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12/6/2012 2:14:00 PM
Editorial: Cell phone towers as pine trees? Get used to the view

In the past, it's been water storage tanks, wastewater treatment plants and landfills.

Today, it's cell phone towers.

You'll get no argument that we need them. Locating them in a place that will make everyone happy is quite another matter.

AT&T is proposing two Verde Valley towers. The application to Yavapai County Planning and Zoning shows the structures will stand 99-feet tall and be located at Sedona Shadows west of Sedona and in Verde Village northwest of the Quick Country Store on South Village Drive.

Most folks are indifferent to the proposal, viewing it as a necessity for improved cell phone service. But for people who own homes near the proposed towers, you'll hear the predictable complaints that they will decrease property values and block views.

Consider this: The standard utility pole in the United States is 30- to 40-feet tall and some reach heights of 120 feet. They block our views, and we get used to it. The flag pole at Sedona Shadows stands 80-feet tall. It too blocks views. We've gotten used to it. We have a water tank up on top of a hill in Cottonwood that blocks views. We've gotten used to it.

In Jerome, the Grand Hotel most certainly blocks our view of Mingus Mountain, yet we refer to it as "Arizona's mile high historic landmark."

At least in the case of the proposed AT&T towers, they are to be designed to look like pine trees. For the record, pine trees can grow to be 100-feet tall. Some people might say these tall pines block their view. Others see them as part of the view.

And, some people simply cannot see the forest for the trees.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Put the tower up and watch the home values
die,along with your childs white cells.
Oh sorry the Gov says it's as safe as compton Ca.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

I believe it's possible for these towers to be uniquely designed to suit a location without looking like a bad imitation of something else. Get the neighborhood involved in the design process.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

How beautiful in the Hollywood setting provided.
Perhaps we can put it near a church,so the children can decorate it.
With such beauty home values will no doubt double.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: T. Hearn

Hefty and timely neighborhood concern wouldn't hurt, though. Companies like AT&T usually prefer happy rate-payers to sullen sheep...especially when they are trying to enter an already competitive area.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Betty Hayes

The issue here is not simply whether or not a cell tower is needed. The issue is where you put it. The 99 ft. monopine tower they are proposing to build at Sedona Pines will require the waiver of several county regulations that are intended to keep cell towers at a distance from residences and roads. I have seen no evidence that AT&T attempted to find other locations that would not violate these regulations.

Furthermore, the only other thing nearby that is anywhere near that height is - the 80 ft cell tower disguised as a flag pole. I beg to differ about the value of views - if scenic views were not important, Sedona would be out of business, cell phone coverage or not. This tower is going to be built on what is supposed to be a scenic road - and there's no way that a monopine tower is going to enhance that scenery.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

re: They don't look like pine trees

I think the pine tree cell phone towers are a big improvement over the way cell phone towers can and used to look.

Ever heard the expression " he would complain even if they hung him with a new rope?"

Its your cell phone along with a few other people that made them things a necessary evil.

Everyone knows the need, but "not in my neighborhood" is always the complaints you here.

Life is change , get used to it.
just my two cents for what its worth

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Views Have Little Value

You can't eat a view. You can't really sell a view no matter how much the real estate folks try to. You can physically see the improvement in day to day life in a cell phone tower, just as folks see the day to day value in a power pole and the electricity it delivers.
If this whole viewshed thing is important to you, buy more land and refuse to sell it to anyone or any entity taller than a goat.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: They don't look like pine trees

Disagree -- they don't look like pine trees. They look like cheap fake pine trees.

They are ugly.

My cell reception is fine as is. We don't need more of these things.

Speak up, speak out, make your voice heard.

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