MoCo’s Broken Process for Review and Oversight of Cell Towers

Examples exist of towers built too tall, too close to homes, with too many antennas -- even at the wrong address!

too tall, too close, no notice

Some examples are:

  • Travilah Rd, North Potomac: about 37 feet from home
  • 11th Ave, Silver Spring: about 40 feet from the home
  • MacArthur Blvd, Potomac: installed without a hearing
  • Norbeck Rd, Silver Spring: installed without a hearing
  • Arliss St, Silver Spring: exceeded approved height
  • Dufief Mill Rd, North Potomac: exceeded approved height
  • Brickyard Rd, Potomac: installed at the wrong location (Read related article by Rick Meyer starting on page 15. Also see this blog post.)
  • Oaklyn Dr, Potomac: installed at the wrong location
  • Belfast Pl, Potomac: installed at the wrong location
  • Merrimac Drive: Utility poles on Merrimac Drive improperly expanded BEFORE Tower Committee decision on proposed wireless facility. (See blog post.)

The County does not require proof that residents or workers are not being illegally exposed to levels of radio-frequency radiation over federal limits! There are no baseline or post-installation measurements of radio-frequency (RF) radiation. The lack of onsite audits of RF radiation is already an urgent problem for antennas mounted on occupied buildings -- especially affordable multi-family housing sites, which are favorite industry targets to turn into cell towers.

Read the letter concerned residents sent to the Montgomery County Tower Committee, exposing a pattern of serious errors in 25 cell tower applications that the Committee previously recommended. Those errors indicate a pattern of rubber-stamping applications with little accountability to those who live or work under or near wireless facilities.

Why isn't MoCo Leadership and the MoCo Tower Commission doing more to protect MoCo residents and neighborhoods from improper cell tower installations?

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MoCo Broken Cell Rick Meyer Presentation Video

Watch Now! Montgomery County's Broken Process for Review and Oversight of Cell Towers and What You Need to Know About ZTA 19-07 with Rick Meyer of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers (MC4T.org). Webinar was held and recorded Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Montgomery County has a history of lax reviews. Rick Meyer of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Control Cell Towers (MC4T) has worked for years with a team of residents evaluating the County’s oversight process for cell tower permitting. They found dozens of applications with errors and numerous examples of towers built too tall, too close to homes, with too many antennas in violation of their permit.  Some “small” cells were even built at the wrong address! Watch Rick Meyer's previous testimony to MoCo Council in this video. Additional information on this blog post.

Montgomery Co. family got a 68' cell tower in their front yard because of a mistake. Nine years later it's still there despite her and her neighbors' attempts at seeking remedy and testifying before the Montgomery County Council.

Watch Vicki Huo's 2021 Testimony on YouTube.
Watch Vicki Huo's 2019 Testimony on YouTube.
Watch Vicki Huo's 2018 Testimony on YouTube.

MoCo resident documents Tower Committee issues in 2017 article.

MoCo resident voices concerns to Tower Committee about lax oversight & transparency in 2016!