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MUP approved for Temepa Road wireless facility

The county’s Planning Commission approved a Major Use Permit which will allow for a wireless telecommunications facility off of Temepa Road in Pala.

The April 2 permit approval involves AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon co-locating equipment on the undeveloped property owned by Larry and Marguerite Pilkington. A 50-foot false broadleaf tree will host 48 panel antennas and one microwave dish antenna, while an equipment cabinet will be screened by a concrete masonry unit wall and by new landscaping.

The property in the 11400 block of Temepa Road has A70 (limited agricultural) zoning, which requires a Major Use Permit to site a wireless telecommunications facility. Although preferred zones include parcels with commercial and industrial zoning and some special purpose zoning, no other preferred zones in the service area exist that meet the coverage objective.

Preferred locations include existing structures such as water tanks, utility towers and poles, traffic lights, certain street lights, commercial and industrial buildings, government facilities, or co-located towers. Because of the co-location of the service providers’ facilities, the site is considered a preferred location. A temporary water tank will use water trucked in to the site to provide automatic watering of the landscaping which will screen the equipment.

The parcel itself totals 3.21 acres, and the facility will utilize 2,650 square feet on the southwestern portion of the parcel. The associated equipment will consist of one fiber cabinet on a pre-cast concrete pad, one electrical transformer on a pre-cast concrete pad, and one telecommunications distribution panel. Both the equipment and the false tree will be surrounded by a concrete masonry unit wall eight feet high.

The trenching for telecommunication lines will run approximately 273 feet from the equipment northwest to a wooden utility pole which will be constructed and will connect with an existing overhead line and utility pole 101 feet to the north. Access to the site will be from a private access road off of Temepa Road.

In addition to the associated equipment, the equipment cabinet will consist of two air conditioning units and a 30-kilowatt emergency backup generator.

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