Wireless Application for Sites Near Piedmont High School

At its regular meeting on November 20, 2017, the City Council approved, with conditions, Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances for a facility located across from 314 Wildwood Avenue. Previously at a special meeting on October 30, 2017, the City Council approved, with conditions, Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances for three sites 1) near 340-370 Highland Avenue, 2) 740 Magnolia Avenue, and 3) 799 Magnolia Avenue. In addition, at its regular meeting of October 16, 2017, the City Council denied Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances submitted by Crown Castle for five of the sites included in the application: 150 Highland Avenue, 303 Hillside Avenue, 428 El Cerrito Avenue, 352 Jerome Avenue, and 1159 Winsor Avenue.

 


Crown Castle and Beacon Development filed applications in November 2016 for nine Verizon distributed antenna system wireless communication facilities, located generally around Piedmont Park and Piedmont High School. Crown Castle is a company that builds wireless communications facilities and then leases them to wireless service providers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.

The projects consist of five installations on the tops of existing utility poles, three installations on the tops of existing street light poles, and one installation on a new light. The applicants have proposed that ground equipment related to the pole top antennas be located in various locations including cabinets shaped like mailboxes, behind shrouds mounted on poles and street lights, and in underground vaults in the sidewalk. The proposal will require final approval from the City Council. Click to read more information about the application and the review process.

The Piedmont Park Commission considered this application at its regular meetings of June 7, 2017 and November 1, 2017. The Piedmont Planning Commission considered this application at its regular meeting of June 12, 2017. The staff reports for these meeting are available on the Planning Department web page.