By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments will take up a proposal Thursday to install an 83-foot-tall cellphone tower off Highway 12 across from the entrance to Oakmont.
The faux-tree installation would include six antennae panels at the top of the tower plus ground level radio cabinets and a backup diesel generator for emergency power, all surrounded by a chain-link fence. Outside the fence would sit two truck-sized storage containers.
The 540-square-foot Verizon Wireless facility is slated for the northeastern portion of a 26-acre parcel occupied by Novavine, a commercial vineyard and olive tree nursery that sits just south of Oakmont Drive on the east side of Highway 12.
County studies have concluded the installation would have no significant impacts on the environment, human health, safety or traffic and would not conflict with existing uses in the area.
Some landowners say they are concerned about the tower’s affect on scenery, including views of the nearby Mayacmas Mountains, and possible exposure to radio frequency radiation from the tower.
Others support the tower, saying it would provide better cellphone coverage for area residents.
The public hearing begins at 1 p.m. at the county planning department, 2550 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa.