Telecommunications tower denied approval for Liverpool

A proposed cell tower that faced strong community opposition has been turned down for Liverpool.

The Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) council issued a release February 12 saying they gave the thumbs down to an application to erect the telecommunications tower.

"Council carefully deliberated the advantages and disadvantages of approving the development agreement to allow the telecommunications tower to be erected," David Dagley, Mayor of the RQM, said in a statement.

"In the end, council determined that while telecommunications towers are necessary to provide our residents, businesses and visitors to Queens with reliable communications, the proposed site wasn't an appropriate location for the tower. Approval was not given to the applicant,"

Two public meetings were held to allow the public to provide input on the proposed development. Eastlink, the application, hosted one of the meetings while the RQM held a second.

A number of local residents and property owners spoke at the hearing, stating concerns of potential health impacts to residents in the proximity, decreased property values, and future plans for multi-unit residential development. Several written submissions were also received prior to the hearing, and provided to council for their consideration.

The proposed location for the tower was on privately owned property located near the end of Meadow Pond Lane in Liverpool, which is zoned R6 -Mixed Use Coastal Residential. A telecommunications tower does not fall under the list of permitted uses in the R6 zone, however, council has provisions in the Region's Municipal Planning Strategy to consider approvals of such uses by way of a development agreement.

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