AT&T has set a community meeting on its proposed cell tower on Short Hill Mountain for May 10, and has rescheduled a test of its visual impact on the area for this Thursday.
The previous test, last week, used balloons, but was cancelled when the balloons did not reach the full 155-foot height of the proposed monopole because of the wind. The company will try again using a crane, and take photos of the crane from around the mountain to simulate the visual impact of a monopole at that location. The survey is part of an application for a special exception to county zoning the company plans to make to the county.
The company has not yet filed a formal application to build the monopole, which will require two public hearings, with a commission permit from the Planning Commission and a special exception permit from the Board of Supervisors. The proposed location indicated on pre-application paperwork appears to violate a Loudoun zoning ordinance that monopoles “shall not be located along ridge lines, but downslope from the top of ridge lines, to protect views of the Catoctin, Bull Run, Hogback, Short Hill, and Blue Ridge Mountains.”
The community meeting will be held Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association at 16 S. Berlin Pike in Lovettsville. Company representatives will share details about the proposed cell site, including the results of the visual-impact survey, and answer any questions from residents, according to a press release.