Land Use Expert Witness In Verizon Wireless Case

fg_000002084795Verizon Wireless has filed a lawsuit against the Freehold Township, New Jersey, Zoning Board of Adjustment after the town denied an application to construct a cellular communications tower on property at Route 537. A communications expert witness testified during hearings that Verizon is designing the 4G network in order to provide service in areas with gaps in network coverage. Verizon claims the zoning board’s December 10, 2015 denial of a use variance was without legal basis.

While traditionally property owners have objected to the installation of a cell tower in their neighborhoods because of radiation emissions and the lowering of property values, land use planning expert witness F. Masters Jr. testified that the proposed site is suitable for the cell tower construction. He described the site as meeting technical requirements as well as being situated near major traffic corridors, having a significant vegetative buffer and the largest parcel in the site search. Masters recommended that the board grant the use variance for the cell tower at 391 Monmouth Road.

The case of New York SMSA Limited Partnership (Verizon Wireless) against the zoning board was filed on December, 28th in New Jersey state Superior Court, Freehold, NJ.

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