applicant is requesting special exception approval pursuant to
Zoning Ordinance Section 11-102.3 to allow the construction of a
150-foot telecommunications structure with antenna and equipment
on this ±47.41-acre parcel.
In addition, the applicant is seeking to obtain a
determination of substantial accord with the Comprehensive Plan,
as required by Section 15.2-2232 of the Code of Virginia.
There is an existing house and the Fairways Driving Range,
a golf practice facility, on the subject property located at 11435
Lucky Hill Road (Route 655) just east of the intersection of Route
28 and Route 15/29. The
property is located between the Remington and Bealeton Service
applicant indicates that the requested height is designed to meet
the expanding need for wireless coverage along Route 15/29 and
along Route 28 in the southern portion of the County.
The applicant's justification identifies a 7-mile gap
between the existing Opal monopole, located at the intersection of
Routes 17 and 29, and the SBA, Inc. lattice structure located near
Route 29 in Culpeper County.
The application indicates interest on the part of Sprint
PCS and VoiceStream Wireless to locate on this structure should it
Analysis and Recommendations:
County’s telecommunications consultant, Atlantic Technology
Consultants, Inc. (ATC), has reviewed this application for
conformance with applicable Ordinance provisions, and its report
is included with the Planning Commission staff report included as
Attachment C to this report. ATC advises that this
structure is purely speculative with regard to future use, fails
to fulfill a legitimate need based upon Sprint’s existing
service and exceeds the County’s maximum height restriction of
120 feet. Should
other service providers seek to provide service in the vicinity of
the proposed structure, the existing power transmission towers
near the Town of Remington provide excellent co-location
alternatives, in addition to the 60–foot water storage tank in
the Town. Given the
findings described above and the evidence presented in the
application, this structure is not warranted, in ATC's opinion.
the proposed tower height of 150 feet, the Zoning Ordinance
required the applicant to present its proposal to the
Architectural Review Board (ARB).
The ARB did review the applicant's request and made some
initial findings related to the tower design and height.
However, the ARB's final recommendation was as follows: