County Takes On Appeal of Cell Tower Issue in NW Quadrant

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According to the staff report, in May of 2007, an application was submitted to construct and operate a cell tower north of Covell Blvd between County Road 99 and State Route 113. The tower would be roughly 120 feet high.

The County Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit for the construction and operation of the facility northwest of Davis.

According to the Staff Report:

“The Planning Commission approved the project with a 3-2 vote at the September 13, 2007 hearing, with additions to the Conditions of Approval to include an eight-foot sound wall. The Planning Commission’s approval was based on findings that the project is consistent with the requirements set forth in the Yolo County Wireless Communication Facility Conditional Use Permit Review Criteria (Yolo County Code Section 8-2.2417) and related local ordinance requirements. Three nearby landowners subsequently appealed the project on September 28, 2007. One of the landowners has since withdrawn his name from the appeal.”

The appeal has three components based on CEQA issues: aesthetics, noise, and land use conflicts. The Planning Commission had originally ruled that the project would have less than significant impact on the environment. Nearby landowners are claiming that this ruling fails to identify potentially significant impacts from aesthetics and noise. The Office of County Counsel believes that these impacts were in fact adequately discussed and that Planning Commission had carried out their duties properly.

Nevertheless, staff recommends denial of the conditional use permit and reevaluation on January 15, 2008.

“Community opposition has increased since the Planning Commission granted the requested conditional use permit. Among other things, many residents and property owners have expressed aesthetic concerns about the proposed tower – a 110-foot tall structure in an otherwise flat, agricultural area that would be easily visible to nearby residents. In addition, staff is not persuaded that the applicant has meaningfully evaluated alternative sites and system designs that could be visually less intrusive. However, as with any appeal of a Planning Commission decision, the Board of Supervisors reviews the entire matter independently and can consider issues not specifically raised by the appellants.”

A number of the property owners in the Northwest Quadrant protested that the cell tower location would interfere with the best use of their property. According to one resident, at least six neighboring property owners protest this location.

Residents also suggest that there are alternative locations for the tower that were under-explored. One such location would be the Sutter Davis Hospital that has apparently offered a location on their property, within the city of Davis limits. This location would accomplish the same coverage as the other location, apparently without the kinds of objections that are currently occurring in the Northwest Quadrant.

The bottom line in this issue appears to be that one property owner has offered up his or her property for the construction of the tower and the neighbors are objecting. The Board of Supervisors meets today to discuss this issue.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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48 thoughts on “County Takes On Appeal of Cell Tower Issue in NW Quadrant”

  1. Anonymous

    One sticks up just north of Covell Blvd., about a hundred feet east of F Street. Looks darned ugly too, like the upended barrel of a giant hunting rifle with a silencer (ironically) screwed onto its tip.

  2. Anonymous

    One sticks up just north of Covell Blvd., about a hundred feet east of F Street. Looks darned ugly too, like the upended barrel of a giant hunting rifle with a silencer (ironically) screwed onto its tip.

  3. Anonymous

    One sticks up just north of Covell Blvd., about a hundred feet east of F Street. Looks darned ugly too, like the upended barrel of a giant hunting rifle with a silencer (ironically) screwed onto its tip.

  4. Anonymous

    One sticks up just north of Covell Blvd., about a hundred feet east of F Street. Looks darned ugly too, like the upended barrel of a giant hunting rifle with a silencer (ironically) screwed onto its tip.

  5. Anonymous

    Would a 120 foot cell tower out in the country — I’m frankly not all that sure how close this will be to Covell Blvd — look so different from a radio tower? I wouldn’t suggest that a radio tower is great looking, but it’s fairly common to see them in similar locations around here.

  6. Anonymous

    Would a 120 foot cell tower out in the country — I’m frankly not all that sure how close this will be to Covell Blvd — look so different from a radio tower? I wouldn’t suggest that a radio tower is great looking, but it’s fairly common to see them in similar locations around here.

