CHARLOTTE, NC - Homeowners in Piper Glen Estates met with Charlotte leaders about the incoming cell towers planned for the neighborhood.
Residents are trying to keep utility company Crown Castle from installing cell phone towers in their community. The plan is to build four, 28 ft. cell towers. They are set to go on the public right of way in people’s front yards, which is allowed under federal law. The company's goal is to improve cell service.
"You can bank that we are not going to let them put one up. If it gets up, we'll take it down,” said neighbor Dirk Zwiebel.
All of the utilities in the neighborhood are buried underground because people want to maintain a certain look for the area. That's just one reason why people are fighting this so hard. There’s also a concern over how the towers will impact wildlife in the area.
Crown Castle insists they’ll be in-line with FCC environmental rules.
Concerned homeowners had a chance to meet with city leaders on this issue Thursday night.
"We cannot force them to go elsewhere. We can influence what they do,” said Charlotte City Councilmember Ed Driggs.
The hope is to find a common area that's not in anyone's yard. Crown Castle says they're open to considering new spots for the towers.
Because this is a new technology, city leaders are looking into making changes to ordinances in case other neighborhoods go through something similar.
The city could face a lawsuit if leaders tried to stop the cell towers from going in.