Press Release from Responsible Cell Regarding New San Marcos Cell Tower Ordinance
New San Marcos Cell Tower Ordinance Lacks Resident’s Protections
San Marcos released the proposed cell tower ordinance that includes Mayor Desmond’s requests to allow “clustering” more Macro Cell Towers in San Elijo Hills and San Marcos. The ordinance does not include any requests from Responsible Cell, a group representing San Elijo Hills and San Marcos residents.
As Connie Signorino of Responsible Cell stated, “The Ordinance will reduce property values and delay the filling of cell voids in our community while maximizing cell company profits.
This Ordinance mandates at least 3 Macro Cell Towers on Antilla Way and Orion Way in San Elijo Hills. Many of these homes will be just 200 feet from the maximum microwave radiation emissions from these towers.
The number of allowable cell towers is based on lot size, not their distance from homes and schools. The property the San Elijo homes back up to is 10.2 acres and the ordinance allows 3 macro cell towers on lots larger than 10.1 acres. This property owner is enriched at their neighbor’s expense.
The Ordinance allows two additional pine tree cell towers next to San Elijo Hills
What San Marcos needs to fill cell phone voids is safe small cell technology, (DAS). DAS systems do not create visual blight, safety concerns and lower property values and can fill cell phone voids in a fraction of the time a large macro cell tower can be approved and erected.
Responsible Cell wants the Ordinance to include reasonable distance and DAS mandates and:
- Enforceable third party site analysis if a cell tower is near homes or schools
- Mandate safe small cell technology (faster, safer cell service with no visual blight)
- Citizen Cell Review Council and an Integrated San Marcos City cell tower plan
- Maintain the residents protections in the January Ordinance
The three San Elijo Hills macro cell towers will provide service to neighboring cities. This is why they are so profitable for the cell companies. Residents have asked Mayor Desmond to protect their property values and not the cell company’s profits. To-date the Mayor is insisting this Cell Farm be erected even though, on a per capita basis, San Marcos already has 19% more cell towers than the rest of the country.
The Planning Commission will vote to approve the ordinance on June 26, 6:00 p.m. at One Civic Center Drive in San Marcos. If residents do not attend and speak out at these meetings, the City is set to approve this Ordnance.
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