The cellular telephone company, AT&T, is proposing to put a cellular tower on the property owned by the Parklawn Recreation Association (PRA). We are informed that AT&T’s current plans will call for a cellular tower (estimated on their documents to be between 128 to 148 feet tall) near or slightly below the top of the forested hill on the right as you go down to the pool. There will be a large, possibly unfenced compound on the left across the road from the cell tower site to house related equipment. In the alternative, it is also possible that both the tower and the equipment could be on the left side of the road. The cell tower and its equipment would be erected only several hundred feet away from residential properties.
The cell tower will reduce the property values of our neighbors' homes and as a result will reduce the overall property values of the homes in the neighborhood. The tower will be an incredible eyesore and will negatively impact the aesthetics and quality of life in the community. The arborist hired by AT&T and/or its installation company says, “the tower itself is so tall it cannot be hidden by vegetation no matter where it is.”
While we cannot yet measure the negative health effects of the transmissions of the cell tower we do know that any risk will be elevated because of the tower's close proximity to residential property.
Therefore we, the undersigned, oppose the construction of any communications facility, including but not limited to the one proposed by AT&T. We demand that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Planning Commission, and the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals intervene and stop the planning, marketing and erection of the AT&T cellular tower in Parklawn on the Parklawn Recreation Association property. We also demand that AT&T and the Parklawn Recreation Association stop pursing the installation of any communications facility.