The Edmond Planning Commission voted in favor of continuing the discussion and consideration for a proposed cell tower. The vote was 3-1 with Planning Commissioner Lydia Lee voting against the item and Commissioner Barry Moore abstaining.
David Wells with Branch Towers LLC would like to rezone the property from a general commercial planned unit development to a commercial PUD.
This cell tower would be located at 2616 Coltrane Place, one-quarter mile south of East Second Street, said Commissioner Mark Hoose. it is directly behind the Coltrane Mini Storage facility.
“The property to the south is developed as the Borgata addition, the Tuscany Villa addition is developing to the west,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
Nearly a room full of Borgota residents appeared at the meeting, ready to speak against the project. Lee said a continuance of the item might be an hardship for the residents who sat behind Wells as he stood at the podium and asked for the continuance.
“We certainly apologize to those that are here tonight,” Wells said. “I know everyone is busy and we have plenty of things to do at home.” Wells said he would like to speak with the owners surrounding the site.
“I understand there is a little bit of opposition,” Wells said. “We had a clerical mistake and had written the meeting down for later than it actually is tonight.”
Wells said he is agreeable to speaking with the residents individually or at a Community Connections meeting. Schiermeyer proposed that the PUD rezoning request be set for May 15 to give Wells time to meet with the residents.
Borgota resident Sheila Brooks said Wells will need to meet with the residents of 84 homes in Borgota.
There are 29 cell towers in Edmond, a number that does not include antennas on tall structures such as a grain elevator, Schiermeyer noted in his report. The cell tower would be about 130 feet from the south and west property lines.
“City ordinance requires a cell tower to be set back a distance equal to the height, including the antennas,” Schiermeyer stated. “There would be a fenced in area at the base of the tower for the equipment building, all within the 900 square foot area.”
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