Proposed AT&T Telecommunications Tower

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Location

The subject property is located just off of Great Seneca Highway a bit north of Upshire Circle.

AT&T Proposed Tower Site

AT&T is proposing to place a cell tower and associated structure just off of Great Seneca Highway a bit north of Upshire Circle. The Mayor & City Council held a discussion at their July 8, 2019 Work Session to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed plans.

Updates

October 9, 2019

Following a meeting with staff, AT&T has modified the location of the proposed tower, moving the tower 304.5 feet north and 25.5 feet east of the location originally proposed (further away from nearby residences). AT&T will be conducting a visual impact test in which they will raise a balloon to the height of the proposed monopole – 160 ft. The test is scheduled for October 9, 2019 from noon until 7 p.m. Should the test be canceled due to weather conditions, the balloon test will be conducted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from noon until 7 p.m.  A letter was sent by AT&T to residents in the surrounding area announcing the test. The letter stated in error that the property on which the test was to be conducted was owned by AT&T.  This property is owned by the City of Gaithersburg.

July 8, 2019

Following the public discussion held during the July 8, 2019 Work Session, the Mayor & City Council declined to support the AT&T cell tower proposed to be located off of Great Seneca Highway. In denying the request, they cited the lack of information showing a real need for the tower at the proposed location, the absence of analyses of alternate locations, and the visual impact the tower would have on nearby neighborhoods. However, the Mayor & City Council did support staff in continuing to work with AT&T to find a more suitable location to bring back to the Mayor & Council at a public meeting.