Lafayette County, MS will be adding a Verizon cell tower to their landscape, reports HottyToddy.com. Plans call for a 250-foot self-collapsing tower on a quarter acre lot in mTrade Park, a designated sports and recreational park in Oxford, MS. The Lafayette County Planning Commission approved the requests for its construction last week.
The Commission also recommended approval of a conditional use permit for the tower, a dimensional five-foot variance, and both preliminary and final site plans for the tower’s construction. The request to place the cell tower still needs approval from the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors.
Some local residents near the site signed a petition against the proposed cell tower, citing concerns about diminishing property values and health worries. Plans are for the tower to occupy a wooded area, with additional evergreens placed around the base to further disguise the structure.
As Verizon rep., David McGhee said, “Verizon has a coverage need in this area they are trying to meet. This spot would help meet that need.” The new cell tower would mean improved connectivity in the area, especially for emergency services.
“I understand nobody wants a cell tower in their backyard and I can sympathize with that,” said Commissioner Ray Garrett. “But at the same time, how do we address the concern of [failed] emergency calls on the lake that predates everybody in my lifetime basically.”
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