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MARCH 21, 2005SHAWNEE PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTESPAGE 3

Commissioner Jenkins, seconded by Commissioner Bedora, moved that Consent Item 2, 3, 4, 5 6 7 & 8 be approved, subject to staff recommendations.  The motion carried 9-0.

Item No. 3

SUP-4-02-03: review of the special use permit previously issued to WOODLAND COMMUNICATIONS TOWER, for a 150-foot monopole communications tower, located at 5289 Woodland.  Last review, March 2004.

This was a consent item.

This is the scheduled review of a special use permit issued to Woodland Communications to construct a 180-foot monopole telecommunications tower at 5239 Woodland Drive.  The special use permit was first issued in March, 2002, and was last reviewed in March, 2004.  The monopole has not yet been constructed.  This new tower will replace an existing tower located on the site.  The existing tower was used by WesTech a cable television service provider that was purchased by Time Warner.  Staff has discussed with the applicant the current timing schedule for construction of the tower.  With the current wave of mergers in the telecommunications industry complete, the applicant has received interest from carriers.

RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends extension of SUP-4-02-03 for the construction of a 180-foot monopole telecommunications tower at 5239 Woodland Drive, for a period of one (1) year subject to the following conditions:

1.

The existing 150-foot tower shall be removed no later than the construction and wiring of the new tower;

2.

The documents submitted to the Codes Administration Division for building permits shall indicate the location of the fall zone and be sealed by a licensed Kansas structural engineer;

3.

The applicant shall agree to enter into good faith negotiations with other communications providers to allow co-habitation of this monopole, and shall agree to its removal should this technology become obsolete;

4.

The applicant shall provide two revised copies of the plan indicating the minimum height of the white pines to be five (5) to six (6) feet in height when planted prior to issuance of a building permit; and

5.

The Special Use Permit shall be reviewed in one (1) year.

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION

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