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On March 3, Atlas Tower asked the County for a temporary hold while they compile information to address the numerous deficiencies in their application. Keep an eye on this page for updates.
There will be little time to respond once Atlas Tower proceeds. The FCC’s “shot clock” requires Boulder County to act very quickly or the tower will be automatically approved under federal regs!
We already know these things won’t change: the increased fire risk to the foothills communities and the negative visual impacts across Boulder from a fake pine tree towering 50’ above the ridgeline.
UPDATE MAY 17: In just two days, over 50 homeowners signed on to the following letter complaining of Atlas Tower's deliberate misrepresentations:...
An overwhelming 94 percent of home buyers and renters surveyed by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) say they would pay less for a property located near a cell...
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County Meets with Citizens
Planning Department leaders held a video conference with citizens as requested in the March 5 community letter. They listened to concerns about Atlas Tower's misconduct and the many risks to the community. The County agreed to re-notify the community when Atlas Tower submits further information.
Application Put on Hold
Atlas Tower requested that Boulder County place its cell tower application on hold to enable it to address the numerous deficiencies and misrepresentations uncovered in its application. This is an important first victory for the community but the struggle is far from over. The County estimates that only 106 days will remain on the FCC’s “shot clock” once the hold is lifted. This means that the County will have to reach a decision within that time frame or risk automatic approval of the cell tower by the FCC. Please don’t wait for the hold to be lifted.
Safety Issues Raised
Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District tells County "[Atlas Tower] has failed to address safety issues such as, but not limited to, increased risk of wildfire and interference with evacuation procedures."
Neighbors Send Letter to Atlas Tower Owners - Boulder Residents Randi & Nathan Foster - No Response
"We write to appeal to you as our neighbors . . . . We believe that a fair conclusion to be drawn from what we now know about this project is that it was pursued without sufficient consideration of vital information." Atlas Tower and its owners provided no response.
Landowner and Atlas Tower Hold Community Meeting - Promises Unmet
Landowner apologized to neighbors claiming to be unaware of relative height differences between the water tank and trees compared to the cell tower. Atlas Tower's lawyer refuted that Landowner was unaware of height differences and promised to provide numerous items of additional information to neighbors but failed to deliver.
Public Health Water Quality Sends Referral
Boulder's various departments have begun signing off on the project.
Referred to Other County Agencies
Boulder County sent the application to departments for their review and recommendations. These include Parks, Wildfire, Transportation, Building Division, DRSM, and Public Health Water Quality.
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