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.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mayor Pro Tem Nielsen Calls for Public Hearing

Mayor Pro Tem John Nielsen has asked that a public hearing be granted to hear arguments before the City Council regarding the proposed T-Mobile cell tower installation in Cedar Grove Park.  This action, in effect, carries the same weight as filing an appeal of the Planning Commission decision of April 26, 2011, that approved the design.

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.