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Cell tower approved

Staff reports

Plans for an 87-foot cellular tower on Bently Nevada’s existing campus have been approved.

The Douglas County Planning Commission approved the request Aug. 17.

The pole will be shared by Nextel Communications and Pacific Bell Wireless. The companies are trying to improve cellular service in the area.

The pole will be surrounded by Bently’s Buckeye Road offices, as well as a power transfer station and an auto storage area.

Douglas County granted some concessions for the facility. The height limit was raised from 80 to 87 feet and the pole will be a foot away from the property line instead of the 17.2 feet that would normally be required. In addition, the pole will be only 600 feet from another tower that is located at the Douglas County Law Enforcement Building across Buckeye Road. Typically, the towers would have to be a mile apart.

No complaints were lodged about the proposal. Douglas is requiring that the pole be painted a flat, dark gray or other color that will blend in with the surrounding areas.

An earlier proposal to locate a cellular tower at the Douglas County communications center, near the old courthouse on Eighth Street, was met with resistance by residents who thought a pole would detract from the neighborhood.

The county has since developed an ordinance regulating telecommunications facilities. The standards were adopted in March.