“Fight the Tower: Save Burbank Neighborhoods” has formed — residents in Burbank organized to protect our homes and schools from cell towers.
Burbank ACTION applauds their efforts!
They’ve launched a new website, SaveBurbankNeighborhoods.com
Their first item of action?
To protect residents and schools against the proposed T-Mobile wireless facility project at the Little White Chapel in an R-1 zone — surrounded by single-family homes and near Bret Harte elementary school, and Luther Burbank Middle School.
The Burbank Leader reports that, despite resident opposition, on Feb. 27, 2012, our City’s Planning Board approved this project, with a 4-1 vote. Board Member Vahe Hovanessian, to his credit, cast the dissenting “No” vote.
Residents have appealed this decision to City Council, which will hear the item on May 22, 2012.
Little White Chapel is located at 17111 Avon Street. Here is more info on Project Number 090004377 (see Item 2 under Hearings): http://burbank.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4399
How did this affront to residents happen? When the city was updating its wireless facility ordinance (2009-2011), T-Mobile and our city’s planning staff had proposed the idea of changing our ordinance to allow wireless facilities on “private institutional” (private schools and churches) in R-1 zones.
Burbank ACTION residents opposed to cell towers in our neighborhood told the Planning Staff, and the Planning Board and City Council Members not to make this change, because in other communities where cell towers were proposed at churches in R-1 zones, such proposed projects were divisive — dividing communities, and pitting residents against churches, and residents against the city’s planning staff.
But, despite this resident warning and opposition, our Planning Board Members Doug Drake, Kenneth San Miguel, Undine Petrulis, and Kimberly Jo, and City Council Members Gary Bric, Dave Golonski, Jess Talamantes, and Emily Gabel-Luddy by voice or action did not see any problem with this proposed change, and failed to take any action to remove this proposed change from the ordinance update.
The Burbank Leader reports that the group has also asked the School District to take a stand against cell towers.
Contact them today to support their efforts.
Donate to their cause if you want to protect your homes, schools, loved ones, family, children, neighborhood, real estate values, and community.
When you contact them, ask them how you can join their efforts and help them get more signatures, participate at events, and lend your support at the upcoming City Council appeal hearing.
Their e-mail is: email@example.com
Credit: Photos and Fight the Tower poster artwork by Save Burbank Neighborhoods