AT&T Short Hill Mountain Facility
With little public notice or input, the Loudoun County Planning Commission has voted to approve AT&T’s request for a commission permit to build a 160,000 square foot (3.5 acre), 35 foot tall facility on the ridge of Short Hill Mountain in western Loudoun. The Commission’s recommendation for approval will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisor’s at their May 19th meeting at the County building in Leesburg at 5:00 p.m. There will be a community meeting at the Lovettsville Game Association building on May 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with the Blue Ridge Coalition stand in opposition to this proposed facility and the significant impact it will have on the economic and environmental life of the Blue Ridge.
We invite our friends and members to take some time to express their concerns regarding this facility to the Board of Supervisors, and, if able, join us at either or both of these meetings. Below you will find resources illustrating the impact this project will have on our area, including the original application, a map of the Short Hill Mountain view-shed (areas in gold indicate locations from which the facility will be visible), records indicating that AT&T pays no tax on this installation, and Friends’ position statement on the proposal.
Position statement on behalf of Friends pertaining to the proposed AT&T development
I seriously and honestly agree with the Appalachian Trail & Nature Conservancy that this is a super bad Idea! 🙁 This had to be carefully thought out and reconsidered again with compromise.