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Neighbors, Planners Concerned about Proposed Nelson Cell Tower

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A proposed cell tower in part of Nelson County is kicking up some controversy.

The AT&T tower is slated to go up in Afton, but not everyone is happy about it. The proposal has been submitted, but people living near where the tower would go are worried about their homes - and the view.

Now, the county planning director himself says he has concerns.

The proposed location is on an unnamed mountain in Afton, between Sunrise Drive and Glass Hollow Road. It's surrounded by residences, and many are worried a giant tower would ruin what is a particularly nice view.

Twelve community members spoke out against the plan during a Nelson County Planning Commission meeting earlier this month. People are also concerned about the effect on the environment. County planner Tim Padalino says his main concern is agritourism - the county's biggest industry.

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