Proposed Telecommunications Tower Will Relocate
A planning application for a telecommunications tower was recently submitted to the Town for the property locally known as 55 Lansdowne Avenue. The application, submitted by Shared Network Canada, proposed a 35-metre (115 feet) monopole telecommunication tower to improve wireless service in Town. This property is directly adjacent to the new Carleton Junction park.
Cellular towers and other telecommunication facilities are regulated by the Federal Government through Industry Canada. Therefore, these facilities are not subject to regulation under the Planning Act or the Town’s by-laws and as a result, the tower defaults to Industry Canada’s public consultation process.
While technically, Shared Network Canada was not obligated to submit a planning application to the Town for the tower, the applicant consciously and voluntarily chose to do so and to follow the Town’s notice requirements. All public and Council feedback was submitted to the applicant. After considering the input from all sources, Shared Network Canada has generously agreed to work with stakeholders in the community to relocate the tower to a more appropriate location while maintaining their intent for quality cell service.
“We appreciate Shared Network Canada’s desire to work in partnership with the community to find a more appropriate location for the tower,” says Mayor Doug Black. Council believes this is a win-win solution for our community.”
“By working with Shared Network Canada, we have ensured that our citizens have access to greater cell coverage while also maintaining the visual appeal of Carleton Junction park and our downtown core,” says Toby Randell, Councillor for the Town of Carleton Place.