The City Gets An Opportunity to Dress Up An Unsightly Cellphone Tower

If all goes well, the City of Menifee may get a chance to conceal a rather tall, unsightly, cell pho...

If all goes well, the City of Menifee may get a chance to conceal a rather tall, unsightly, cell phone tower as a tree or windmill.

Yesterday, the Planning Commission listened to representatives from Metro PCS, a pre-paid wireless communications company, seeking to add its own antennas on an existing cellphone tower.

The tower, located 25770 Bundy Canyon Road, was originally placed there in 2000 with approval from the County of Riverside, back before Menifee had become a city. Since then, the City of Menifee adopted requirements on cellphone towers, particularly that they cannot exceed 70 feet in height.

But this particular tower is nearly 107 feet tall, having been grandfathered in before the city adopted any requirements.

City Hall wanted to deny Metro PCS' application on grounds that the tower is out of compliance, even though it was grandfathered in, thereby putting pressure on the tower's owner, American Tower Corp, to replace it with a shorter tower, or force Metro PCS to erect an additional tower.

However Metro PCS didn't want to erect its own tower citing costs, and preferred to utilize available space on this existing tower.

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Metro PCS claimed it has approximately one million users throughout the greater Los Angeles area, which it considers Menifee to be a part of. They exh