  7. Anonymous

    Would a 120 foot cell tower out in the country — I’m frankly not all that sure how close this will be to Covell Blvd — look so different from a radio tower? I wouldn’t suggest that a radio tower is great looking, but it’s fairly common to see them in similar locations around here.

  8. Anonymous

    Would a 120 foot cell tower out in the country — I’m frankly not all that sure how close this will be to Covell Blvd — look so different from a radio tower? I wouldn’t suggest that a radio tower is great looking, but it’s fairly common to see them in similar locations around here.

  9. Anonymous

    “Did anyone see the articles in some online newspapers today about how some countries are now banning cell phone towers, due to radiation?”

    Yes, North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Peoples Republic of Moronia.

  10. Anonymous

    “Did anyone see the articles in some online newspapers today about how some countries are now banning cell phone towers, due to radiation?”

    Yes, North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Peoples Republic of Moronia.

  11. Anonymous

    “Did anyone see the articles in some online newspapers today about how some countries are now banning cell phone towers, due to radiation?”

    Yes, North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Peoples Republic of Moronia.

  12. Anonymous

    “Did anyone see the articles in some online newspapers today about how some countries are now banning cell phone towers, due to radiation?”

    Yes, North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Peoples Republic of Moronia.

  13. dont want a cell tower

    Cell towers ought to be considered blight in addition to being a public nuisance.

    The radiation that they emit is harmful. In addition the sound that emits from a cell tower has been known to be rather annoying to those who live within even a few miles from a cell tower.

  14. dont want a cell tower

    Cell towers ought to be considered blight in addition to being a public nuisance.

    The radiation that they emit is harmful. In addition the sound that emits from a cell tower has been known to be rather annoying to those who live within even a few miles from a cell tower.

  15. dont want a cell tower

    Cell towers ought to be considered blight in addition to being a public nuisance.

    The radiation that they emit is harmful. In addition the sound that emits from a cell tower has been known to be rather annoying to those who live within even a few miles from a cell tower.

  16. dont want a cell tower

    Cell towers ought to be considered blight in addition to being a public nuisance.

    The radiation that they emit is harmful. In addition the sound that emits from a cell tower has been known to be rather annoying to those who live within even a few miles from a cell tower.

  17. Anonymous

    Anonymous (“Wu Ming” means Anonymous in Chinese, how cute.) 12/4/07 9:46 PM wrote:

    “they should decorate them with tiny little murals. make ’em cheerful and stuff.”

    Yeah, right, that’ll help with the radiation and noise problems for sure, Wu. Nay, tear ’em down and put up sculptures instead.

  18. Anonymous

    Anonymous (“Wu Ming” means Anonymous in Chinese, how cute.) 12/4/07 9:46 PM wrote:

    “they should decorate them with tiny little murals. make ’em cheerful and stuff.”

    Yeah, right, that’ll help with the radiation and noise problems for sure, Wu. Nay, tear ’em down and put up sculptures instead.

  19. Anonymous

    Anonymous (“Wu Ming” means Anonymous in Chinese, how cute.) 12/4/07 9:46 PM wrote:

    “they should decorate them with tiny little murals. make ’em cheerful and stuff.”

    Yeah, right, that’ll help with the radiation and noise problems for sure, Wu. Nay, tear ’em down and put up sculptures instead.

  20. Anonymous

    Anonymous (“Wu Ming” means Anonymous in Chinese, how cute.) 12/4/07 9:46 PM wrote:

    “they should decorate them with tiny little murals. make ’em cheerful and stuff.”

    Yeah, right, that’ll help with the radiation and noise problems for sure, Wu. Nay, tear ’em down and put up sculptures instead.

  21. Robert Appleman, PhD.

    “The radiation that they emit is harmful.”

    I find it amusing that in a town with a major research university, there are people who believe in such non-scientific gobbledygook. To claim that the radiation from cell towers causes health problems is entirely without any scientific merit. It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species. Should you people not be ashamed of your poor education in basic science?

