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Recent Developments in Virginia Regarding Zoning

A federal court in Virginia ruled that a city council acted unlawfully when it denied a church's request to construct two cellular antenna towers on its property.

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Key point. City governments cannot arbitrarily deny requests from churches to construct telecommunications towers on their property.

A federal court in Virginia ruled that a city council acted unlawfully when it denied a church's request to construct two cellular antenna towers on its property. AT&T holds a license from the Federal Communications Commission to serve the Virginia Beach region in Virginia with digital wireless service. Digital wireless service requires a system of overlapping "cells" or transmission areas in order to provide uninterrupted data transmission and phone service. In order to provide such digital wireless services to individuals in the Virginia Beach area, AT&T began searching for antenna sites. It investigated a number of potential sites, which were rejected for aesthetic or technical reasons, before contacting a Methodist church. The congregation agreed ...

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  • May 1, 1998

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