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Grass Valley Planning Commission to visit application to build Verizon cellular tower in Brunswick Basin

A new cellular tower might be coming to the Brunswick Basin area to improve wireless coverage.

During a meeting tonight, the Grass Valley Planning Commission is slated to review a permit application by Verizon Wireless to build a monopine cellular tower at 142 Olympia Park Road in order to provide “more efficient service, faster data speed and less dropped calls” for customers within a 2,000-foot radius of the proposed facility.

Presentation and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at 125 East Main St. at the Grass Valley Council Chambers.



The applicant is proposing to build the tower within an unused portion of a 1.10-acre parcel in a shopping area bordered by Brunswick Road, Nevada City Highway and the Golden Center Freeway. Stores such as Grass Valley Tires, Walker’s Office Supplies and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roaster are in the area.

In addition to improved service in the Brunswick Basin area, the tower will provide coverage on both sides of the highway.




According to city documents, the anticipated frequency wave to be emitted from the cell tower will comply with the “current prevailing standard for limiting human exposure to RF strength,” issued by the Federal Communication Commission.

The FCC recommends that radio frequency exposure not to exceed 580 microwatts per square centimeter. But in order to be exposed to the maximum RF level, a person would have to stand within a few feet of the antenna for several minutes. Therefore it’s “extremely remote” for a member of the public to be exposed to radio frequency beyond the maximum FCC guidelines.

The applicant proposed to build the tower at 85 feet, which is the optimal height required by Verizon Wireless, but out of aesthetic considerations, Community Development Department staff is recommending the applicant to scale the height of the tower back to 65 feet.

The tower will be “camouflaged,” which means it will be designed in the form of a pine tree to screen the structure from public view and to mitigate aesthetic impacts.

Besides the Brunswick Basin tower and another proposed tower in the Idaho-Maryland Road area, the existing and proposed Verizon cell towers are all in the unincorporated Nevada County area and the Nevada City area.

In other business on Tuesday, the Planning Commission will go over a proposal to rezone the Whispering Pines Specific Plan Map Area from 1A Corporate Business District to 1B Industrial/Services District.

David Hunter, Pensco Trust Company, and Idaho Maryland Mining Corporation own the four parcels in the proposed project. The properties are all undeveloped.

The rezone will allow additional light-industrial and Business Park uses for the property owners.

For more information, go to http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com/government/agendas/planning-commission-1455678000.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email tliu@theunion.com.


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