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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5

Meeting Date: April 8, 2008

Subject/Title: Set the date of April 22, 2008, to hear an appeal filed by Wilma Kraucyk of the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit (CUP 08-02) and a variance (V 08-02) for CSI Towers, LLC to allow the location of a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of ground-based equipment, a 100-foot-high simulated tree pole and up to four sets of panel antenna. The site is located on the Valley Oak Nursery site, south of Lone Tree Way and east of Fairview Avenue at 7021 Lone Tree Way.

Prepared by: Tim Nielsen, Assistant Planner

Submitted by: Casey McCann, Interim Community Development Director


RECOMMENDATION

Set April 22, 2008, as the hearing date to consider the appeal filed by Wilma Kraucyk in regard to the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit (CUP 08-02) and a variance (V 08-02) for CSI Towers, LLC to allow the location of a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of ground-based equipment, a 100-foot-high simulated tree pole and up to four sets of panel antenna.

PREVIOUS ACTIONS

• Planning Commission approval of Conditional Use Permit 08-02 and Variance 08-02 on March 18, 2008, to allow the location of a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of ground-based equipment, a 100-foot-high simulated tree pole, and a variance to allow the tree pole to exceed the maximum 35-foot height limitation within the Ranchette Estate Zone and up to four sets of panel antenna, located on the Valley Oak Nursery site, south of Lone Tree Way and east of Fairview Avenue at 7021 Lone Tree Way (APN 018-080-016).

BACKGROUND

The conditional use permit (CUP 08-02) and variance (V 08-02) applications were approved by the Planning Commission on March 18, 2008. Five residents owning property in the area submitted form letters voicing concern over the proposed installation of the simulated tree pole prior to the Planning Commission hearing. Their concerns dealt mainly with the radiation of electromagnetic frequencies from the cellular site. At the public hearing, two individuals submitted Speaker’s Cards. One of them submitted only written comments and did not wish to speak, while the other speaker gave a background summary of the approval of a similar tower on a nearby property. Following all public comments, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve both the conditional use permit and variance applications.

Wilma Kraucyk has filed an appeal of this approval based on the aesthetic impacts of the imitation tree pole and the possible impact on property values as well as potential environmental effects.

As required by Section 17.880.003.C, Wilma Kraucyk has completed the required application, submitted the required appeal fee, and provided a statement setting forth the specific grounds for the appeal. It is a procedural requirement that the City Council set the hearing. It is recommended that the City Council set April 22, 2008, as the date for the hearing on the appeal request.

FISCAL IMPACT

The applicant paid the required $122 appeal fee.

Attachments:
1. Appeal application received from Wilma Kraucyk, dated “Received March 28, 2008”
2. Letter from Wilma Kraucyk dated “Received March 27, 2008”

 
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