Stop a New Bill on Cell Towers In Front Of Homes!

Mark your calendar! Oct 4th Rally to Stop Cell Towers 30 Feet From Homes

Check back on this webpage for updates to our Rally plans to stop the proposed ZTA 22-01!

Meet at 11:30 am, Tuesday, Oct. 4th

Steps of the Montgomery County Council building

100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 (see directions)

Download and share this flyer to promote the rally!

Don't want a cell tower 30 feet from your bedroom window?

Click START WRITING on the right-hand side of this page to use our 1-minute tool to tell the Council !

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to vote in October on ZTA 22-01, which will allow utility poles to be transformed into cell towers just 30 feet from homes!

30 FEET!

You will get NO public notice, no public hearing, and no right to appeal, as long as the pole is at least 30 feet away in any residential neighborhood, which includes houses and apartments.

The MoCo Council PHED Committee meets on Monday October 3 – tell them NOT to recommend 22-01 to the full Council! Click “START WRITING” on the right-hand side of this page.

Thank you to the approximately 400 residents who wrote letters to the County Council and County Executive opposing 22-01. After receiving your letters, the Council increased the number of slots for residents at the September 13 public hearing from only 6 up to 15 slots.

42 residents signed up to testify against 22-01 (thank you again!), however the Council left 27 of them stranded on the waitlist, barred from speaking. The Council declined to move the hearing to a full nighttime hearing to allow all residents on the waitlist to speak. Click here to watch video testimony. Every single resident who signed up to testify or submitted testimony opposed this ZTA. It was unanimous. The only people who testified in favor were 2 lobbyists and the chairman of the County Planning Board, an employee selected by the County Council.

ACTION you can take right now: Click START WRITING on the right-hand side of this page do use our 1-minute tool to tell the Council to:

1) Remove 22-01 from the PHED Committee agenda on October 3 and cancel all action on ZTA 22-01 this term.

2) Meet with members of our coalition who have requested meetings with multiple Council members regarding ZTA 22-01.

A number of Councilmembers have declined to speak with constituents and members of our coalition regarding 22-01. We hope Councilmembers will recall that they are elected to represent their constituents, not to rubber-stamp bills for lobbyists.

We are cc:ing these emails to all candidates for County Council and County Executive in the upcoming November election. We encourage all candidates to urge the outgoing, lame-duck Council not to take any further action on this issue and allow the incoming Council to consider changes to the zoning code and wireless regulations.

It's time to show the Council that we cannot be ignored: Let's rally together against the bad idea of cell towers just 30 feet from bedroom windows. Bring signs and stand with us, on the steps of the County Council, 11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 4th!

Background on ZTA 22-01

Last year, the County Council adopted ZTA 19-07, a zoning law pushed through for the wireless industry after six years of residents’ intense objections. Despite finally passing this ZTA, the lead sponsor of 19-07 and 22-01 is claiming that the language of last year’s bill was “not exactly as intended” and needs further correction. He wants to pass yet another ZTA to make it even easier for the wireless industry to install thousands of antennas just 30 feet from homes, on existing utility or light poles.    

30 feet is not the magic number!

There is no FCC requirement, no plausible legal justification, for the 30-foot cell antenna setback of ZTA 22-01. It is yet another gratuitous handout to the wireless industry.

ZTA 22-01 and 19-07 do not provide for any prior notice to residents, or any right of hearing or appeal, for cell towers 30 or more feet from homes. Utility poles contemplated under 22-01 have NO HEIGHT LIMIT.

The Council’s own staff, in its Racial Equity and Social Justice impact statement on ZTA 22-01, did not find that 22-01 would have a positive net impact on racial equity or social justice in the County. And that was after relying on a “report” that was “generously” supported by T-Mobile. At the same time, Council staff noted that “if the reduced set back requirements for small cell towers authorized under ZTA 22-01 results in negative health outcomes, this in turn could widen health disparities by race and ethnicity.” The statement did not even consider the social justice impacts of close proximity towers on vulnerable populations. Read residents’ RESJ analysis and the staff’s reply.

BACK TO THE TOP TO START YOUR LETTER

Want To Do More?

