Council rejects proposed cell antenna sites

PIEDMONT — Many Piedmonters have made it clear they don’t want more cell antennas in town — which led to the Piedmont City Council rejecting all eight proposed sites Monday night.

Crown Castle NG West LLC provided this photo to the City of Piedmont of an earlier proposed location of one of its cell antennas and a new street light. Crown Castle has since revised some of its cell sites. 

Three locations, 740 Magnolia and 799 Magnolia avenues, and near 340-370 Highland Ave. may still have a chance. The deadline for a decision is Oct. 31. Council member Tim Rood and Mayor Bob McBain supported approving those sites, but were voted down by Council members Teddy King, Jen Cavenaugh and Betsy Andersen, who was sworn into the council at the start of the Monday meeting.

The three council members want more information about the noise that would be generated by vaults at the sites, with an analysis by an independent expert. A special council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 to review findings about those three locations.

The Piedmont city staff had recommended denying the proposed cell antennas at 150 Highland, 303 Hillside, 428 El Cerrito, 352 Jerome and 1159 Winsor avenues. Planning Director Kevin Jackson said the five sites recommended for denial did not comply with city standards, design guidelines for regulations in a public right of way and the General Plan.

At the council’s Oct. 2 meeting, members directed staff to work with the applicant Crown Castle to improve the proposed design and to present the plans to the Park Commission for review Nov. 1.

Crown Castle’s government relations manager Sharon James expressed disappointment with the city’s response.

“We have been planning more than two years, walking the sites with Kevin (Jackson), meeting with the Planning Commission,” James said. “We have revised our designs. We have worked with…

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