LOS ANGELES -- The Crescenta Valley Town Council will have 30 more
days to research the health risks of cell phone towers in close proximity
to one another and develop a community plan, a Los Angeles County
Regional Planning Department Hearing Officer ruled Tuesday.
Even though the council had originally requested a 60-day
postponement, members present at the public hearing expressed
satisfaction with the decision.
“It just means we have to work harder,” Alternate Councilwoman Jaleen
The council plans to use the added time creating standards for future
cell phone tower proposals. Such standards would include acceptable
locations and number of towers the community should allow in the area.
Council members would also like to research potential health threats
posed by two cell phone towers close together, despite a Federal
Communications Commission decision forbidding health concerns from
becoming a factor in determining locations of such towers. A Sprint tower
disguised as a palm tree is across the street from the proposed site.
Nextel is proposing to build the 72-foot tower at 4441 Cloud Ave. on
the site of an existing self-storage facility. The tower would be
disguised as a pine tree, and is an alternative to an antenna approved
last year at 4502 Dyer St.
The decision to grant a 30-day rather than a 60-day continuance was
made based on information presented at the hearing by Nextel
representative Shannon Minkel.
Minkel said that a continuance should not be granted, because when
Nextel proposed building an antenna last year the town council requested
-- and was granted -- a continuance for the same health concerns being
The Planning Department will again hear the Nextel proposal to build
the tower on May 7. The town council is planning to address the issue at
its April meeting.