The Cape Elizabeth Planning Board has once again put off final approval of a proposed new cell tower on Avon Road.

At a meeting last week, the board said it needed more information before allowing the project to move forward.

After winning a lawsuit against the town, Verizon submitted a second site plan application in January, which was followed by one Planning Board meeting, a site walk and last week’s public hearing.

Now, before it would consider approving the proposal, the Planning Board says it needs a report on the overall cellular coverage the new tower would provide, a taller fence and added soundproofing, and information from the company to show exactly where antennas would be placed and how the site would be accessed by Verizon employees.

As they have all along, a group of residents turned out at the March 15 meeting to oppose the cell tower plan, citing concerns about noise, appearance and a negative impact on property values for homes adjacent to the tower location.

The Planning Board will take up the cell tower proposal again at its April 25 meeting.

Kate Gardner reports for the Forecaster and can be reached at 781-3661, ext. 125, or at [email protected]

Verizon is hoping to provide more cell coverage in Cape Elizabeth by placing antennas atop this abandoned water tower on Avon Road.


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