It's the best news possible! The Circuit Court, in a well- reasoned, thorough, 45-page decision, found no errors on the part of the BZA when it denied the special permit for the cell tower. While this decision can also be appealed, it will be up to the Virginia Supreme Court to decide whether to hear it. From there, we'll have to see where it goes.
The Board of Supervisors deferred the decision on the special exception until September 24th. On the 24th, the BOS said yes to the special exception to allow the cell tower.
On July 31, the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously said NO to the special permit application for the cell tower. AT&T will now have to appeal that decision to the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
AT&T will be presenting their plan for the proposed cell tower at this meeting. The meeting will be at the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA and will start at 7:30pm. YOUR PRESENCE IS CRITICAL! We need to let the committee know that a tower does not fit within our community.
The Parklawn Area Citizens Against Cell Towers (PACACT, LLC) is keeping the community informed of next steps and how you can help. Email me, Becky Choi, at email@example.com to find out how to join the listserve.
AT&T will fly a balloon from 8-10am on February 2 (rain date February 9), 2013 from the site of the proposed cell tower on PRA land. Come and view the balloon from Crater and Teton Places and Tonto Court. You will likely be able to see it from other vantage points on Everglades and Yellowstone Drives - TAKE PICTURES! Email your pictures to me, Becky Choi, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parklawn Recreation Association Board voted to continue to work with AT&T to put a 140' cell phone tower and it's equipment in two locations on either side of the driveway down to the pool. The installation of the tower will necessitate the removal of a great deal of older trees (some approaching 100 years old) and destroy the natural canopy of trees that Fairfax County is fighting to preserve. It will also pose possible health risks to the community and its children and reduce property values due to the unsighliness of the tower itself.