A special use permit to build a Verizon Wireless telecommunications tower north of Coffee Creek Road and east of Midwest Boulevard was approved 4-0 this week by the Edmond Planning Commission.
The 180-foot tower would be on a 10-acre tract, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Such towers are usually 120 feet tall, but the extra height would allow additional carriers to utilize the transmission benefit, he added. City ordinance allows for three carriers to co-exist per tower.
There is an existing driveway on this property, Schiermeyer said. The area would be secured with barbed wired on a chain-link fence.
Nearby residents complained that water from the driveway is causing flood damage on their farm. The matter is between the property owners to resolve, said Steve Murdock, city attorney. The city has not found a violation of city code but is still looking into the matter, Murdock told The Edmond Sun.
“Verizon has identified a significant gap in their service coverage area,” said David Box, on behalf of Verizon Wireless. The site is the least intrusive to solve the problem, he said.
“As this area expands and develops, you won’t see more towers,” Box said. “This one tower will be able to service the needs of not only Verizon but additional carriers as well that we feel has an overall net benefit to the customers of all the different carriers.”
The project also provides a discreet area for Verizon Wireless to hide all the associated tower equipment within trees, he said. The existing oil well road will be accessed to service the tower without the need of constructing a new road.
The City Council will discuss the item Jan. 27.
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