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 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. Here are some of the things that they tend to look into.
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. 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.
Cost of construction – Just like any other business entity, cell tower companies would want to minimize their construction costs and thus, they would prefer a land that would facilitate easy and cheap construction. Every business tries to minimize costs of operation and cell tower companies are no exception to this. Construction expenses might be affected by accessibility of the land, property being situated in a flood area, dense tree coverage and other environmental factors.
Site accessibility – After the cell tower construction at a particular site, the cell tower company might want to do routine checks and maintenance of the tower. 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 elevation – The highest point on the site might seem to be the best site for cell tower placement but other factors must be considered. It would not be viable to construct the cell tower at an elevated place outside the search ring and the construction expenses are high. 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.