I would like to thank the residents of Alta Vista Drive and new friends from Brook Hills who joined together to fight the proposed installation of a 35-foot tall cell tower by AT&T on a vacant lot near 3862 Alta Vista Drive.
I would like to thank the Fallbrook Planning Group who unanimously voted to reject this proposal and the 60 supporters that attended the meeting Feb. 17 and showed their opposition by standing as a group.
The installation of the 35-foot monopine with 12 antenna, 21 remote radio units, several microwave dishes and a 50KW diesel generator would forever have changed the nature of this quiet rural neighborhood to one of industrial/commercial.
The installation would have had a tremendous and long-lasting, negative impact both on the neighborhood and the residents. Emotional items that could not be mentioned at the Fallbrook Planning Group meeting such as health risks, drop in property values, and loss of views were nevertheless of importance to the people that live here.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are swiftly, but quietly, moving into Fallbrook residential neighborhoods to install cell towers with minimal challenges from residents because awareness of this invasion is kept low by the telecom companies.
In January, the Fallbrook Planning Group voted on allowing two cell towers to be constructed; in February they voted on another four proposed installations. Expansion of cell coverage in the area is necessary but it must be controlled, intelligent, and thought out which is currently not the case.