You have seen some properties have cell towers and perhaps you are wondering what makes such properties suitable for placement of cell towers. For a property to qualify for cell tower placement, it must be within the search ring. A search ring is a chosen area by the cell tower company that shows where they need to place the cell tower. 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. If your land is in the search ring, then it has passed the first step and it now proceeds to further evaluation for suitability of the land to the company’s requirements. Below is a discussion of some factors to consider before site selection of cell tower construction site.
Area of the land – An appropriate site for the construction of cell tower should have no ongoing activities that might interfere with the placement of the tower. 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. In rare circumstances, the cell tower company might accept a land below 1000 square feet because it has plans to accommodate other tenants in the future.
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. Every business tries to minimize costs of operation and cell tower companies are no exception to this. 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. In the circumstances when the site is not reachable by public road, then the company will have to construct a road to the property and that would significant increase their costs.
Site topography – A land at the highest point in the area would be preferable only if it meets the criterion of selection. It would mean nothing to have land at the highest point yet it is not within the search ring. If a suitable site is at the lowest altitude, the company would continue with the cell tower construction but compensate for the height by increasing the height of the tower.