The Planning Commission on Tuesday will consider an application from AT&T to put up eight antennas and other equipment atop an office building to improve wireless service in a region west of Interstate 680.
The cell phone provider filed a permit application with the city in February, asking to place several antennas over one of the office buildings on Ryan Industrial Court, a business park just off Old Crow Canyon Road.
Antennas in the plans are 30 feet tall. The application also asks for permission to put six equipment cabinets inside an empty office suite inside the building.
The wireless station would be unmanned. The installation would be mostly obscured by the redwood trees that surround the property even though the antennas would be placed on the edge of the rooftop, according to plans filed with the city.
"As long as the trees on the adjacent properties are maintained, the visual impacts to the adjacent properties from the antennas would be less than significant," City of San Ramon Associate Planner Shinei Tsukamoto wrote in a staff report.
Notice of the application was mailed to more than 50 property owners around the project site, according to the city.
Also on the agenda...
- A discussion item: Should the city raise the amount that telecommunications companies have to contribute to landscaping and beautification in exchange for land use and minor use permits? Since 2001, wireless carriers have shelled out $10,000 for minor use and $25,000 for land use permits. But the cost of landscaping and construction has risen over the past decade – plus, there's inflation to consider. The city proposes raising the contributions to $12,600 and $31,500 for minor and land use permits, respectively.
- Another discussion: What does the city's zoning ordinance mean by "a large fountain?" A resident on Sunset Court installed 7-foot-8-inch fountain, which drew a complaint from a resident in the neighborhood about its size and noise. City planners said that although the zoning ordinance doesn't specify what a "large fountain" is, the official interpretation in this case is that this one qualifies and requires a 4-foot-8-inch setback to lessen the impact to neighbors. Commissioners will discuss this interpretation Tuesday.
At a glance
WHAT: Planning Commission meeting
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: City Council Chamber, 2222 Camino Ramon