>> Last I read there is no evidence whatsoever that
>> anyone's home value anywhere has been diminished
>> by the nearby presence of an Amateur Radio tower.
> I believe the larger fear is that a "slippery slope" condition is created.
> First, the ham tower/antenna is erected. Then, a neighbor seeing the tower
> installation decides to break a covenant by installing a small shed in his
> back yard. Then, across the street, a boat or large RV find its way to be
> parked at the far end of a driveway . After that, other covenants are
> broken in succession to the point where they become unenforceable due to
> many legal theories.
> So, the one event in and of itself may be harmless, but it can be argued
> that multiple covenant violations will yield impossible enforcement action
> and thus create a condition where lower property values result.
> Paul, W9AC
Exemptions for towers, especially due to Homeland
Security-related over-riding priorities, has some
legal precedent over local covenants and zoning.
One would need to do some research - or take advantage
of ARRL research.
We increasingly live in a fear and selfishness-driven
society. How sad.
This is why I would never live in a deed-restricted
community with freedom-depriving covenants.
I guess Hams will just have to learn to ask better
questions before buying into these little fiefdoms.
Thanks! & 73, doc, KD4E
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