The Walnut Creek Planning Commission is scheduled to make a decision on a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower at its meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.
Verizon is proposing a 55-foot-tall cell tower which would look like a faux pine tree, often called a "monopine." Verizon wants to build the tower at 1551 Marchbanks Road on the Diablo Hills Golf Course near a PG&E tower that has other cell antennas attached, but it would also be near a residential neighborhood.
Some neighbors in the 186-condominiums of a development called Diablo Hills have signed a petition asking that the tower not be allowed. In the petition, the residents claim that the tower would be 30 to 50 feet from their property line and it will affect property values, aesthetics and could have harmful health affects.
City planners recommend that the commission approve the tower saying it will be 300 feet from a residentially zoned neighborhood, that the radio frequency is allowable and the tower is needed to improve cellular coverage to the west and north, according to a staff report.
City leaders have for some time said they want to make changes to Walnut Creek's wireless ordinance after outcry from residents, but that has not happened.
For more information go to www.walnut-creek.org and click on "public meetings" and then "planning commission."
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.