Do you have a land that you think might be suitable for cell tower construction but you do not understand the criterion used by cell tower companies to select ideal sites for their towers? Cell tower companies look into particular factors before entering into agreement with property owner to construct a cell tower on his land. 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. 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. In most cases, the cell tower companies consider 1000 square feet land appropriate. 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 – Cell tower company will prefer to select a land that would be less expensive to construct on and thus, they will ignore that which seems to attract lots of costs. 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.
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. Nearness to public road is crucial as the company will not have to use other expensive alternatives to get to the site. 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. If the highest point does not meet the selection criterion then the cell tower company can pick a different point and adjust the height of the tower.