During its meeting Tuesday, the Board of County Supervisors voted 5-3 along party lines to approve a request by Community Wireless Services for a cell tower off U.S. 29 near Carver Road. The proposed tower is in the district of Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, who said she believed it was not appropriate for the location and wanted to work with the company to find another site for it.
After Lawson made a motion to deny the request, the board entered the discussion phase in which supervisors typically reveal how they will vote and how they arrived at that decision.
As the discussion evolved, it became clear Lawson’s motion would probably fail.
Supv. Pete Candland noted that “significant changes” and “lifestyle-changing” decisions are being made by supervisors who don’t live in the affected districts. And Lawson said contentious land-use cases have been “shoved down our throats” by the board majority.
“You feel like your head is being dunked in the water. That’s exactly what is going on,” Supv. Jeanine Lawson said. “We expose what’s really going on, and more and more people are starting to figure it out.”