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Marana Cell tower decision on hold again

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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:00 pm

A decision about whether to build a cellular tower near houses in the Continental Ranch development has been put on hold yet again.

Slated to come before the Marana Town Council on Tuesday, March 17, the decision has been postponed until a to-be-determined day in May.

The proposed tower would stand at the southeast corner of Coachline Boulevard and Twin Peaks Road in the Twin Peaks Retail Center.

The initial proposal called for a 71-foot tower, but the size has been reduced to 61 feet for aesthetic reasons.

The tower site would cover a radius of 2.5 miles and would be low-powered, which typically means 100 times lower than standards set by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a statement by Steve Olson of Crown Communications during a Marana Planning Commission meeting.

Olson said the nearest home stands about 390 feet from the tower site.

Continental Ranch residents have raised concerns about a tower lowering their property values at a time when foreclosures are common.

They also pointed to ongoing research regarding health risks of living near a cellular tower.

Continental Ranch’s Architectural Review Committee deemed the tower too tall at its initial height of 71 feet and deemed the wall to be built around it an eyesore.

Plans call for the proposed tower be disguised as a palm tree with at least two live palms nearby for context.

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