Rogers checks out new tower sites
The proposed Taylor Way cellphone tower has been put on hold as Rogers Communications Inc. examines alternative sites.
Having met with District of West Vancouver staff two weeks ago, the company has put the consultation process on pause while it seeks out different locations for the 29.5 metre structure. Initially, the company was focused on the grassy median between Highway 1 and its westbound off ramp — a plot outside West Van’s jurisdiction.
The proposal created a stir with council, some of whom stated the site wasn’t appropriate because it is the gateway to West Van.
There are many considerations and limitations with respect to where a tower can be placed, such as terrain, tree clearance, existing structures and proximity to where service needs to be enhanced, said Sara Holland, Rogers’s western region communications manager.
“We are working with the district to explore whether, in consideration of all these factors, we can find a solution that will work for all,” she said.
Although the Rogers’ proposal was to build the tower on Ministry of Transportation property, the district would go over the design and issue the building permit, Coun. Bill Soprovich said. Industry Canada regulations require communication companies must follow a land use consultation process with the local land use authority — that’s West Van, he said, adding the proposed site doesn’t allow any space for tower maintenance.