Fauquier Planning Commission recommends approval for cell tower
The placement of a cellular tower near a Civil War study area in Atoka has taken another step forward despite opposition from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
Last week, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Verizon's 80-foot stealth silo off Plum Run Lane near the Fauquier-Loudoun County border.
The lone dissenter on the commission was Adrienne Garreau.
If constructed, the tower would be built in close proximity to the site of the cavalry battles of Aldie-Middleburg-Upperville during the Civil War.
Critics of the plan have said they would rather see the telecommunications giant co-locate on an existing tower in the area or not build one at all.
Verizon officials have stated in their application that the extra height on their proposed tower is necessary to improve their coverage in the area.
"The Mosby Heritage Area Association and its members were very disappointed in the Fauquier County Planning Commission's split decision to approve Verizon
Wireless' application for a pseudo-silo cell tower at Atoka," said Henry Plaster, member of the MHAA Preservation Committee in an email Friday. "In the judgment of the several organizations in opposition, the applicant had not justified either the location or the height."
The battles of Aldie-Middleburg-Upperville allowed Confederate general Robert E. Lee to take his army up to Gettysburg, a well-documented turning point in the war.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association is overseeing a grant from the American Battlefield Preservation Program of the National Park Service to protect the lands from development.
As required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, DHR must be afforded time to study an area being considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
Plaster hopes that the study will be completed before the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors votes on the issue. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.
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