Planning Commission approves wireless tower [Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.]
(Daily News (Bowling Green, KY) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 06--The Warren County Planning Commission voted Thursday evening to approve the placement of a new wireless communications tower and voted to repeal existing plans for frontage roads along some of Bowling Green's core roadways.
The 300-foot tower is set to be erected at 3542 Garrett Hollow Road on a 45-acre parcel zoned agriculture.
The tower will serve four clients, including T-Mobile USA, said Lou Katzerman of Tower Ventures in Memphis, Tenn.
The placement of cell towers is driven by customer complaints and the need for better cell and data coverage, he said.
A statement from Andy Johnson, regional development manager of T-Mobile USA, states that the new tower location is "absolutely required" to improve coverage in Bowling Green and northern Warren County.
"In the absence of this highly anticipated tower, a substantial hole in network coverage currently exists and the planned antenna height is critical for sufficient propagated signal levels," the statement reads.
Steve Hunter, executive director of the planning commission, said the tower placement meets all setback requirements from the property line and from residential properties.
It is also one of the goals of the Comprehensive Plan to promote cell and other telecommunications services throughout the county, he said.
The planning commission also approved the repeal of five frontage roads plans.
Instead, the city and county will rely on their own manuals and city-county submission regulations in determining access to major arterial roads on the future.
Frontage roads plans exist for Scottsville Road, Louisville Road, Morgantown Road, Veterans Memorial Lane and Russellville Road.
However, on several of those roads, little or none of the planned frontage road system has been completed.
The planning commission also heard a presentation about the county's Future Land Use Map on Thursday evening.
The areas allowable for uses such as industrial, high-density residential and mixed-use residential are largely already developed, which may mean there is little room for future growth, said Rachel Hetzler, the planning commission's Greenways coordinator.
Hunter said planning commission employees have had to tell several applicants looking to pursue some small industrial uses that they don't meet the Future Land Use Map.
He said it may be time to take another look at the map and make some changes.
Those changes would have to be approved by the planning commission as well as the county and the city governments within the county, including the Bowling Green City Commission.
-- Katie Brandenburg covers government. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BGDNgovtbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.
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