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, 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.