Council wants to make sure a new cell phone tower at Rotary Stadium isn’t an eyesore. (City of Abbotsford image)

New Rogers cell tower at Rotary stadium should look nice, council says

Light pole at Abbotsford park to be replaced by even-taller cell tower

A new cell tower at Rotary Stadium shouldn’t be ugly, council declared last week.

Rogers wants to replace an existing light pole on the east side of Rotary’s track with a taller structure that would include lights, but also an array of telecommunications equipment.

Many such towers are already scattered around Abbotsford’s urban area, but the city doesn’t currently have a policy requiring such towers to be pleasing to the eye.

That led Coun. Bruce Banman to seek to amend the city’s recommended requirements for Rogers’ new pole to be “more esthetically pleasing.”

He pointed to towers in other communities that are made to look like trees.

“Is there any way of making this blend in a little nicer?” he asked. “Is there a way of making this a little bit more subtle?”

Coun. Patricia Ross said that while a tree design might not work, other options exist to make the towers look better.

Banman’s amendment narrowly passed, with Ross and Couns. Les Barkman, Brenda Falk and Kelly Chahal voting in favour, and the rest of council opposed. The divide was, in part, over the amendment process and whether council should weigh in before or after a public comment period at the next meeting.

Coun. Sandy Blue suggested the city should create a policy to guide the esthetics of future proposed towers.

Mayor Henry Braun, meanwhile, said that only so much can be done to disguise a communications tower at the site.

“It doesn’t really matter what we’re going to do here, it’s going to be obtrusive.”

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
tolsen@abbynews.com


@ty_olsen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Salvation Army kettle campaign raises $121,000 in Abbotsford

Christmas fundraising up $20,000 over previous year

DNA confirms SUV struck and killed Abbotsford cyclist in 2015, court hears

Kerry Froese operated company that owned vehicle that struck and killed Ronald James Scott in 2015

Abbotsford Panthers win 2020 Timberwolves Classic

Senior girls defeat the OKM Huskies in final, senior boys tournament begins Thursday

VIDEO: UFV’s Espinosa, Bains earn gold at Cascades Classic

Abbotsford event draws top wrestlers in the Canada West

Trial begins for Abbotsford chicken farmer charged with 2015 fatal hit-and-run

Kerry Froese is charged with hitting cyclist Ronald Scott on Mt. Lehman Road

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sex assaults linked, RCMP ask women not to walk alone in Coquitlam park

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Most Read