AC Planners Vote Down Cell Tower

AC Planners Vote Down Cell Tower

The Amador Planning Commission have voted down approval of a controversial cell tower located east of Plymouth, but did vote to approve a log processing facility in Pioneer.   The Commission vote 4-1 to deny the permit for a cell phone tower located south of Highway 16 between Carbondale and Willow Creek Roads.   The tower, sponsored by AT&T wireless, would have been 136 feet tall.   It was funded under a Federal program to provide high-speed internet service to rural areas.   Opponents of the project turned out in large numbers, primarily neighbors to the potential cell site objecting to the look of the tower and other concerns.   The central issue of the discussion was the presence of an existing cell tower, about half a mile away from the proposed tower.   Both Planning Commissioners and residents demanded that AT&T co-locate their facilities at the existing tower, but cell phone company representatives insisted that the old tower would not allow them to provide internet service to enough homes as required by the Federal program.

The Commission did overcome objections from neighbors to approve a timber processing facility located on Highway 88 in Pioneer.   Previously the site of a cedar saw mill, the new facility will used to store and dispose of dead trees, as the County confronts wide-spread bark beetle infestation.  The Commission imposed limits on the facility's hours of operation to help address neighbor's concerns over noise before approving the permit by unanimous vote.

 

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