A small victory to empower people and neighborhoods was won yesterday at the city council. The Brooklyn Neighborhood (inner SE area south of Powell) won an appeal to the city council against the building of a new Cell Phone Tower on Milwaukie Ave. The vote was unanimous - Francesconi, Leonard, Sten and Saltzman all voted in favor of the neighborhood! This appeal and battle was seen as having a potential impact in other neighborhoods across the city who also may face Cell Phone tower issues in the very near future (such as HAND). Putting the tower in or near residential areas was one of the issues raised, Brooklyn has other towers in industrial areas - but this would have been very near several houses and apartments.
The following is taken from an email the Brooklyn Neighborhood Association Board sent out yesterday:
The City Council heard arguments against the Land Use Hearings Officer ruling to allow a conditional use permit for T Mobile / Voice Stream Wireless, to erect a cell tower on the site of the Yummy Garden. Testimonials were given by 10 neighborhood activists countering the findings of the Hearings Officer.
The appeal was submitted by the Brooklyn Action Corps to the City Council on behalf of the neighborhood. The final vote was discussed by Commissioners Francesconi, Leonard, Sten and Saltzman. All voted in favor of repealing the decision of the Hearings Officer.
Their decision was based on the discussion of the ruling that stated that the cell tower would not have a "negative impact" on the neighborhood and also that T Mobil / Voice Stream Wireless had not thoroughly searched alternative sites that would have had less impact.
This appeal and the positive decision of the council reaffirms the neighborhoods position that the "Little Voice" can be heard but it takes diligent effort and a lot of time on the part of many people.
Thanks to all who had input. WE WON!!
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