City of Penticton council gives approval to new cell tower, as long as it looks like a tree

By Chelsea Powrie
June 5, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Penticton city council has given its approval for a new cell tower on Valleyview Road, with the caveat that it be disguised as a tree to better blend in with the surroundings. The Telus tower is proposed at 18 metres tall, which fits in the size range of less than 30 metres that only requires notification to neighbouring properties. Those taller than 30 metres require a “higher level of public consultation including advertising in local newspapers,” city staff explain in their report. Chad Marlatt with Cypress Land Services says insisting on a tree disguise might slow things down….Council passed the motion to voice their approval for the tree-disguised tower, with Coun. Konanz opposed.

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