AT&T, Elected Fairfax County Officials & Staff, and PRA: Stop the Cell Tower in Parklawn
  • Petitioned John Bell

This petition was delivered to:

Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning
John Bell
President, Parklawn Recreation Association
Heath Brown
Brian Dwyer
Donohue and Stearns, PLC
Ed Donohue
September 10, 2013 Hearing, SEA 93-M-047 Application
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

AT&T, Elected Fairfax County Officials & Staff, and PRA: Stop the Cell Tower in Parklawn

    1. Petition by

      No Parklawn Tower


August 2013


From Petition Organizer: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors denied the AT&T application for a cell tower that would have been placed behind our homes, destroying the natural beauty of the area. The signatories on the petition and the petition we created on were specifically cited as part of the reason for denying the cell tower application!!!!

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Come Out for the AT&T Meeting Tonight!

      No Parklawn Tower
      Petition Organizer

      Please make sure to attend the AT&T meeting tonight ay 7pm at Glasgow Middle School!!! Let your voice be heard!

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. A Positive Turn...Need Your Supportive Comments

      No Parklawn Tower
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all, Take a look at the excellent post on the Annandale Blog by John Kennedy toward the end of the comments (link below). This is where we've tried to take the discussion with the Parklawn Recreation Association Presidents for the past three years. If you feel moved to support his idea, please do add your positive comments. I have voiced my support for his idea and hope we can get PRA to respond. We not think the cell tower is the answer and will still oppose it. Thanks!

      Annandale VA: Parklawn residents organize effort to oppose cell tower

      Updated - see statement from Parklawn Civic Association at end of article. A proposal from AT&T to build a cell tower in the Parklawn neighborhood is providing divisive. The Parklawn Recreation Association, which would receive a rental fee from AT&T, supports the tower, but a group of neighbors is opposing it.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Grajeda ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      its my neighborhood

    • Linda bBarrett ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Parklawn is my neighborhood! Cell towers do not belong in residential neighborhoods. People outside my neighborhood have no right to impose this cell tower on my neighborhood!

    • Clay Wilson ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am concerned with health risks.

    • James Madden ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is an intrusion into nearby undeveloped parkland and very near to residnetial properties.

    • Bruce Cornett ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      The proposed tower will be an aesthetic blight on the community, is technologically unnecessary, and, from AT&T's own coverage maps is not the optimum location for covering less well served areas. It is also an outrageous business intrusion into a residential area.


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