Rockland Planning Board tables golf course cell tower review
Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board Oct. 2 voted 4-0 to table a proposal for a cell tower at the Rockland Golf Club until the Nov. 6 meeting.
The vote to table was without prejudice, meaning that the motion did not indicate approval or disapproval of the measure, said board member George Terrien, who made the motion.
The proposal for a 100-foot cell tower, known as a flagpole tower, was on the Planning Board's agenda for the second consecutive month.
The board had been meeting with Black Diamond Consultants Inc., doing business as U.S. Cellular, to put a tower on the Rockland Golf Club property. The meeting began at 5:15 p.m. at Rockland City Hall.
The company plans to lease 64,000 square feet from the golf club, located in a Residential B zone. A building measuring 35 feet by 35 feet would be developed and include a 100-foot tower without lights. The building would be just west of the golf club's maintenance building. Existing roads would be used for access to the site.
On Sept. 12, a trial balloon was set aloft at 100 feet for observation of the tower placement.
At the Sept. 18 planning board meeting, Hebert said the tower would be a capacity site tower to take up the load from an existing U.S. Cellular rooftop site at 328 Main St., according to the minutes of that meeting. The proposed tower would have capacity for two carriers.
During a 50-minute public hearing Sept. 18, nine people aired their concerns, ranging from the lack of aesthetics of a tower at the golf course, to a suggestion that the tower might be better located in another part of Rockland, to a comment that the tower might be better suited to Rockport than to Rockland.
Hebert said coverage of the tower would not extend to Rockport, according to the minutes.
The Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 25 reviewed the plan for a special application permit and denied it on grounds of incompatibility with the area. The denial allows the applicant 30 days to appeal, said Code Officer John Root, who said he could not issue the tower company a permit, based on the ZBA's decision.
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