Planning Commission Recommends Denial of Cell Tower Permit, NW of Beatrice

BEATRICE –  The Gage County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a special use permit for an existing tower, sought by Viaero Wireless, northwest of Beatrice.   The company is purchasing just over four acres from Tallgrass Energy, where the free standing, approximately 200-foot tower is located.  The tower was built in 1982.

Because the more than ten-acre parcel of land was being split off, the tower lost its conforming use status, under county zoning rules.

Viaero spokesman Mike Harms, of Grand Island, told the commission, the company has been working on additional tower sites in Nebraska and Colorado.

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The company wanted to upgrade a building and install fencing at the tower site, located at Southwest 103rd and West Hickory Road.

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Commission members said once the slightly more than four acres was split off from another six acres of property at the site, the tower no longer met setback requirements from neighboring property and structures, thus requiring the special use permit.  Zoning commission member Terry Acton.

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One option for Viaero would be to enter a lease agreement with Tallgrass, which would retain the existing use without setback changes.

The commission recommended denial of the special use permit, on a 4-0 vote.  That recommendation now goes to the Gage County Board, which has the final say over whether the permit is granted, or not.

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