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.
Friday, January 7, 2011
T-Mobile adamant about Cedar Grove Site
They didn't have any new information to provide regarding the viability of the alternative OC Fire Authority site - even though we have been asking to see that analysis since the Planning Commission hearing on December 14. They just kept saying "The Cedar Grove site is the only site in the area that will give us the proper coverage."
When asked where the data was that showed that the OCFA site would not work they claimed their RF engineer (who unfortunately could not make it to the meeting last night) had it, but, for some reason, it just wasn't available for the meeting.
They claimed that the OCFA site would be a good candidate to serve other areas, but declined to specify what those areas might be. And when asked if that meant that they would like to be in both locations, Cedar Grove and the OCFA, they said YES! Wait, did I hear them right? They now want TWO towers in our neighborhood???? How much more ludicrous can this get???
Stay tuned to this blog for additional info.
In the mean time - mark your calendar for January 25th, 7pm. That's the date of the next Planning Commission meeting. We need to show up there in force to convince the Planning Commission that we will not give up until this tower is DEAD!