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Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Need specific tower/ant. photos for Zoning

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Need specific tower/ant. photos for Zoning
From: Jim Idelson <>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 19:39:30 -0500
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I want to second the suggestion from Ken that you try a photo simulation. See 
my article in QST Feb 2001, "Raise Your Tower Without Breaking Ground!" on page 


Jim K1IR


As a zoner of cell towers with 100s of hearings under my belt- I will
suggest that the county will be more interested in seeing
"photo-simulations" of the actual proposed tower rather than seeing towers
in other areas that may or may not be the same height and where the tree
line may be shorter or taller.   

If you already have photos with the balloon in them, it is a relatively
simple task to create "photo-simulations" of your proposed tower site for
the town.  I personally use Photoshop to do photosimulations.  If I read
your email incorrectly and you are actually planning on doing them already-
you don't need photos of a specific distance- just enlarge or shrink the
cropped tower to the correct scale.  

May I ask what is the process for a tower in your jurisdiction?  I assume
you are requesting a variance to the height limitation?  Depending upon the
county, variances can be relatively difficult to receive, especially since
there will be a notice requirement whereby all your neighbors within a given
distance - between 250' to 1500' in some cases will be notified and
commments will be requested.  Additionally, most variances require a public
hearing.  If you want the process to go smoothly, petition your neighbors
ahead of time to get their approval.  Many times, one neighbor in opposition
of a tower is enough to convince the board to reject a variance as the
standards for a variance require that you show a hardship imposed by the
inequitable application of zoning ordinances.  



Jim Idelson K1IR
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