Verizon tower to be discussed at public hearing
Published 11:16 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Southampton County Planning Commission will have a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 8, regarding a request by Verizon Wireless to install a 199-foot monopole tower at the intersection of Plank Road (Route 35) and Wakefield Road (State Route 628).
“There is a demonstrable need for coverage in this area,” Verizon agent Jeff Holland said. “Many citizens do not currently have access to high-speed, high-quality internet in their homes and businesses or while they travel on nearby roads and highways. Instead, they often drive to public places in order to do school work, shop online or communicate with customers, friends and family.”
The proposed tower would enhance Verizon’s coverage area around Sebrell, as the village only gets “marginal coverage” — according to the wireless company — from the tower in Courtland.
Also to be discussed at the 7:30 p.m. meeting is the draft of the U.S. Route 58 Corridor Study, the proposed Camp Parkway Commerce Center and zoning ordinance amendments, as well as the preparation of a bicycle and pedestrian plan by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.