Thanks to the good folks of Mt. Scott-Arleta, who have shown the strength of community organizing and public involvement, residents who live in the vicinity of Mt. Scott Fuel may live relatively radiation-free for the foreseeable future, as plans for a 45-foot tall cell tower on Foster Road may be scrapped.
After the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) gave conditional approval for Verizon’s proposal at the site (SE 69th and Foster Road) in October, residents of Mt. Scott-Arleta appealed the decision and convinced a hearings officer to deny the application. This left Verizon with one more card to play, as they in turn appealed said denial, forcing the decision upon Portland’s City Commissioners. The Council will hear the case this Wednesday, January 11, at 2pm. No new evidence will be allowed, but public testimony is welcomed.
Here’s the proposal:
Verizon Wireless proposes to construct a 45-foot tall monopole for a wireless telecommunications facility on real property generally described as 6904 SE Foster Road (the “Site”). The proposal includes up to a total of 12 antennas hosted on the monopole, with an initial start of nine antennas. A fenced accessory equipment compound is proposed to be located at grade adjacent to the monopole, with electrical equipment cabinets located on a concrete slab, and an emergency generator included within the equipment area (collectively the wireless associated improvements shall hereafter be referred as the “Facility”).
The Applicants also request an Adjustment to waive the required landscaping buffer due to development and conditions on the Site which will partially screen the Facility from view. The Applicants note that the Site, which is used by a commercial business that stockpiles and sells crushed rock, bark dust and similar materials, already has an existing 6*foot high site-obscuring fence and concrete wall inside the fencing along the south, east and west property lines, and suggests that the existing building will screen the facility from views.
Ordinarily, the proposed monopole would be allowed by right, as it is in a commercial zone, meets the maximum height allowed in the commercial zone and is more than 50-feet away from a residential zone. However, the proposed monopole is within 2,OOO feet of an existing, 45-foot tall monopole. Verizon contends that it is not able to collocate on that existing monopole, and thus proposes a new facility.
More information on the proposal, as well as Wednesday’s hearing, can be found here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=380757