Council hears grant to establish telecommunications tower

Published 4:51 pm Friday, June 2, 2023

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City Council approved a conditional use permit for a new telecommunications tower on property located in the rural agricultural use district at Mineral Spring Road.

Council held a public hearing at its Wednesday, May 17 meeting, on the request submitted by Kimberly Epps of Cellco Partnership doing business as Verizon Wireless on behalf of property owners Jethro and Barbara Copeland.

Suffolk Planning and Community Senior Planner Brittany Colyer presented the permit ordinance to council saying the property is located “within the agricultural zoning district” and is near the Mineral Spring Manning Road intersection.

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“The subject parcel consists of approximately 20 acres with the majority of that parcel being comprised of wetlands,” Colyer presented to the council. “The applicant is proposing to lease approximately 3,000 square feet of the subject parcel in order to construct a 199-foot monocle communications tower. The proposed tower will be set back 156 feet from the road at its closest point.”

Prior to the council meeting, the Planning Commission approved the application unanimously during its April 18 meeting. 

There was no opposition voiced on the application during the public hearing. The ordinance won on a unanimous 8-0 vote.