City of Tustin Caves to Legal Pressure and Allows Cell Tower Application
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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.


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Our Position

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.

Desired Goal

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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

City Hall Rally a Success!

About seventy people showed up for the rally at Tustin City Hall today, many of them children with their parents.  In addition, several members of the zoning commission and other public officials were in attendance.  Our point seems to be gaining some ground with the city - but we have a long way to go.

In addition to the speeches given by various members of our committee, several members of the No on Q campaign from Huntington Beach came down and shared some of the experiences they have had in their fight with T-Mobile.  Their main message: STAY VIGILANT!

The City put out the following press release:


The Tustin Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 7:00 PM on a proposed cell tower and related facilities on a site in Cedar Grove Park.  This public hearing will consider design review hearing 09-33 for the project as proposed by T-Mobile and will take place  in the City Council Chambers at 300 Centennial  Way.

The City's Zoning Administrator initially approved this application after a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  However, Zoning Administrator Elizabeth Binsack vacated her decision on October 27, 2010, in order to allow the matter to be heard by the Planning Commission directly, without the matter having to be appealed.  This decision was made based on the level of community interest in the issue.

So mark your calendars for December 14th!  We need to have a huge turnout for this meeting to show the City that we will not back down on this issue.  An alternate location must be found for this tower!