The APA typically strives to keep the elevation of cell towers as low as possible to limit the impact on the park's aesthetic character.
But for the council, taller towers are more desirable than several at the same location.
"Even a slightly taller tower will have less environmental impact, that having to construct a second tower," Lorey said. "Depending on locations, a second tower may require additional tree cutting, road building and utilities to be installed."
APA staff and cell carrier executives have said that in order for co-location to be effective, towers would have to be significantly taller to accommodate multiple cellular arrays.
According to cell carrier officials, the average cost of construction of out-park towers is $57,000, while in the park the cost nearly doubles to $104,000.