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Oct 20, 2017

Fort Collins Cell Tower Project Decision Delayed

Members of the Fort Collins, Colorado city council have put off for another month making a decision about the construction of a 60-foot tall cell tower on the northeast side of the city.

The Long Pond Wireless Telecommunications Facility, as proposed, would go up on a 4.5-acre site at 2008 Turnberry Road.

Applicant for the project is the Boulder-based Atlas Tower, which has said the structure, in order to be less visually obtrusive, would be disguised as a silo.

But nearby residents in a neighborhood where the homes are either one or two-stories tall are complaining about the height of the project.

According to one city document, the proposed fake silo would also be too tall compared with other existing silos in the area “to be construed as being a part of an active agricultural operation.”

Members of the Fort Collins Planning Commission subsequently voted 4 to 1 against granting the project an “approved permitted use.”

But a Denver attorney representing the project has since maintained in a letter to the council that because the tower has met all the requirements of the city’s land use code, councilmembers have no choice but to green light the project.

The council is expected to revisit the issue in late November.

 

By Garry Boulard

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