A tale of two towers played out in PoCo Dec. 9, though neither involved J.R.R. Tolkien or Peter Jackson.
Council heard a pair of pitches for cellphone towers to be placed in the community: a 40-metre tower in the middle of the CPR works yard at 1670 Lougheed Hwy., and a 35-metre tower near the shopping mall at the intersection of Coast Meridian Road and Prairie Avenue. Council opted to support the tower near the rail yard, while opposing the other. The final decision, however, rests with the federal government.
In the case of the tower on Coast Meridian, the majority of those who commented during the public feedback phase opposed the project: six written comments and three phone calls were received from 15 individuals, two in support and the rest opposed. Others felt the character of the neighbourhood — a clustered mix of both residential and commercial buildings — would be compromised by the tower’s presence.
“The number of comments and concerns from the surrounding neighbours was quite significant,” said Coun. Brad West, chair of the city’s smart growth committee. “We heard from many people who had a whole number of concerns and issues with it. The ones that we really delved into were around compatibility, the visual impact [and] the esthetics.”
The CPR tower, on the other hand, is situated in the midst of a heavy industrial area away from any residential areas, schools or parks. The proponents behind the tower proposal, Standard Land Company Inc. and Rogers Communications, received no feedback from the public about the proposal.
“It’s just such an obvious contrast why the other one doesn’t work and why this one does,” said Coun. Glenn Pollock. “It’s in the middle of an industrial area — it’s the perfect location for this type of thing.”
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