Telecommunications Site Assessment & Development

SMG works with telecommunications developers and understands the complex and evolving regulatory hurdles facing the wireless and tower industry. Our work ensures that we are up to date with regulatory changes on a national and regional level.

1/NEPA Assessment for New Cell Tower Development


PROBLEM

A cell tower company wanted to build a tower in a rural area of Virginia where no cell coverage existed. The tower company employed SMG to provide a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and NEPA analysis, including cultural resource surveys and biological surveys. During the archaeological and historic resource survey, an abundance of archaeological artifacts were identified along the proposed access road leading to the site. In addition, numerous threatened or endangered species potentially existed in or around the project area.


SMG'S APPROACH

SMG coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Virginia and prepared a biological assessment of potential impacts to threatened and endangered species. SMG was able to show that the project would not reduce habitat or impact T&E species. SMG also coordinated with an expert archaeologist, the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and Native American tribes to craft a unique site capping plan that was previously untested in Virginia.


RESULTS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Virginia approved SMG’s biological assessment. A first‐of‐its‐kind site cap was approved by the SHPO and Native American tribes so that the site could be accessed while preserving archaeological artifacts in‐place for future generations. SMG’s ability to identify issues early in the process and coordinate with leading experts enabled the site to be developed, while preserving important historical resources.