Planner voices concern over proposed cell tower

The town has raised concern with plans to build a cell tower off Ledges Road.

In a letter to the state siting council, which has ultimate authority on cell tower and other infrastructure applications, Town Planner Betty Brosius spoke on behalf of town planning officials.

She highlighted potential problems such as possible flooding on Ledges Road due to stormwater runoff from the site.

“We agree with the Conservation Commission’s comment that calculations should support, and the design of storm water management should control, the peak rate and total volume of runoff from the development of the property at the existing conditions level for 1- to 100-year storm events,” she said in her letter to the siting council. “The site drains to the nearby wetland and water runs rapidly to the south during large storm events, toward Ledges Road, where there are downhill properties that may sustain damage if runoff is not properly controlled.”

Ms. Brosius also was worried about what she said was a lack of clarity about where the discharge from the retention basins would be directed.

“We agree with the Conservation Commission that any discharge should be non-erosive,” she said.

Other concerns that were raised in the letter included: erosion and sedimentation controls during the road construction phase of the project; the grading and filling that is needed to create the compound for the tower; and, the need for a tracking pad to avoiding the tracking of loose soil on town roads.

“There is a significant amount of fill to be imported to the site,” Ms. Brosius said. “We agree with the Zoning Enforcement Officer that a construction sequencing plan should be developed, and disturbance of the site must be carefully controlled.”

She added that the expectation is that contractors will be responsible for repairing any damage done on local streets during the construction.

Homeland Towers, LLC, a Danbury-based company, submitted plans to the siting council for a proposed 250-foot cell tower. The application was received on Feb. 24.

The siting council will host a public hearing on April 24 in town from 3 to 9 p.m. in the lower level conference room in town hall.

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