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Winston-Salem City Council votes in favor of allowing cell tower

Winston-Salem Journal;

December 27, 2017

Nexsen Pruet attorney Tom Johnson recently represented a client in a successful hearing for approval of the installation of a cellphone transmission tower in the Ardmore neighborhood of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, despite significant neighborhood opposition.

The Winston-Salem City Council members voted 5 to 2 in favor of putting up the tower. 

An excerpt from the Winston-Salem Journal:

The tower will be built by Communications Tower Group LLC, whose attorney, Tom Johnson of Raleigh, said that two appraisers had conducted studies that showed a cell tower would not cause property values to drop.

The tower would be a so-called slick stick, meaning that it would have no externally visible attachments and appear as a bare pole standing 150 feet tall behind the church. 

The vote also received coverage from

The Journal highlighted the process for approval including that "the cell tower proponents had to meet four “findings of fact”: That public health and safety would not be affected by the tower; that the tower met all the city’s conditions for placement; that it would not hurt property values; and that the tower would be in harmony with the area in which it was placed."

Tom Johnson is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law - Business, Commercial, Industrial and Residential Transactions. He is Chair of the Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and is an LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also listed in Super Lawyers for 2017 in Land Use/Zoning and ranked by Chambers and Partners in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use for 2017.