Promote the rally! Print flyers, distribute to your neighbors and local community groups, and share online!

Submit written testimony! Send personal emails to the council, call their offices, leave voicemails, tweet at them publicly, and request one-on-one meetings.

SHARE this link! Tell your friends, post on social media! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-zta-22-01

PS - GOOD NEWS! Your voices were heard by Moco’s Board of Education! Thanks to all who responded to the alert last month regarding the proposal to hide all future cell tower applications from review by the Board. Thanks to your emails, the Board said they had “heard from the community” and removed the vote from the agenda. However, they could bring the vote back at any time so stay tuned for future developments.



Don't want a cell tower 30 feet from your bedroom window?

The Montgomery County Council will soon vote on ZTA 22-01, which will allow utility poles to be transformed into short cell towers!

30 FEET!

You will get NO routine public notice or public hearing as long as the pole is at least 30 feet from your house.

The MoCo Council is having a public hearing on September 13 and will vote soon after!

Help Us Defeat ZTA 22-01

Last year, the County Council  adopted ZTA 19-07, a zoning law pushed through for the wireless industry over six years of residents’ intense objections. Despite finally passing this ZTA, the lead sponsor of 19-07 and 22-01 is claiming that the language of last years’ bill was “not exactly as intended” and needs further correction. He wants to pass yet another ZTA to make it even easier for the wireless industry to install thousands of antennas just 30 feet from homes, on existing utility or light poles.

30 feet is not the magic number!

There is no FCC requirement, no plausible legal justification, for the 30 foot cell antenna setback of ZTA 22-01. It is yet another gratuitous handout to the wireless industry.

Two Things To Do NOW:

1. CLICK "START WRITING" on the right side of this page TO EMAIL THE COUNCIL.

Tell Council President Gabe Albornoz (At-Large) and the rest of the lame-duck Council to cancel all plans to consider ZTA 22-01 and allow the incoming Council to consider changes to the zoning code. The lead sponsor of 22-01 lost in the primary election but is intent on one more giveaway to the wireless industry before stepping down from the Council this winter.

2. ALSO CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW for the wait list to speak against ZTA 22-01 at the MoCo Council’s Public Hearing on Sept. 13th.

The Council plans to allow only 9 residents to speak for 2 minutes each at a short hearing on Sept. 13th. We must show them how many of us oppose this bad bill by making this a very long wait list!

Signing up is easy, and so is speaking – it can be as simple as stating your name, you’re a County resident, and if you’re against ZTA 22-01.

We are urging the current lame-duck Council to leave this matter to the incoming Council. However if the current Council insists on holding a hearing on ZTA 22-01, a long wait list will show them they need to hold a longer nighttime hearing so that many more folks are able to testify.

ZTA 22-01 and 19-07 do not provide for any prior notice to residents, or any right of hearing or appeal, for cell towers 30 or more feet from homes. The Council’s own staff, in its Racial Equity and Social Justice impact statement on ZTA 22-01, did not find that 22-01 would have a positive net impact on racial equity or social justice in the County. And that was after relying on a “report” that was “generously” supported by T-Mobile. At the same time, they noted that “if the reduced set back requirements for small cell towers authorized under ZTA 22-01 results in negative health outcomes, this in turn could widen health disparities by race and ethnicity.” The statement did not even consider the social justice impacts of close proximity towers on vulnerable populations.

CLICK HERE to SIGN UP NOW for the Waiting List to testify against ZTA 22-01 at the Council’s Public Hearing on Sept. 13th.

Want To Do More?

Submit written testimony! Send personal emails to the council, call their offices, leave voicemails, tweet at them publicly, and request one-on-one meetings.

SHARE this link! Tell your friends, post on social media! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-zta-22-01

This will increase our chances of postponing a vote on 22-01!

PS - GOOD NEWS! Your voices were heard by Moco’s Board of Education! Thanks to all who responded to the alert last week regarding the proposal to hide all future cell tower applications from review by the Board. Thanks to your emails, the Board said they had “heard from the community” and removed the vote from the agenda. However, they could bring the vote back at any time so stay tuned for future developments.