. It has a tiered approach, with preferred and non-preferred locations and wants newly proposed cell towers to be located at least 1,500 feet away from homes, schools, daycare centers and places of worship.
- No new cell towers or antennae shall be located closer than 1500 feet to a residential home, house of worship, day care center or school.
- Applicants proposing new cell towers must provide a report inventorying existing towers and other suitable structures within 2 miles of a proposed cell tower site.
- In justifying a request for a cell tower of any height, data must be provided to document the effectiveness of a tower at a lower total height at the same location.
Loudonville, NY — May 2010: Planning Board rejects plans to put Verizon cell tower inside church bell tower amid public dispute.
last updated: 7 may 2012.