November 23, 2014

Community Questions Cell Towers

 

PHOTO BY RYAN SHIELDS

Community Questions Cell Towers

A mono-pine “tree” located in Goleta near Santa Barbara.

Following a walk-around on November 1 for the benefit of members of the community concerned about the planned placement of a 70-foot cell tower near the intersection of Old Topanga Canyon Rd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd., County officials, wireless planning consultants from Cable Engineering Services (CES), and Ryan Shields, President of Synergy Development Services, discussed the process leading up to the decision to co-locate six wireless providers from three existing poles placed along the Boulevard opposite Pine Tree Circle, to private property just west of the Post Office. By request, Shields sent the above sample photo of a mono-pine “tree” located in Goleta near Santa Barbara. “The block enclosure houses equipment,” he explained, adding that the proposed design in Topanga will have a small building more in keeping with the community’s rural nature, to house backup batteries and other equipment.” The mono-pine in Topanga will be landscaped with a live sycamore and two bay laurel trees around it to further camouflage the tower, which will be placed down-slope behind the housing structure. The County will be providing photo simulations of the mono-pines. According to Korina Arvizu, Assistant Planner for CES, the current poles don’t allow for an upgrade from 2G to 4G transmission. Shields also noted that they have been “planning for future data demands, which have been placed on hold pending implementation of the new project. This area

PHOTO BY RYAN SHIELDS

Community Questions Cell Towers

Another view of a mono-pine “tree” located in Goleta near Santa Barbara.

has been a lifeline in emergencies and in need of an upgrade for some time,” said Shields. Those interested in following the progress of the undergrounding project can log on to www.ladpw.org/cons/topanga.