You have seen some properties have cell towers and perhaps you are wondering what makes such properties suitable for placement of cell towers. When they spot a suitable land, they enter into negotiation with the property owner and have an agreement to lease the land or purchase it. A search ring is a chosen area by the cell tower company that shows where they need to place the cell tower. Firstly, the land should be in a designated area commonly known as search ring and it should have a substantial number of people and the prevail policies and regulations of the local authority allow for construction of cell towers in the area. If your land is in the search ring, then it has passed the first step and it now proceeds to further evaluation for suitability of the land to the company’s requirements. 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. Adequate space is critical for this undertaking because the need to add subtenants to site might arise in the future. At least your land should have 1000 square feet. In rare circumstances, the cell tower company might accept a land below 1000 square feet because it has plans to accommodate other tenants in the future.
Construction expenses – Cell tower company will prefer to select a land that would be less expensive to construct on and thus, they will ignore that which seems to attract lots of costs. The placement of cell tower is a costly activity and thus, the company will try to find out ways to minimize the costs. Construction costs can be adversely affected if the land is far from a public road, the land is in a flood zone and various ecological conditions.
Site accessibility – After the cell tower construction at a particular site, the cell tower company might want to do routine checks and maintenance of the tower. 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 elevation – The highest point on the site might seem to be the best site for cell tower placement but other factors must be considered. The highest point should be within the search ring and it should be easily reachable and it should have low construction cost. If the highest point does not meet the selection criterion then the cell tower company can pick a different point and adjust the height of the tower.