Proposed cell tower in Mattapoisett splits town into two camps
Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, which has more than 100 cell towers across New England, is seeking permission to install a 145-foot tower on Jane Lane, a cul-de-sac of nine homes on the north side of Route 6, just east of Turk's restaurant.
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#1 Jun 20, 2012
There are five major cell phone carriers that could place cell towers in this area .Many carriers have sold their tower assets to third party companies, and leasing agreements are unknown.
There are companies planning to use vertical turbines for powering cell towers. If you allow a commercial cell tower you have to allow a commercial wind turbine.
Article 10 Telecommunications Facilities Overlay District
10.1 Establishment of Overlay District
The Telecommunications Facilities Overlay District is established for the purpose of permitting wireless communications towers and related facilities in specific areas of Mattapoisett, in order to minimize visual impacts from such towers and facilities on the Towns rural, residential and village areas.
#2 Jun 24, 2012
By Emily Clark
Wicked Local Plymouth
Posted Jan 01, 2012 @ 02:00 PM
It was the year of the tall order for the Zoning Board of Appeals, which sat through so many arguments for and against cell towers and wind turbines that some audience members dozed off during the debates.
The Planning Board experienced a similar phenomenon as it issued recommendations to the ZBA regarding these proposals.
The year kicked off with Center Hill Road neighbors up in arms over a plan to erect a 180-foot cell tower on a 5-acre lot abutting the Center Hill Preserve. They formed the group Stop the Tower and created a website StopCenterHillTower.org . The company planning the project, Industrial Tower Wireless, strapped itself in for a bumpy ride as one opponent after another presented data to the ZBA contesting the need for the tower. ITW withdrew the proposal temporarily, but resubmitted it in May with a few changes. This time the plan called for a 150-foot monopole cell tower. But, in June, the Planning Board voted against recommending the special permit. And lack of dedicated carriers and other concerns didnt sit well with the ZBA and it denied the project unanimously in October.
Wind turbine proposals received a similar reception in 2011. In February, Bournehurst Drive residents vehemently objected to Future Generation Wind LLCs plans for a fourth turbine north of Route 25 off Head of the Bay Road. Cranberry grower Keith Mann said his companys plan for a 492-foot-tall wind turbine would be good for the environment. But neighbors insisted Mann was just interested in making money and didnt seem to care that the turbines could negatively impact their property values, quality of life and, possibly, their health. In spite of these objections, the ZBA approved the special permit for the project in May, and neighbors appealed the decision.
At the outset of 2011, Sergio Quadros of Cleanergie Clean Energy Architecture had high hopes of building an egg-beater-style wind turbine at Almeidas Used Cars and Parts at 20 Columbus Road. But concerns that the turbine could interfere with nearby WPLMs radio signal and disputes between members of the Almeida family left Quadros with little alternative but to withdraw the proposal. His hope of transforming this junkyard into a clean energy site officially hit the skids and the town hasnt heard anything further on that plan.
In September, it was Don Smith of Colony Place Development LLC with his own plan for a wind turbine this time at Colony Place. The original plan, submitted in 2010, was scrapped this year in favor of building the turbine closer to Wal-Mart, so the structure wouldnt jam radio signals from nearby WPLM. The ZBA voted unanimously to grant the special permits. As part of the deal, Colony Place Development agreed to install a detuning device to ensure the turbine wont interfere with radio signals. The turbine has yet to be erected.
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