Residential Cell Tower Ordinance May Be Amended in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem’s City Council will meet to discuss amending an ordinance to allow cell tower construction in residential areas. You’ll find cell towers and cell phone tower leases are required in all areas, particularly if consumers would like wireless coverage in their homes. This is in an effort to improve wireless and data services to home consumers in the vicinity. “Nationally, about 30 percent of homes use wireless service exclusively. In Forsyth County, about three of every four calls to 9-1-1 come from wireless devices. The wireless companies – our customers – need to meet their customers’ demands for service and in order to do that they need antennas in multiple locations, especially in areas of high demand,” states a representative from a cell tower company, as reported on

Winston-Salem property owners need to be aware of the terms of the lease agreement if approached for cell tower placement in the future. It is important to have proper counsel who can work to negotiate terms that establish rights that are beneficial to the landowner while limiting the obligations that same party may have under that same agreement, or more to the point get the most and give up the least. A property owner’s first step will need to be to establish “True Value” of its site and go from there.


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