Guest column: Why we oppose the Incline Village cell tower (opinion)
Incline Village residents are protesting the proposed cell tower on Village Boulevard.
Although we’re not against enhanced cell coverage, we are against the eyesore of a 117-foot monopole in the middle of Incline towering 30 or more feet above surrounding trees and buildings, sitting within a few hundred feet of high-density residences (including six homeowner associations), on an 1,800-square-foot cement pad with four large equipment boxes, a huge propane gas container, and a noisy emergency generator behind a 6-foot fence, all less than 50 feet from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Class 1 biking/walking path on Village Boulevard, which is one of Incline’s most highly trafficked streets.
For these reasons — and others having to do with the faulty application of Incline Partners — we’re appealing the April 4 Board of Adjustment approval of the tower (a 2 to 1 decision), which the Board of Commissioners will hear in May.
We contend the Washoe planner did not accurately represent public input, so Board of Adjustment members didn’t know how many Incline residents were vehemently against the tower even though 21 Incline residents attended to speak against it. Only one spoke in favor.
At the IV CAB meeting March 4, out of 25 Incline residents present, all but two were against the tower.
Most residents with AT&T have no problem with service, and in fact, AT&T’s online coverage map for Incline shows all areas being served. Another tower is being built near Tunnel Creek to provide better coverage to Verizon users on the east side.
To serve the west side of IV and Crystal Bay, some have suggested building a new Verizon tower on the Washoe County maintenance yard off Nevada Route 431.
Obviously, we need a much better survey of cell service in Incline Village based on actual reportage from residents using different providers, so tower applicants can better target their services to our needs.
We hope everyone will support our efforts to keep Incline Village, as Architectural Digest ranked it, “the prettiest town in Nevada.”
Ronda Tycer is the recorder of the IV Community Forum.