CORRECTION: PRRD does not accept proposed Telus telecommunications tower in Chetwynd

Note: Energeticcity previously reported that the PRRD passed the motion to write the concurrence. The council passed a motion to refuse to write the concurrence for the planned telecommunications tower.

CHETWYND, B.C. –The Peace River Regional District has not agreed to write a letter of concurrence allowing plans for the proposed TELUS communications tower on Browns Road in the district of Chetwynd.

During a virtual public hearing last November, the public expressed their concern over the location of the tower, among other issues.

To address the concerns that were raised during the meeting, TELUS proposed to shift the tower further from residential properties and closer to Highway 97 while staying within the original parcel of privately held land at 5437 Browns Road. 

Though other options for locations even farther removed from residential areas were proposed, the locations did not retain the required internet signal strength TELUS intended for the residential area. 

The concurrence from PRRD would have noted that the council has been consulted and was satisfied with plans for the tower and the consultation process undertaken by TELUS. The council refused to write the concurrence and did not accept the current location for the tower.

The refusal to write the concurrence is on behalf of residents in the region who voiced concerns over the new tower, including 11 landowners close by the proposed site.

The council also noted that TELUS may or may not investigate other potential sites for the tower, proposals for which will be examined as they arise.

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