You have seen some properties have cell towers and perhaps you are wondering what makes such properties suitable for placement of cell towers. Cell tower companies look into particular factors before entering into agreement with property owner to construct a cell tower on his land. Not all lands that are at highest points are suitable for this undertaking. There are various factors considered when selecting a search ring and they might include population density, topography of the land and various restrictions in the area. If your land happens to be within that area of interest, then the cell tower company will make further considerations on various properties to choose the best spot for the cell tower construction. Here are some of the things that they tend to look into.
Adequate available vacant land – The land should meet the size requirements for the cell tower company. 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 exceptional circumstances, the cell tower company might need only 500 square feet of land and this would mean that you have large area of land to use for other activities.
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 expenses might be affected by accessibility of the land, property being situated in a flood area, dense tree coverage and other environmental factors.
Access to the cell tower property – Once the cell tower is constructed on a land, the company will want to access it occasionally to monitor it or carry out maintenance. Therefore, the site should be close to a road so that there is no difficulty in reaching the site. 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 not be viable to construct the cell tower at an elevated place outside the search ring and the construction expenses are high. Further the cell tower company can make up for elevation by increasing the height of the tower appropriately.