Things had been relatively quiet on the cell tower front in Palos Verdes but all that changed about a month ago. Here we go folks, things are going to get exciting…
As you may have heard, Crown Castle’s AT&T cell towers will soon start public hearings in Rancho Palos Verdes. This will be the first time these sites have had public hearings in RPV as previously they were approved by City Hall without hearings. These hearings are now required under the RPV municipal code as a way to ensure transparency and public involvement in the approval process.
Crown Castle is still proposing the overwhelming majority of these sites in residential neighborhoods despite these locations violating section 12.18.200 of the RPV code. Perhaps you’ve seen the mock-ups in your neighborhood. Every one of these sites violates at least one aspect of RPV’s wireless ordinance and will require an exception to be approved. Despite this, Crown Castle insisted on going forward with these site designs and locations to public hearings. They really don’t care about our community. They are however, pretty sure they are going to make a pile of money here.
Photo simulation of a proposed residential neighborhood site on Chartres Drive In Rancho Palos Verdes. The site violates multiple aspects of the RPV municipal code and will require numerous exemptions for approval.
The first two sites will be heard by the Planning Commission on Tuesday July 25th starting at 7 PM at the Hesse Park Community room. Anyone can address the Commission either during non-agenda public comments (for sites that aren’t on that night’s agenda) or during the hearing itself for sites being heard that night.
Two sites are slated for hearings:
- ASG 10: Los Verdes Drive west of Avenida Classica: This installation proposes to replace an existing streetlight with a new streetlight hosting two antenna panels. It also includes a large above ground equipment cabinet. This location is a local street situated between apartments to the east and the golf course to the west
- ASG 33: Across from 6480 Chartres Drive: This installation proposes a new 14 foot pole with antennas where no pole currently exists. It also includes a large above ground equipment cabinet. The location is a residential neighborhood with five homes in close proximity, one home is only about 30 feet away.
This hearing will set the tone for future hearings so please try to attend if you have an interest in this issue. Anyone can speak, even if it’s not in your neighborhood.
Please keep in mind that under federal law, the City cannot deny these sites based on health concerns regarding RF emissions. The Commissioners will have to disregard comments regarding health effects and can’t use it when making their decision. Time is better spent on other issues.
The Commission can consider aesthetic impact, neighborhood compatibility, impact on home values, and noise levels from the equipment.
By the way, these sites can be quite noisy as they include two large cooling fans that run 24/7. There is an identical equipment cabinet already installed on the east side of Crenshaw south of Crest next to St. John Fisher Church. You can stop by and hear for yourself just how loud these will be if your neighborhood is planned for one of these sites. Also, the fans get louder as the temperature increases as they run faster.
Look for the cabinet on the lower right in front of Saint John Fisher on Crenshaw. Stop by and listen to it on a hot day, it is LOUD. This is the exact same installation Crown Castle wants to install in our quiet residential neighborhoods.
We’ll keep this site updated with future hearing dates as they become available.