    The microwave radiation from a cell phone tower is about 1/100ths as powerful as the radiation which escapes from your home micowave oven when you boil a cup of tea.

    The same miscreants who make these bogus claims about cell towers make similarly unfounded claims about electrical transformers, radio signals and virtually every other modern appliance. They never bother to do any scientific research to see if their claims are true. They are incapable of it. None of them is a scientist. They simply read magazines put out by conspiracy buffs and believe the garbage hook, line and sinker.

    No wonder televangelists are multi-millionaires. There are just so many people with psychological disorders who want to be fooled in this world. This bunch is just another example of fools.

    If you are interested in reading about the science, and not the science fiction, on this topic, check out this link from the BBC.

    I’m certain the science won’t change the minds of any of the fools. They seem perfectly incapable of understanding the difference between science and fiction.

  22. Robert Appleman, PhD.

    “The radiation that they emit is harmful.”

    I find it amusing that in a town with a major research university, there are people who believe in such non-scientific gobbledygook. To claim that the radiation from cell towers causes health problems is entirely without any scientific merit. It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species. Should you people not be ashamed of your poor education in basic science?

    The microwave radiation from a cell phone tower is about 1/100ths as powerful as the radiation which escapes from your home micowave oven when you boil a cup of tea.

    The same miscreants who make these bogus claims about cell towers make similarly unfounded claims about electrical transformers, radio signals and virtually every other modern appliance. They never bother to do any scientific research to see if their claims are true. They are incapable of it. None of them is a scientist. They simply read magazines put out by conspiracy buffs and believe the garbage hook, line and sinker.

    No wonder televangelists are multi-millionaires. There are just so many people with psychological disorders who want to be fooled in this world. This bunch is just another example of fools.

    If you are interested in reading about the science, and not the science fiction, on this topic, check out this link from the BBC.

    I’m certain the science won’t change the minds of any of the fools. They seem perfectly incapable of understanding the difference between science and fiction.

  23. Robert Appleman, PhD.

    “The radiation that they emit is harmful.”

    I find it amusing that in a town with a major research university, there are people who believe in such non-scientific gobbledygook. To claim that the radiation from cell towers causes health problems is entirely without any scientific merit. It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species. Should you people not be ashamed of your poor education in basic science?

    The microwave radiation from a cell phone tower is about 1/100ths as powerful as the radiation which escapes from your home micowave oven when you boil a cup of tea.

    The same miscreants who make these bogus claims about cell towers make similarly unfounded claims about electrical transformers, radio signals and virtually every other modern appliance. They never bother to do any scientific research to see if their claims are true. They are incapable of it. None of them is a scientist. They simply read magazines put out by conspiracy buffs and believe the garbage hook, line and sinker.

    No wonder televangelists are multi-millionaires. There are just so many people with psychological disorders who want to be fooled in this world. This bunch is just another example of fools.

    If you are interested in reading about the science, and not the science fiction, on this topic, check out this link from the BBC.

    I’m certain the science won’t change the minds of any of the fools. They seem perfectly incapable of understanding the difference between science and fiction.

  24. Robert Appleman, PhD.

    “The radiation that they emit is harmful.”

    I find it amusing that in a town with a major research university, there are people who believe in such non-scientific gobbledygook. To claim that the radiation from cell towers causes health problems is entirely without any scientific merit. It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species. Should you people not be ashamed of your poor education in basic science?

    The microwave radiation from a cell phone tower is about 1/100ths as powerful as the radiation which escapes from your home micowave oven when you boil a cup of tea.

    The same miscreants who make these bogus claims about cell towers make similarly unfounded claims about electrical transformers, radio signals and virtually every other modern appliance. They never bother to do any scientific research to see if their claims are true. They are incapable of it. None of them is a scientist. They simply read magazines put out by conspiracy buffs and believe the garbage hook, line and sinker.

    No wonder televangelists are multi-millionaires. There are just so many people with psychological disorders who want to be fooled in this world. This bunch is just another example of fools.

