BZA approves data pole, cell tower requests

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Jul 02, 2013 - 02:42 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Zoning Appeals approved two applications for cellular communications transmission equipment during a meeting on June 25 in the colonial courthouse.

Stuart Squier of GDNsites on behalf of Celico Partnership, trading as Verizon Wireless, VerizonSouth, Inc., property owner, was granted a special exception for establishment of a temporary, 80-foot high, wooden data pole at 6534 Main Street. The property, located in the Ware Magisterial District, is zoned Village Business (B-2).

The second, related application involved placement of a 155-foot cellular monopole tower nearby. That tower will replace an existing lattice-type tower which Verizon officials said is not suitable to hold more advanced cellular equipment.

The data pole is seen as a temporary fix while the new tower is being erected, Verizon officials said. Nobody from the public spoke during the two hearings.

In recommending for the applications, planner Tripp Little said the data pole and new tower would allow improved, 4G cell communications service in this area. This will have a positive impact on economic development, Little said.

Also, Little said that the Gloucester Historical Committee, meeting June 18, endorsed the projects with no objections.