Additional Conditional Use Hearing Required for Liberty Towers
Minor changes to the Liberty Towers proposal requires another conditional use hearing.
The Upper Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners held a conditional use hearing during their scheduled August 20 meeting, in regards to the application of Liberty Towers, LLC, c/o Seidel Planning & Design. Ltd.
Plans to build a wireless communications tower on George and Helen Makarevicz’s property at 96 Pine Ford Road were originally presented in front of the board in a 2010 conditional use hearing.
According to the official Pennsylvania Public Notice on the matter, “The applicant proposes to construct and operate a wireless communication facility, which consists of one antenna support structure; fencing; two parking spaces; and a gravel road access.”
After consideration by the commissioners, the applicants were approved for the conditional use as long as they comply with all the conditions set forth under the Upper Pottsgrove zoning ordinance, as well as the terms agreed upon during the 2010 hearing. However, due to boundary changes of the property, previously approved plans for the location of the proposed access road will need to be altered and the applicants’ legal representation, Lemanowicz LLP, would have to resubmit their request for conditional use.
“The applicant had previously received conditional use approval for a proposed cell tower, but are resubmitting the conditional use to change the location of the access easement to the communications facility,” said Commissioner Garner.
The board agreed that the applicant would not be required to re-present their entire plan for the Liberty Towers project, but would only have to explain why the positioning of the access road would be altered.
Lemanowicz assured that no other details to the original proposal were being changed. The tower will still look like a windmill, standing no-more than 150 feet tall, that the positioning of the tower remains the same, that they will still contribute to land development, and that if there is no contract with a carrier the project will not proceed.
Members of the board called the hearing to a close, informing Lemanowicz that there didn’t appear to be any issue or cause for concern in receiving a new conditional use approval, however, that the board would announce its decision within 45 days.