04-0479R

RESOLUTION GRANTING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO VERIZON WIRELESS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A 70-FOOT HIGH PERSONAL CELL PHONE MONOPOLE ANTENNA AND ACCESSORY BUILDING ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 825 PARTRIDGE AVENUE OWNED BY TROPICANA APARTMENTS, LTD. (VERIZON WIRELESS).

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

WHEREAS, Buell Consulting, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, has submitted to the city council a request for a special use permit for a personal cell phone monopole antenna and accessory building to be located at 825 Partridge Avenue, the Tropicana Apartments, Ltd., described as Lots 4 and 5, Block 1, Villa Village (Reference File No. 04056) and said permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing, and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and

WHEREAS, the approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and to protect property values in the neighborhood if conditions are observed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a special use permit is hereby granted to Verizon Wireless to allow for the installation and operation of a cellular phone antenna and associated equipment at 825 Partridge Avenue, subject to the following conditions:
(a) The tower is to be installed within one year of approval of the special use permit;
(b) Development is to follow the plans provided. Minor amendments or changes are subject to review by planning department staff. Major amendments or changes are subject to review by the planning commission;
(c) The tower is limited to 70 feet.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution grants a special use permit to Verizon Wireless for the erection of a 70 foot high cellular antenna monopole and accessory building on Tropicana Apartments, Ltd., property at 825 Partridge Avenue. The monopole and accessories will enable better reception for Verizon Wireless users in the Kenwood and Lower Kenwood areas of Duluth.

The planning commission approved this resolution by a vote of 7-3-1 (abstention) at its June 23, 2004, meeting. In addition, the commissioners amended the recommendation, setting the limit at 70 feet.

Date Filed: May 26, 2004
Action Deadline: July 26, 2004