    If you are interested in reading about the science, and not the science fiction, on this topic, check out this link from the BBC.

    I’m certain the science won’t change the minds of any of the fools. They seem perfectly incapable of understanding the difference between science and fiction.

  25. dont microwave plastic

    i’m glad somebody rebuffed the radiation claims (though you didn’t have to do it so meanly). there is probably more electro-magnetic radiation emitted from power lines as well, though I’m not speaking from scientific background.

    anyway, if there is enough RF stuff on a cell tower- say radio antennas, emergency communications, etc. then i could see it being a radiation issue, but all of that (RF load) is regulated by the FCC quite rigorously.

    the radiation claims are indeed bogus.

  26. dont microwave plastic

    i’m glad somebody rebuffed the radiation claims (though you didn’t have to do it so meanly). there is probably more electro-magnetic radiation emitted from power lines as well, though I’m not speaking from scientific background.

    anyway, if there is enough RF stuff on a cell tower- say radio antennas, emergency communications, etc. then i could see it being a radiation issue, but all of that (RF load) is regulated by the FCC quite rigorously.

    the radiation claims are indeed bogus.

  27. dont microwave plastic

    i’m glad somebody rebuffed the radiation claims (though you didn’t have to do it so meanly). there is probably more electro-magnetic radiation emitted from power lines as well, though I’m not speaking from scientific background.

    anyway, if there is enough RF stuff on a cell tower- say radio antennas, emergency communications, etc. then i could see it being a radiation issue, but all of that (RF load) is regulated by the FCC quite rigorously.

    the radiation claims are indeed bogus.

  28. dont microwave plastic

    i’m glad somebody rebuffed the radiation claims (though you didn’t have to do it so meanly). there is probably more electro-magnetic radiation emitted from power lines as well, though I’m not speaking from scientific background.

    anyway, if there is enough RF stuff on a cell tower- say radio antennas, emergency communications, etc. then i could see it being a radiation issue, but all of that (RF load) is regulated by the FCC quite rigorously.

    the radiation claims are indeed bogus.

  29. Anonymous

    Robert Appleman, PhD. said…
    “It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species.”

    “Fallacious”? Dr. Appleman. Hm, so you are not suffering from delusions of godhood either? I’ve never read such a scurrilous insult to believers. Surely you could have made your point with a little less gratuitous egotism. You should be ashamed of yourself. For penance I suggest you attend a different denomination of church here in Davis each Sunday for a month and at the services just listen, no windbaggy talking allowed.

  30. Anonymous

    Robert Appleman, PhD. said…
    “It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species.”

    “Fallacious”? Dr. Appleman. Hm, so you are not suffering from delusions of godhood either? I’ve never read such a scurrilous insult to believers. Surely you could have made your point with a little less gratuitous egotism. You should be ashamed of yourself. For penance I suggest you attend a different denomination of church here in Davis each Sunday for a month and at the services just listen, no windbaggy talking allowed.

  31. Anonymous

    Robert Appleman, PhD. said…
    “It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species.”

    “Fallacious”? Dr. Appleman. Hm, so you are not suffering from delusions of godhood either? I’ve never read such a scurrilous insult to believers. Surely you could have made your point with a little less gratuitous egotism. You should be ashamed of yourself. For penance I suggest you attend a different denomination of church here in Davis each Sunday for a month and at the services just listen, no windbaggy talking allowed.

  32. Anonymous

    Robert Appleman, PhD. said…
    “It is as falacious as the mythological story of God creating the earth in seven days and that humans never evolved as a species.”

    “Fallacious”? Dr. Appleman. Hm, so you are not suffering from delusions of godhood either? I’ve never read such a scurrilous insult to believers. Surely you could have made your point with a little less gratuitous egotism. You should be ashamed of yourself. For penance I suggest you attend a different denomination of church here in Davis each Sunday for a month and at the services just listen, no windbaggy talking allowed.

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