T-Mobile and the City of Tustin planned to erect a 65 foot cell phone tower at the back end of the park near the gate to Peters Canyon Elementary school. The proposal received approval from the Tustin Zoning Commission despite vigorous opposition at the public meeting on Wednesday, October 20th. Due in large part to additional opposition raised by local residents in the days following this meeting, and at the request of Tustin City Council Member Doug Davert, the Zoning Commission decision was vacated on October 27th, and a public hearing before the Planning Commission was set for December 14, 2010, to allow for additional public input.
T-Mobile has redesigned the proposed installation to look like 3, 45' tall flag poles located in the parking area of the park. While this is a better design, it will only accommodate their equipment and, if another carrier wants to place an installation in the park additional towers must be built.
Let them know you are not happy about this!
If you would like to get involved or join our email list please email us at SaveCedarGrovePark@gmail.com.
We are not opposed to the use of cell phones and wireless technology, and acknowledge that cell phone coverage in the Peters Canyon area of Tustin Ranch is sub-standard. However, we feel that Cedar Grove Park is no place for a cell tower due to its historic significance, scenic beauty, and close proximity to Peters Canyon Elementary and Pioneer Middle Schools. We also feel that a tower at this location will have a negative impact on property values of homes nearby. Once it is done, it cannot be undone.
Our goal is to convince the Planning Commission, Tustin City Council, and T-Mobile to consider alternate sites for a cell tower to serve the needs of the Peters Canyon area that will have less negative impact on the neighboring communities.
Many cities around Southern California are in battles with their city officials and T-Mobile, or other cell service providers, due to the proliferation of cell towers in residential neighborhoods. Often the first notice residents have of a tower going up is when the construction crews arrive to start breaking ground. We advocate greater transparency in the selection process of these sites and inclusion of the local residents in the final approval to assure that the best possible site is selected and the negative impacts to the community are minimized.
An alternate location for a cell installation exists just 400 yards from Cedar Grove Park at the Orange County Fire Authority complex on Jamboree Road. Two cell towers have been approved for construction there and Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have already agreed to place their equipment at this facility. We feel T-Mobile should do the same.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This action marks the end of our over two year effort to block this cell tower installation. In, addition, it opens the park up to additional wireless carriers. Now that the city has allowed one carrier in the park they cannot lawfully deny others. They have set a precedent that has implications for years to come. We may have to rename this park to Cellular Grove Park in the near future.
All of this in spite of the fact that the cellular installation at the OC Fire Authority, just 400 yards away, can house up to 5 carriers. The stupidity boggles the mind.
I would ask any Tustin resident reading this blog to reflect on these issues the next time you go to the polls. Ask yourself if the person you are about to vote for really has your best interest in mind, or if they are more concerned with cozying up to big business interests and selling city assets off to the highest bidder.
Watch out Citrus Ranch Park. You're next...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Mayor Amante raised several objections to the denial, and forced a vote on the issue separate from the rest of the items on the agenda. The vote was split 3-2 in favor of affirming the denial of the application with Councilman Murry siding with Amante as he did on the original vote.
T-Mobile's representative was allowed an opportunity to speak to the council again to state his case. He made several pleas to allow the project to move forward and even threatened to place a tower on the sidewalk in the public right-of-way if he did not get the location in the park.
In the end, however, council members Nielsen, Gavello, and Gomez were unwavering in their support for the denial.
The members of the SaveCedarGovePark organization wish to thank all of the supporters who have assisted the campaign to stop this tower in our local park. This victory shows that individuals still have the power to control what happens in their communities if they are willing to stand up and be heard.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The city staff was directed to compile findings to present at the next council meeting that will be entered into the public record as grounds for denial of the application.
Thoughtful commentary was provided by each of the council members. In particular, Mayor Amante raised interesting questions about what the city's position will be going forward in regard to cell tower placement on city property.
For the moment, however, it would appear that Cedar Grove Park will be free of cell tower installations for the foreseeable future.
Thank you to all of the supporters who attended the meeting tonight. We had an excellent turnout and demonstrated to the City Council that we are concerned residents who take pride in our neighborhood and want to protect the natural beauty of our parks!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This decision was postponed at the July 19th City Council meeting in order for the council to consider all of the information they had received from T-Mobile and those opposed to the installation. At that meeting, Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante asked the City staff to gather specific information to present to all of the council members so that they would be sufficiently informed to make a decision on the cell tower installation.
Specifically, he asked for:
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The City Council's decision will be the final word on this installation. If approved, the project will move forward and there will be a cell tower in Cedar Grove Park.
Please attend the meeting and voice your opinion on this installation.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Save Cedar Grove Park Committee received word of Nielsen's action on the appeal filing deadline, May 7, 2011. The Committee had an appeal prepared and was set to file it with the city clerk on Friday.
THANK YOU to all who wrote to the council members expressing your opinion on this issue. The volume of letters and emails they received obviously has convinced them that they must listen to our concerns.
According to Tustin City Code, the hearing before the City Council must occur within 60 days of the filing date. Therefore, expect the hearing to take place sometime before July 6, 2011.
Please stay vigilant and watch this website for updates. The City Council hearing will be OUR FINAL OPPORTUNITY to kill this installation once and for all. We must have a large turnout to convince them that a cell site does not belong at Cedar Grove Park!
The request for a hearing relieved us from the $1500 fee required for filing the appeal. Therefore, we will gladly refund the donations of anyone who contributed during our recent round of fund raising. Donations retained will go toward defraying the cost of signs and leaflets created to notify residents of the upcoming City Council hearings once they are scheduled.