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Emerging Issues: Site Location of Communication & Wind Towers

April 09, 2009 - 7:30AM
to 9:00AM

Clarion Hotel Portland
(formerly the DoubleTree Hotel)
1230 Congress Street
Portland, ME

About the Event:

Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact MEREDA at 874-0801 for more details.

This one-hour presentation will provide landowners and developers with a summary of transactional trends and siting concerns in the development and location of communications technology towers and small wind power infrastructure.

Mobile communications technology continues to expand its reach geographically, increase its sophistication and capacity, and respond to innovation and technological evolution.  With growth and change comes an increasing and ever-shifting need for sites to serve as the location of infrastructure.  Tower operators continue to increase density and plan for new technology or for higher saturation of existing technology in response to increased demand and performance of mobile communications equipment.  This presentation will advise landowners on emerging strategies of tower development and will touch briefly on the scope of local, state and federal compliance issues presented by the location of these highly regulated structures on real estate. 

The program will also address emerging issues in the location of small scale and/or “micro” wind power infrastructure and the relevant concerns for landowners and developers evaluating the potential for wind power development.

Panelists Include:

Peter J. Van Hemel is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, Mr. Van Hemel specializes in commercial lease negotiations, development projects including telecommunications and wind energy, transactional work, boundary disputes, and easement negotiations.

Mr. Van Hemel received his JD cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 2001, and his BA in International Relations from The College of William & Mary in 1995. He resides in Kennebunk, Maine.

Robert J. Crawford is a shareholder at Bernstein Shur and is a member of the Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group.  He has practiced in the area of municipal law since 1989.  He routinely advises both municipalities and private clients in land use, property taxation and permitting matters.  He represents counties, municipalities and private clients in the development, siting and transactional details related to communication and cell service towers. He also represents wind developers in economic development and taxation matters.  

Rob attended Colgate University and The Evergreen State College where he earned his BA degree in field biology.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude in 1989. 

Amanda A. Meader is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of municipal and land use law, including zoning and land use issues, municipal administration and municipal regulatory affairs.  She also has experience in commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, dispositions, sales and leasing.  Amanda has assisted private and public sector clients with land use issues related to tower permitting as well as with the negotiation of leases for communications towers.

Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Bates College in 2001 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 2004.

News About This Event:

02/17/2009   Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Hosts Breakfast Seminar on Topics in Real Estate and Site Location of Communication and Wind Towers   Release
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