Cell phone tower plans put on hold

Plans for a new communications tower on the outskirts of Penticton have been taken back to the drawing board.

The proposed 230-foot tower would have been visible from much over the city from it’s location east of Penticton at 102 Saliken Dr., above Carmi Road.

“We've heard from residents that there are some serious concerns with the proposed location for the tower. That's why we notified the city that we're going back to the drawing board to look for alternate locations,” wrote Jennifer Kett, spokesperson for Rogers Communications, in an email.

The proposed location was  200 metres of Penticton city limits, but since Rogers withdrew the tower proposal, city council didn’t have a chance to comment as an interested party.

However, city staff did prepare a report, in which planning manager Blake Laven recommended the city say it wasn’t in support of the height of the tower and if it were to go ahead, the tower should be non-reflective and camouflaged as best as possible with the surrounding background.

Kett said that though Rogers is looking at alternate locations, there is still a need for a new tower in the area.

“We know there are coverage issues in the area that need to be addressed. We look forward to working with the city, the regional district and the local community to explore other more acceptable potential sites so that residents and first responders have access to reliable wireless service,” wrote Kett.

Kett also wrote that the company remains committed to consulting with residents, businesses and all levels of government.

“We're committed to full, open and transparent consultation and working with all levels of government, residents, local businesses and all concerned. We will continue to take the time to listen to concerns, insights and ideas of all to ensure future needs of the community are well understood and fully considered,” wrote Kett.


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