Wire­less tower per­mits ap­proved

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN

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.

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