Wireless tower permits approved
PALMDALE — With little discussion, the Palmdale Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously extended the conditional use permits for three separate wireless communication tower installations.
The three requests were for 10-year extensions to the existing conditional use permits, and all were put forth by the same applicant, American Tower Corporation. All three were recommended for extension by the Planning staff.
For all three sites, no changes have been made since the original permits were granted, nor are any changes planned.
The first tower site is at 561 Hansa St., at the southwest corner of the Antelope Valley Country Club tennis courts. It includes a 65-foot monopole with concealed antennas inside a 1,000-square-foot enclosure, according to the staff report.
This facility was first
granted a conditional use permit in July 2009, with the 10-year effective period starting when the structure became operational in May 2010.
Senior Planner Megan Taggart confirmed the site has been well-maintained, and the department has not received any complaints about it.
The second site is in the foothills at 1 Hauser Mountain, about two miles southwest of the Anaverde housing development and just under three miles from Avenue S. Access to the remote site is via a fire road.
It consists of a 6,500-square-foot site with three towers and associated equipment enclosures, according to the staff report.
This site was also granted its original conditional use permit in July 2009 and became operational that month. This means its original permit expired on July 21, 2019.
The application for the 10-year extension was submitted to the Planning staff on July 9, but it was not considered complete until Nov. 25, according to the staff report.
The third permit extension is for a site at 39331 10th St. West, behind a car wash and inside the south end of the parking lot of the In-Shape Health Club.
This site consists of stealth monopole and an equipment enclosure.
It was granted the original conditional use permit in September 2009 and became operational in June 2010; the original permit expires in June.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, Commissioner Angela French, representing District 1, announced she will be resigning her seat, as she is moving to Utah.
French said she is willing to continue to serve through April. Her term was scheduled to end in June.
“I have enjoyed my time here very, very much. It has been very informative and the other Commissioners have been fantastic and staff has been wonderful,” she said. “I appreciate all of the learning I’ve had here. I’m sad to see this part of it go.”
The vacancy has not yet been posted.
Planning Commissioners are appointed to two-year terms, nominated by the City Councilmember representing the district and approved by the Council as a whole. The one at-large member is nominated by the mayor.