One good reason they might be concerned is that their property values, already taking a beating, might get even worse. And, they would probably be justified in thinking that way.
This negative effect can also contribute to urban blight, a deterioration of neighborhoods and school districts that can happen when residents move away or pull their children out of school because they do not want to spend so much time near urban health hazards, like cell towers.
People don’t want to live next to one not just because of health concerns, but also due to aesthetics and public safety reasons. Cell towers become eyesores, obstructing or tarnishing cherished views, and also can attract crime, are potential noise nuisances, and fire and fall hazards. There is also concern for injuries to people and property on the ground below a cell tower in winter as ice and debris often accumulate up top, then fall to the ground as the weather gets warmer throughout the day.
A recent map of the U.S. was released by the FCC to show the areas deficient in 3G wirelss coverage and guess what... DeKalb County, GA, was not on it! So even the FCC has your back on this one, DeKalb... we are NOT considered to be deficient in our current coverage. These towers are simply not needed. They are just an attempt to gain closer proximity to our homes and to push their 4G coverage products on us without consumer demand for them. This mindset is the opposite of safe cell siting procedures. The FCC clearly defines the "need" for a tower as something that must come before the approval to build. That's why T-mobile wants to go around the standard process and use our schools as their accomplice. They don't care about the fact that children will lose playground space or that their health might be at risk. They care about profit and nothing else.
Putting cell towers near residential properties is just bad business.
* For residential owners, it means decreased property values.
* For local businesses (realtors and brokers) representing and listing these properties, it will create decreased income.
* For county governments, it results in decreased revenue (property taxes).
* For state and local school boards, it results in abandonment of schools and distrust of elected officials.
Percentage decreases mentioned in the study range from 2 to 20% with the percentage moving toward the higher range the closer the property.
- a. "The effect of distance to cell phone towers on house prices" by Sandy Bond, Appraisal Journal, Fall 2007, see attached. Source, Appraisal Journal, found on the Entrepreneur website, http://www.prres.net/papers/Bond_Squires_Using_GIS_to_Measure.pdf
- Sandy Bond, Ph.D., Ko-Kang Wang, “The Impact of Cell Phone Towers on House Prices in Residential Neighborhoods,” The Appraisal Journal, Summer 2005; see attached. Source: Goliath business content website, http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-5011857/The-impact-of-cell-phone.html
- Sandy Bond also co-authored, "Cellular Phone Towers: Perceived impact on residents and property values" University of Auckland, paper presented at the Ninth Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Brisbane, Australia, January 19-22, 2003; see attached. Source: Pacific Rim Real Estate Society website, http://www.prres.net/Papers/Bond_The_Impact_Of_Cellular_Phone_Base_Station_Towers_On_Property_Values.pdf
2. Industry Canada (Canadian government department promoting Canadian economy), “Report On the National Antenna Tower Policy Review, Section D — The Six Policy Questions, Question 6. What evidence exists that property values are impacted by the placement of antenna towers?”; see attached. Source: Industry Canada http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08353.html website,
4. And, of course, you can look at our website, www.GETtheCELLoutATL.org for the long history we have had of fighting for the rights of our schools, children and neighborhoods here in DeKalb County, GA, a suburb area near Atlanta.
•We Already Have Good Coverage: Significant Gap and 911
•Alternative Locations and Supplemental Application forms
•Aesthetics and Safety
•Noise and Nuisance and notes about Clearwire
•Health Effects: Science & Research
When opposing the zoning or construction of a cell tower, it's important to alk to your local real estate professionals as early in the process as possible. Inform and educate them about the negative effects on local property values that cell towers have.
And, don't forget the importance of your neighborhood school on influencing your property value. Here's one local Realtor's take on it: http://tucker.patch.com/blog_posts/whats-a-huge-factor-in-calculating-your-property-value
You can also educate your local homeowners' associations and neighborhood councils about the negative property value effects and have them submit letters.
DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT
Don't give up. Be respectful, but take nothing at face value. Use the media to tell your story if you can get them on your side. But, focus on your issue, your case and get your neighbors to unite as it will affect everyone in some way. The more you can help educate others, the better off we will all be in the long run.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not attorneys nor do we offer advice that should substitute for the advice from a qualified attorney in this area, but we have been working on this subject for more than a year and can offer practical input about our own experience that we are willing to share. Sometimes it helps just to know you are not alone and you have people in your corner.
And, here in DeKalb County, we started with no one in our corner and, as of July 31, 2012, 75,000 voters, a whopping 62%, voted "NO" to cell towers at our schools! Way to go DeKalb County!