Cell tower zoning OK’d in Pleasant

Verizon Wireless received a special exception approval for a 250-foot communication tower, the fourth since 2013, on Mohawk Avenue in Pleasant Township from the Warren County Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday.

A 23-foot variance was also granted to William Knight for a residence in Columbus Township.

The board approved the communications tower for Verizon Wireless with an exception to a landscaping requirement, since there are no residential homes near the tower, according to representatives of Smartlink, the actual applicant on behalf of Verizon.

Approving the tower, which met the board’s requirements, would improve the coverage area in the southern part of Warren County, according to documents filed by Verizon.

“There’s a hole there,” Peter McMillin of Smartlink said. “We need a site to fill that hole.”

The Verizon tower will have no guy lines and will be surrounded by a eight-foot high fence with barb wire. Verizon agreed to place privacy slots around the tower if the area opens up to residential use. The area is currently zoned as an ACR (agriculture, conservation, recreation) district.

Smartlink representatives noted Verizon has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for the tower plans. In 2013, the board approved three Verizon towers two in Eldred Township and one in Southwest Township.

The board also approved a variance for Knight at 191 Sample Flats road in Columbus Township. Knight requested a variance to build a single-family dwelling on .45 acres on the site of a home that was destroyed by a fire.