The visual impact of the cell tower would be severe.
Napier Ridge or Watoosa Ridge is prominent , and can be seen from Chickmauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (the Battlefield), Chickamauga, Ringgold, Rock Spring, Lookout Mountain and Lafayette. A 189′ tower would be higher above the ridge line than the 150′ ridge is above the surrounding area.
There are currently no cell towers on the ridge; many local residents will prefer to keep the view they already enjoy.
Excellent cell coverage for the area is already provided by the 300′ tower (“big pine tree”) on the US 27 Bypass in Chickamauga, and rural towers in Noble and Rock Spring, Georgia.
Below are photos of cell towers near the Walker county line in St Elmo (Hamilton County, TN). This ridge is similar in height to Watoosa/Napier Ridge.
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