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Sep 02

Engineering Division - Installation of Wireless Telecommunication Facilities

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM by Suzanne Iarla

The Engineering Division has approved Encroachment Permit Applications for the installation of AT&T distributed antenna system (DAS) nodes, and associated equipment, on utility poles in the public right-of-way near the following addresses: 
     909 Balra Drive 
    762 Colusa Avenue
     202 Sea View Drive

The work includes a utility pole extension at the Balra Drive location and pole replacements at the Colusa Avenue and Sea View Drive locations. Construction work began on August 27, 2014 and is expected to last several weeks. The Conditional Use Permits for the installation of these wireless telecommunications facilities were approved by the City of El Cerrito Planning Commission on February 19, 2014. To ensure compliance with the Conditional Use Permits, Planning Division staff also reviewed the Encroachment Permit Applications.

An Encroachment Permit Application for a fourth location, near 7800 Eureka Avenue, is currently being reviewed by Engineering and Planning Division staff. The Planning Commission approval of the wireless telecommunications facility at this location was appealed by residents and was forwarded to the City Council for consideration on April 1, 2014. The City Council denied the appeal by conditioning approval on the replacement of the existing pole with an entirely new pole.