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. A search ring is a chosen area by the cell tower company that shows where they need to place the cell tower. 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 happens to be within that area of interest, then the cell tower company will make further considerations on various properties to choose the best spot for the cell tower construction. Your land should meet the following conditions.
Area of the land – An appropriate site for the construction of cell tower should have no ongoing activities that might interfere with the placement of the tower. Additionally, the land should have adequate size for the erection of the cell tower. An area of land of approximately 1000 square feet would be adequate for the undertaking. 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.
Construction expenses – The cost of constructing a cell tower might vary depending on the location of the selected site and thus, the company will try to choose a site which has the least expense when erecting the cell tower. Usually the placement of a cell tower is an expensive undertaking and that is why the company is look for economical ways to install it. Construction expenses might be affected by accessibility of the land, property being situated in a flood area, dense tree coverage and other environmental factors.
Accessibility of the cell tower site – A suitable cell tower location should be easily accessible whenever the cell tower company wants to reach the site. Nearness to public road is crucial as the company will not have to use other expensive alternatives to get to the site. Even before construction of the cell tower, closeness of the site to a main road is important to avoid the need of constructing a road to the site which is not a priority of the company.
Site topography – A land at the highest point in the area would be preferable only if it meets the criterion of selection. It would not be viable to construct the cell tower at an elevated place outside the search ring and the construction expenses are high. Further the cell tower company can make up for elevation by increasing the height of the tower appropriately.