From the June 27, 2013 Zoning Board of Appeals agenda: New Cingular Wireless LLC, for 274 North Road, seeks a Special Permit per Sections 4.4.5 and 14.6 of the Zoning By-Law to construct a 125’ monopole tower with associated equipment and access road, and a Variance per Section 184.108.40.206 of a Zoning By-Law to allow tower within allowable setback for nearest residential property line. The Citizen received the following article from abutter Norm Sutherland who attended the June 27 meeting.
Special to The Bedford Citizen from Norm Sutherland
At its June 27 meeting Bedford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) discussed a proposal to construct a free-standing wireless transmission tower on private property along North Road. Bedford resident Rosario (Sonny) Ferrante is in negotiations with AT&T, a subsidiary of Cingular Wireless since 2004, to erect the tower.
The 125’ monopole tower would be located at the rear of Ferrante’s property, visible from the historic Job Lane House, and to many North Road, Dudley Road and Huckins Farm residents.
During its June 27 meeting, ZBA members questioned AT&T representatives extensively about viability of alternate sites, safety issues in the event of a tower collapse, and other ramifications of the proposed construction.
The construction requires approval from the Town of Bedford, in particular to obtain a variance on the minimum setback from nearest property line. The Town requires a minimum setback equal to the height of the tower (125’), but AT&T seeks approval of a 53’ setback.
The ZBA asked AT&T to come back with more complete information at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 8.
Public input is welcome during the August 8 hearing, and written concerns may be addressed to Angelo Colasante, Chairman of Bedford’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall – 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, 01730.
AT&T’s plans are available for perusal in the Code Enforcement office at Town Hall on Mudge Way.