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1. ## Cell tower width

We have a little quandry here at the office. We have an applicant who wishes to construct a cellular tower disguised as a light pole. We had no problem with that, but still sent him under our special review process. At the required neighborhood meeting he said the light pole would be 30 inches wide.

Is this common?
Are there other examples of smaller cell tower/light poles?

2. Sorry zman, I have seen only bad examples of this kind "stealth". Structural engineering and not easthetics is going to determine the necessary width of the monopole. IMHO If the proposed monopole is grossly disproportionate to the common item it is trying to disguise itself as, it will fail to be a stealth application and will be a visual nusiance. If that is the case, deny deny deny!

3. The basic problem is they have to get (usually) three antennas inside that thing. Technology has limitations with this respect. If all three sectors are to be at the same height, it will be pretty thick. If they can stagger the height, it can be thinner. The coax runs are probably 7/8" thick and there are quite a few of them, but they can definitely fit in less than 30".

4. Just out of curiosity, how tall is this thing? Are you going to have a "light pole" that is 150' tall and 3' wide?

5. Originally posted by Cardinal
Just out of curiosity, how tall is this thing? Are you going to have a "light pole" that is 150' tall and 3' wide?
It looks to be 35 feet tall and 30inches wide was the "Maximum" he told our office. So we'll see what they can plan.

6. Originally posted by zmanPLAN
It looks to be 35 feet tall and 30inches wide was the "Maximum" he told our office. So we'll see what they can plan.
35' tall with a 30" base seems excessive. The arrays I have dealt with are usually about 10 feet tall, thus the pole would seem to only serve one provider. In the most recent flagpole tower we approved the base of a 150' tower was only 3.5'. I checked the top measurements and found it to be about 24' wide and at 35 feet from the top 30" wide. However this increase in width would appear to be necessary to accommodate the three different arrays that would be provided. I would think they could get by with the pole being 24" wide throughout if it is only serving one provider. Also, for the pole we just approved, the arrays are to be located internal to the tower - thus the 24" width at the top. Is the array in your case to be internal or external? It would seem that an external array could support an even narrower pole. Just my opinion.

7. This was not my project, but a little research of the Throbbing Brain was in order.

It turns out this project is to take place in the parking lot of the Country Club.... so we'll see where it goes next....

Thanks for the input Cyb....

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