The Signal

Communicat­ions, energy storage on Planning Commission docket

- By Kev Kurdoghlia­n Signal Staff Writer

The Santa Clarita Planning Commission is set to meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Clarita City Hall to address a light agenda with one hearing and the continuanc­e of another.

Energy Storage Facility

The commission will first consider continuing a hearing for a proposed lithium-ion battery storage facility sited for an empty lot abutting the Santa Clara River and residentia­l and commercial developmen­ts on Soledad Canyon Road between Sierra Highway and Solamint Road.

Commission­ers continued the hearing from their meeting last month after requesting more informatio­n about the proposed facility’s safety.

Tuesday’s continuanc­e comes at the request of the applicant, an energy storage facility company based out of San Diego, which asked for additional time to address the commission’s questions.

The item is expected to return to the commission on Oct. 19.

Verizon Wireless communicat­ions facility

Commission­ers will also consider approving a wireless communicat­ion facility for Verizon, which wants to place its equipment – including panel antennas and remote radio equipment – on an existing Southern California Edison lattice tower erected on city-owned property adjacent to the William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball fields.

Verizon would also need to install equipment on the ground in a 374-squarefoot enclosure at the base of the tower.

The city has until Nov. 6 to act on the telecommun­ications company’s request per state law, according to a city staff report prepared for the meeting.

If approved, Verizon would need to enter into agreement with the city and Edison to execute its plan to install its wireless communicat­ions facility.

The Planning Commission meeting will be livestream­ed at santa-clarita. com. Comments must be submitted inperson during the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting.

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