Action Alert: Montgomery County Council to Vote on Cell Antennas Placed 30 Feet From Homes ZTA 19-07

ZTA 19-07 Update March 10, 2021: Re-post from Small Cells in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee just voted for a new ZTA 19-07 that would allow a utility pole or street light at least 30 feet from your house to be swapped out with a new pole that has antennas. 30 FEET SETBACK Cell antennas can now be placed 30 feet from our homes. ZERO PUBLIC COMMENT & HEARINGS: […]

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MoCoSafeG.org Sample Letters: URGENT-OPPOSE CELL ANTENNAS IN FRONT OF OUR HOMES

— STOP ZTA 19-07 – Contact the Montgomery County Council Today! — Update: Tell MoCo Council: Stop ZTA 19-07. Email County Council TODAY through our Online Email Campaign: actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-zta-19-07 County Councilmember Hans Riemer has revived his 2019 proposal to let cell towers be built as close as 30 feet from our houses—on streetlights and utility poles, possibly two or more on a block. It does not correct the horrific 2018 setback of just 10 feet […]

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Tell the MoCo Council to First Fix Process for Reviewing and Approving Cell Poles — A MoCo Resident’s Plea

Rick Meyer, President of Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers, describes issues with the cell tower permitting process and mistakes made. Watch Rick Meyer’s Testimony on YouTube. 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. […]

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Tell MoCo Council: Don’t Weaken Cell-Tower Rules — Especially Not While Major Cases Challenging the FCC’s Outdated Safety Standards are Being Litigated

Why would the County rush to allow tens of thousands of new residential cell towers under the FCC’s lax safety standards from 1996— BEFORE a court decision in a promising legal challenge to get the FCC to finally update them? Don’t MoCo residents deserve up-to-date protections? The case — Environmental Health Trust et al v. FCC — would push the FCC to finally re-align its exposure limits for radio-frequency radiation from cell towers, cellphones, and […]

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Tell Montgomery County Council: First Fix Poor Oversight, Especially For Affordable Housing Sites – Stop ZTA 19-07 Now!

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-Did-25-Wireless-Applications-with-Errors-Pass-MoCo-Tower-Committee-Review-Red3.pdf See also: MoCo’s Broken Process for Review and Oversight of Cell Towers ​ Tell MoCo Council: Stop ZTA 19-07. Email County Council TODAY […]

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JANUARY 25, 2021 UPDATE HE’S BACK!! COUNCILMEMBER RIEMER RE-INTRODUCES ZTA 19-07 WHILE ANNOUNCING A “FINAL PUSH” TO PASS INDUSTRY FRIENDLY ZONING REGS IN THE MIDST OF A RAGING PANDEMIC

January 25, 2021 UPDATE * SHARE AND DISTRIBUTE WIDELY * By Rick Meyer, Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers HE’S BACK!! COUNCILMEMBER RIEMER RE-INTRODUCES  ZTA19-07   while announcing A “FINAL PUSH” TO PASS INDUSTRY FRIENDLY ZONING REGS IN THE MIDST OF A RAGING PANDEMIC Councilmember Hans Reimer (D/At-Large) last week issued press release setting February 10, 2021 as the date he intends to revisit action (again) on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-07 that had been “suspended” almost exactly one year prior. […]

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Opinion: Montgomery Council Must Act Now to Protect Residents From 5G Radiation (Maryland Matters)

Maryland Matters – March 6, 2020 “The next generation in wireless telecommunications is just around the corner, the experts tell us, and the telecom companies that will sell us this technology promise that 5G wireless will do amazing things. But here’s the most amazing thing of all: The Federal Communications Commission is doing everything in its power to ensure the rapid deployment of 5G transmitters in every community across the United States — but has […]

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Sample Letter for Opposing 3rd Cell Tower Near Blair High School – There are Other Possible Sites for this Public Safety Radio Equipment

Sample Letter You Can Personalize Send Comments to Planning Board by Noon Wednesday March 4 Send to: OCEMail@montgomerycountymd.gov, Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov, County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov, MCPChair@mncppc-mc.org. Gwen.Wright@montgomeryplanning.org, Joshua.Penn@montgomeryplanning.org Re: Mandatory Referral 2020013 PSSM at FS 16 Dear County Executive Elrich, Members of the County Council and Planning Board Commissioners: I’m writing to request that the application for the 199’ Macro Tower adjacent to Blair High School be withdrawn.  This would be a second tower within 50 feet of the Blair […]

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Facts about the Blair High School Cell Tower

A new 199 foot cell tower is about to be placed right near Blair High school. Reposted with permission from Small Cells in Montgomery County The 12 MCPS schools with cell towers are almost all lower income schools and every high school in the Downcounty Consortium (which has higher farms, minority and esol population than the rest of the County) has a tower. There are several times where cell towers were proposed and not put […]

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TUESDAY Nov. 19, 2019 HEARING: ACT NOW to Stop County Approval of Cell Towers in Front Yards

UPDATE: The hearing was held Nov. 19, 2019 (related post located here), but there is still time to voice your concerns. Find council contact information at the end of this post. Tuesday Night, Nov. 19: Let’s Pack the County Council Hearing to Oppose Cell Towers as Close as 30 Feet from Our Homes! In order to speak, you need to sign up to make a 3-minute comment Nov. 19, Tuesday, at the County Council hearing on County […]

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