Oct 15 2017

Notice: October 16 Council Meeting on Cell Tower Decision

City Notice:

Wireless Application for Sites Near Piedmont High School  Mon., Oct. 16th – 7:30  PM  City Council Chambers

The City Council considered the Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances submitted by Crown Castle NG West LLC and Beacon Development at its regular meeting on October 2, 2017. The City Council continued the Public Hearing to its regular meeting of October 16, 2017 and directed staff to prepare draft resolutions approving, with conditions, the proposed sites at or near 340-370 Highland Avenue, 740 Magnolia Avenue, and 799 Magnolia Avenue. The Council directed staff to prepare draft resolutions denying the applications at or near 150 Highland Avenue, 303 Hillside Avenue, 428 El Cerrito Avenue, 352 Jerome Avenue, and 1159 Winsor Avenue. The City Council will take action on these applications at the October 16, 2017 regular meeting. The staff report and attachments for this Council meeting are available on the City Council Staff Report Page. The City Council directed staff to work with the applicant to improve the design proposed for 314 Wildwood Avenue and to present the application and plans to the Park Commission before Council action on the proposal.

Crown Castle and Beacon Development filed applications 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 projects consist 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 light. The applicants have proposed that ground equipment related to the pole top antennas be located in various locations including cabinets shaped like mailboxes, behind shrouds mounted on poles and street lights, and 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.


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