You have seen some properties have cell towers and perhaps you are wondering what makes such properties suitable for placement of cell towers. When they spot a suitable land, they enter into negotiation with the property owner and have an agreement to lease the land or purchase it. Now, you could be wondering what makes a land suitable for a cell tower construction. The cell tower company looks in various factors before selecting an ideal land for cell tower and the land must be within the search ring, it should have favorable topography, adequate population density of the area and various policies and regulation in the area. Suppose your property is within the search area, then there are further considerations that the cell tower company must look into before deciding to invest lots of money on the project. Below is a discussion of some factors to consider before site selection of cell tower construction site.
Size of the land – A suitable land for cell tower construction should be vacant; meaning that there should not be any form of activity on it. Additionally, the land should have adequate size for the erection of the cell tower. An area of land of approximately 1000 square feet would be adequate for the undertaking. It is only in exceptional situations that the companies would use an area of land below 1000 square feet because they usually make an allowance for subtenants.
Construction expenses – The cost of constructing a cell tower might vary depending on the location of the selected site and thus, the company will try to choose a site which has the least expense when erecting the cell tower. The placement of cell tower is a costly activity and thus, the company will try to find out ways to minimize the costs. Construction costs can be adversely affected if the land is far from a public road, the land is in a flood zone and various ecological conditions.
Accessibility of the cell tower site – A suitable cell tower location should be easily accessible whenever the cell tower company wants to reach the site. Accessibility to the site plays a significant role in this case and it would be preferable if the site is located close to a public road. Even before construction of the cell tower, closeness of the site to a main road is important to avoid the need of constructing a road to the site which is not a priority of the company.
Site topography – A land at the highest point in the area would be preferable only if it meets the criterion of selection. The highest point should be within the search ring and it should be easily reachable and it should have low construction cost. Further the cell tower company can make up for elevation by increasing the height of the tower appropriately.