A telecommunication tower has been added to a West Ferris neighbourhood.
Forbes Bros. Ltd, on behalf of Rogers Communications Inc., has constructed a monopole at 6 Lakeshore Dr., near King Cone Mini Putt and across from Veteran’s Field.
“The proposed telecommunication tower, 30.6 metres in height, will increase cellular coverage within this area of the city. The proposed tower will help to ensure fast, dedicated and reliable wireless service within the area,” according to a report to council dated July 2.
The city’s development and/or redevelopment of telecommunication towers/antenna facilities policy, which came into effect in November 2013, encourages telecommunication towers to be located away from residential development, schools, park spaces, environmental constraints and areas that might obscure public views.
Forbes Bros. indicated to the city it attempted to secure alternative sites. However, the subject property was the only viable location it identified.
According to the report to council, Forbes Bros. Ltd did not receive any written or telephone correspondence regarding the proposed tower.
City staff confirm the new tower does not meet the setback regulations of the city’s zoning bylaw for the M1 zone, but it is their opinion that the proposed location of the tower would be the most desirable on the subject property.
Staff said it maximizes the tower’s distance from the abutting residential development and would minimize its visibility from Lakeshore Drive.
“The federal government is the approval authority for telecommunication towers, council does not have the ability to approve or deny the application.”