The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that the board on Wednesday voted down the use and area variance submitted by Nixon Peabody, representatives for Verizon Wireless.
The variance petition proposed the installation of a 100-foot wireless telecommunications tower adjacent to 40 Hallock St, which is owned by Chandler Street Baptist Church, also known as Hillcrest Baptist Church.
This area of the city is zoned R-1, single-family residential, and according to the zoning laws for the city, cellphone towers are only permitted in a commercial or manufacturing zone.
Also, the city’s zoning laws state that cell towers should not exceed 60 feet in height, but the proposed was 100 feet.
James Olson, zoning board member, made the motion to deny the use and area variance petition because information provided by the company showed that there might be alternative sites that could be acceptable for cellphone coverage. The denial was approved by the full board 6 to 0.
This was the third time the zoning board held a hearing on the proposal. The issue was tabled for more information following hearings held in September and November.