City of Takoma Park

Please Attend: 1st Cell Tower Application Hearing, Mon Sept 30, 7:30!!

Community Meeting Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 on First Application for Small Cell Tower in City Right-of-Way:

For Utility Pole at 902 Merrimac Drive (south of intersection of  Carroll Avenue and University Boulevard)

Come Learn & Share Your Concerns with City Staff and Crown Castle Representative.

This is the first of 11 small cell towers Crown Castle plans for Takoma Park in the next two years! (See list below.)

Time:   Monday, Sept. 30th, at 7:30 p.m.

Place:   Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue

The City has received the first application for a small cell tower that falls under Takoma Park's new Ordinance for such towers in City rights-of-way.  Crown Castle, a big supplier of infrastructure for telecom carriers, wants to place an antenna for T-Mobile on a Pepco pole in Ward 6, at 902 Merrimac, between Carroll and Lockney, a block south of the intersection of Carroll and University. The pole is ~ 85 feet from residents' homes! Our Ordinance requires the Director of Public Works to hold a Community Meeting "to provide the public with information about the proposed installation, answer questions, receive information, and respond to concerns."

Afterwards, the Director decides whether to approve an application -- and federal guidelines pressure the City to decide in a hurry. Since this is the first  tower application ever under our Ordinance, our input Monday will help City officials develop the most effective review process for the future.  Let's take advantage of this opportunity and respond with robust participation!

Please come also to support our first Takoma Park residents to face one of these small cell towers so near their homes. The pole that would hold the cell antenna is ~ 85' from the closest residents' homes!

You can read Crown Castle's application, its report on how it plans to comply with federal radiation guidelines, etc., by scrolling to the bottom of this page on the City's website:  Come and share your questions and concerns about potential impacts on health, safety, and equity posed by the location of this proposed small cell tower so near homes in Ward 6.

And See Crown Castle's Two-Year Plan for Placing 10 Other Small Cell Towers in Our City's Rights-of-Way:

The plan is on pages 7-9 in Crown Castle's main Application Form, which is one of the files posted at the bottom of the link above. The addresses in Takoma Park (and two just outside the City but on Crown Castle's list) are:

7059 Eastern Ave.

8349 Flower Ave.

800 Kennebec Ave.

8200 Brighton Ave.

8209 Flower Ave.

700 Devonshire Ave.

508 Lincoln Ave.

6902 New Hampshire Ave.

6347 New Hampshire Ave.

Anacostia Tributary Trail System (near New Hampshire Avenue)

[And 8411 Piney Branch Road, in nearby Silver Spring]

[And 628 Sheridan Street, NE, just off Eastern, in nearby DC]

(Here's recent news from the Environmental Health Trust related to radio frequency emissions from small cell towers: )

Thank you -- we hope to see you Monday night. And please share this news with others.

-- Community Vision for Takoma

Please remember to take action at the County Level!!!

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City Manager Comments from the Report for City Council Meeting of June 5, 2019:

Small Cell Administrative Regulations - Process With a presentation, Public Hearing, and Work Session occurring over the next two Council meetings, we wanted to remind people about the schedule and process to date and moving forward:

  1. The draft Administrative Regulations were posted April 30, 2019 with notice provided in a news post on the home page of the City’s website and in the May Newsletter.
  2. On June 12, the draft Administrative Regulations will be presented by Mark Del Bianco, the consulting attorney who worked with City staff to develop the regulations. There will also be Public Hearing that evening on the matter. (Update: Here are direct YouTube links to the relevant video sections: 5:00 summary of the 5g small cell issue to date. 12:10 presentation of proposed regulations. 35:00 questions and discussion. 1:02:00 Public hearing comments. Includes one Verizon wireless and one crown castle speaker.)
  3. On June 19, the Council will hold a Work Session to discuss the Administrative Regulations, ask any remaining questions of Mr. Del Bianco, and provide feedback to staff. (Update: Direct YouTube link:
  4. After June 19, the Administrative Regulations will be revised as appropriate based on public comments received and Council guidance, finalized, and approved by the City Manager.
  5. Notice of the final Administrative Regulations will be provided in the July Newsletter.
  6. July 15 effective date

Additional information is available on the Cell Tower Ordinance Project Directory.

Many of us attended the Teach-In November 30th organinized by Community Vision For Takoma (CVT) on the health, safety, and equity issues around small cell towers and related new 5G technology, and very actively advocated for strong provisions in the City’s related new ordinance to protect the public interests as rigorously as possible. We’re working now to help make sure the regulations to implement the new ordinance – which the City hopes to finalize by early April – are also as strong as possible.

Action Steps:

    1. Let the Mayor and City Council know you expect residents to be informed and consulted early and often as City regulations are drafted to implement our new ordinance. Insist we be notified right away as applications for cell towers in Takoma Park are received.
    2. Tell County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council if you want them to keep small-cell tower radiation away from all of our homes, schools, and other sensitive sites, regardless of what zone we live in, and if you support strengthening – not weakening – requirements for the wireless industry to follow. (   | )

City of Takoma Park Cell Antenna and Tower Location Information

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