Board OKs cell tower at Crest Canyon

A new cell phone tower will be installed at the entrance to Crest Canyon on Del Mar Heights Road after the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board approved the plan on Aug. 13 with a 6-4 vote.

Another proposed location was in Chris and Alison Cooper’s front yard at Del Mar Heights Road and Durango.

Board member Faye Detsky-Weil said the board’s policy has always been to keep cell sites away from residents. She voted against a motion by Adam Gevanthor to place the site at the Coopers’ home that failed 8-2 but also voted against the motion to place it at Crest Canyon.

Torrey Pines residents have long struggled with spotty cell phone coverage in the area.

Verizon Wireless proposed a solution, adding antennas to an existing light standard on the corner of Del Mar Heights and Durango, along with two 4-foot-tall equipment boxes.

The trouble was, the proposed site was the Coopers’ front yard.

The Coopers bought their home two and a half years ago. Six months ago they got the notice about the proposed antennas and equipment in their yard.

“My first reaction was: ‘Lucky us,’” Chris Cooper joked.

The Coopers went to work gathering 55 signatures from neighbors, prompting Verizon to find another site at Mar Scenic Drive and Del Mar Heights Road.

Shelly Kilborn, the Verizon representative, said that the alternative site at the south end of Crest Canyon provides about the same amount of coverage, although the site in front of the Cooper’s home is preferred.

Verizon’s alternative solution, approved by the board, mounts antennas on another light pole and places boxes on the corner of Scenic and Del Mar Heights Roads, the trailhead to Crest Canyon.

Gevanther, one of the two who voted to place the cell tower on the Coopers’ property, said that the board has a responsibility to protect open space, canyons and view sheds.

“Once they disappear they are gone forever,” Gevanther said. “They are the fabric of this community and we need to protect them for present and future generations.”

The board approved the Crest Canyon site on the condition that the boxes are surrounded by native plants and properly maintained.

Related posts:

  1. Cell site rejected
  2. Canyon Crest students tackle latest Challenge
  3. SRI eliminating the controversy in stem cell research
  4. ‘South Pacific’ opens at Canyon Crest Academy
  5. New park for Crest Road

Short URL:

Posted by ziggycute1 on Aug 20, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]
  • Candidates seek election to three Rancho Santa Fe special district boards
    Seats on the boards of directors of three special districts that provide such services as water, fire protection, sewage treatment and landscape maintenance are on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. The three special districts are the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services Distric […]