Sep 15 2017

Wireless Communication Antennas Hearing Rescheduled for October 2

Five antennas on utility poles, three antennas on street light poles, and one antenna on a new street light were proposed near Piedmont High School and Piedmont Park.  More information >HERE.

The public hearing on applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances submitted by Crown Castle NG West LLC and Beacon Development previously scheduled for September 5, 2017, has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017.  A new public notice will be given at least fourteen days in advance of the hearing. Applications and project plans received on September 8, 2017 have been posted to the Planning Department webpage.

This postponement is due to the applicants’ indication that they would submit revised applications and plans to the City prior to the original hearing date. Though these documents have not been submitted to date, there is not adequate time to analyze these plans or provide notice to the public prior to the originally scheduled hearing date.


Crown Castle and Beacon Development filed an application in November 2016 for nine Verizon distributed antenna system wireless communication facilities, located generally around Piedmont Park and Piedmont High School. Crown Castle is a company that builds wireless communications facilities and then leases them to wireless service providers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.

The project consists of five installations on the tops of existing utility poles, three installations on the tops of existing street light poles, and one installation on a new street light. The applicants have proposed that ground equipment related to the pole top antennas be located in underground vaults in the sidewalk. The proposal will require review by both the Park Commission and Planning Commission, as well as final approval from the City Council. Click to read more information about the application and the review process.

The Piedmont Park Commission and Planning Commission considered this application in June, and  a wireless Facilities Update facilities study session was held in August.

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