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, April 28, 2011

Save Cedar Grove Park Committee to Appeal Decision

The members of the Save Cedar Grove Park Committee have decided to appeal the Planning Commission's approval of T-Mobile's cell tower design for Cedar Grove Park.

The appeal must be filed by May 6th.  The filing fee charged by the city for this privilege is $1500.

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Thanks to all of the supporters out there!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

T-Mobile's Design for Flagpole Towers Approved

In a 4-1 ruling, the Tustin Planning Commission approved T-Mobile's new flagpole cell tower design at the public hearing last night.  Unless an appeal of the decision is filed with the city within the next 10 days the ruling will stand and T-Mobile will be given the green light to start construction.

Commissioner Steve Kozak was the lone dissenting vote on the panel and cited the inability of the design to accommodate additional carriers as his primary reason for voting against it.

Several residents addressed the commission with their concerns about the installation, but in the end they had no effect on the commission.  According to Commission Chair Jeff Thompson, the commission was only allowed to rule on whether the design met the design criteria set by the city for approval of wireless facilities on public property, not whether there should or should not be a cell tower in the park.

Tustin city code states that unless the decision is appealed to the city council within ten days the decision will stand and construction will be allowed to commence.

The Save Cedar Grove Park committee is reviewing the appeals process and we will post updates as they are available.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Planning Commission Staff Report for April 26th meeting released.

The Planning Commission staff has released their report on the new design proposed by T-Mobile for the cell tower installation in Cedar Grove Park.

You can view the report at the following links:
Part 1
Part 2

As usual, the Staff Report recommends that the Planning Commission accept the proposed design.

If you would like to voice your opinion about the proposed installation, please attend the Planning Commission Hearing on April 26th at 1:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Tustin City Hall.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Planning Commission Hearing set for April 26th, 2011

T-Mobile's revised design for the Cedar Grove Park cell tower will be reviewed by the planning commission on April 26th at 7:00pm.

Here is the information released by the city yesterday:

The applicant has redesigned the facility which now consists of three flagpoles with a maximum height of forty-three (43) feet located within the landscaped circle in the parking lot of Cedar Grove Park.  The three proposed flagpoles would replace two existing flagpoles in the same location.  Accessory equipment would be located within an underground vault adjacent to the flagpoles with vents screened by landscaping.  Plans and photo-simulations of the project may be accessed on the City’s website under the projects in progress section at:

The proposed project has been scheduled for the April 26, 2011 meeting before the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 300 Centennial Way.  Should you have any questions regarding the matter please do not hesitate to contact me at 714-573-3123, or Justina Willkom at 714-573-3115,