Ogden neighborhood not happy about cell tower plan
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A new, nearly 200-foot cell phone tower is on the horizon if New Hanover County approves a special-use permit. But it won't reach the sky if some residents have anything to say about it.

Paul Passante wants to keep the proposed cell phone tower out of his neighborhood.

"A tower of that height, almost 200 feet, is really going to be a deterrent to anybody thinking of the Ogden area as a nice place to move in once they see something so tall sticking up that high above the tree line," Passante said.

He's put out his own signs letting his neighbors know that a company wants to build a cell tower in the woods off Wendover Lane near the Big Lots on Market Street. Passante wants residents to show up and voice their concerns at an upcoming public hearing.

"People don't really know what it will do," he said. "I've looked at the Cancer Society website, and they think it might be negligible. Then you find other websites that talk there could be problems down the road."

The New Hanover County Planning Board is reviewing the application for a special use permit to make sure the tower would be appropriate in this location.

"They need to show the proposed use follows all the info in the ordinance, that it isn't going to harm anybody's property value, that it's not going to be a hazard, and that it's in harmony with the neighborhood," Planning & Zoning Director Chris O'Keefe said.

But when it comes to harmony, some of residents who live nearby might not get the message.

Residents have started a petition, urging the Planning Board to reject the special use permit.

The public hearing is at the County Commission Chambers, October 4 at 5:30 p.m.

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Research has shown that cell phones emit more radiation while there is low signal strength.The phone has to work harder to reach far away towers. Anyone who lives in the Ogden area, especially middle sound loop, knows signal strength is weak to non existent depending on their provider. So the addition of a cell tower would reduce the harm of cell phones, and if big lots is in your back yard you already have a crappy view anyway.

Is there not a commercial area where they can put the tower so that it isn't in someone's backyard?

1000 feet west and they could put in a commercial district. There is room right besides Big Lots for a tower.

So they are upset at the tower. BUT, they still use their cell phones and other devices but don't want a tower in their backyard. Talk about not thinking as to what they are complaining about.
I don't like towers either but we are a technology driven lifestyle now.

I have no problems with cell towers. They are something that is necessary in todays world where everyone has "gone wireless".

Everyone waits in line for hours and hours to get the new iPhone 5, but what's that? No signal when you're in your house? That big fancy expensive phone doesn't work unless there is a cell tower somewhere nearby. The same goes for any wireless devices. Wireless means it uses radio waves, and the requires antennas and towers.

I call this the "NIMBY" syndrome. Everyone wants their fancy schmancy wireless devices to work with lightning fast data speed and crystal clear calling without dropping calls, but they don't want the tower anywhere near their home. Which do you want, a 600.00 phone that works or a 600.00 phone that doesn't work, but a house sitting on a lot that is valued at way more than what it is really worth?

If people want to keep going wireless, you gotta sacrifice something. And don't keep saying that these cell towers are a "distraction". Most of the modern world never notices these towers, unless they can see it from their porch or dock. Other than that, they don't see them. It seems to me that there are lots of people out there that do not want their towers near their houses, but think it is ok to put them up somewhere else, as long as it doesn't bother them.

How many of these people have ever seen WWAY's analog tower out in Winnabow? Or the old WECT stick out near White Lake? These thing are huge, but are necessary in order the TV signal to be broadcast out and received by so many people in outlying areas...again, wireless.