September 26, 2012WHITEFIELD — Kevin Fadden of Industrial Communications LLC of Marshfield, Mass., discussed with the Planning Board at an informational hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the possibility of erecting a 195-foot-tall wireless tower on a privately owned parcel directly off Greenwood Street.
Fadden explained that he had met with property owners Claude and Sara Roy about the possibility of subdividing off three acres to provide access to the structure, designed to meet both BOCA and earthquake codes, according to the draft meeting minutes. The tower would require a clearing, approximately an 80- by 80-feet in size.
Industrial Communications has constructed 100 towers in New England and 500 across the country.
Fadden explained to Board chairman Ed Betz that he already has secured copies of the town's Comprehensive Development Guide as well as its Subdivision Regulations. He explained that he had also reviewed the file from when the Mountain View Grand received approval for its on-site windmill.
Betz said that if an application for the project does go forward, it would require subdivision approval at a publicly noticed hearing but likely not ZBA approval.
Board member Rep. John Tholl recused himself because he is related to the Roy family by marriage.
Betz explained to Fadden that Board approval would depend on a study that included consideration of the town's subdivision and comprehensive development regulations, as well as coverage maps, use by municipal emergency services, aesthetics, a balloon test, engineering plans, and an economic analysis.
The Bay State firm was founded in 1974. Fadden recommended that Whitefield Planning Board members look at the tower application that Industrial Communications had prepared in the Town of Bradford.