Proposed cell tower in Cranston

Rogers Communications Inc. has proposed the construction of a 30 metre tall cell phone monopole to be located in the heart of our community at the Cranston Place condos at 304 Cranston Drive SE. As this is considered private property, Rogers is entitled to build this structure in this location, provided they obtain votes 75% in favour of the proposal from the registered owners of the condo’s.

On October 27, 2015 Rogers held an open house on the proposal from 5-7pm at Century Hall. Per Federal regulations, they were required to notify all Cranston residents within a 300 metre radius of the proposed site. The open house allowed a forum for residents within the 300 metre radius to ask questions, view a photographic mock-up of the proposed cell tower and read about Federal regulation of cell towers, and the process.

The Cranston Community Association has received overwhelming feedback from the community about this tower. The majority of residents are opposed to the construction of this tower, as proposed. There are a variety of concerns that have been raised:

  • The proposed tower does not adhere to several sections of the City of Calgary’s Telecommunication Antenna Structures Siting Protocols which provides recommendations/guidelines for where cell phone towers/antennas can and cannot be placed.
  • The cell phone tower is less than 75 metres away from the closest residence.
  • The tower is located within 100 metres of the Cranston Middle School (currently in construction) on the corner of Cranson Drive and Cranston Road and 300 metres from the daycare located in Century Hall.
  • Rogers has not disclosed/proposed any alternative sites where the antennas could be located.
  • The antenna does not fit in with the aesthetic of Cranston and will impact resident’ enjoyment of the community.
  • Health concerns. The proposed tower conforms to the regulations and guidelines outlined in Health Canada’s Safety Code 6.

 

How can I get more information?

The Cranston Community Association is updating our website as new information comes in, and as this proposal moves through the process. Please bookmark our website (www.cranstonca.com) and check back regularly for updates. You can view the full proposal, including information and drawings received directly from Rogers.

What are the next steps?

While the City of Calgary is not the formal approving authority for cell phone towers, the proposal does need to be presented to the city before it is approved Federally.

Rogers is expected to prepare a formal proposal to the City of Calgary for a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence. Depending on the outcome of this recommendation, there will be one of two outcomes:

  1. If the City recommends concurrence: Rogers sends a proposal to Transport Canada and NAV Canada for formal approval of the project.
  2. It the City recommends non-concurrence: Rogers sends an appeal to Industry Canada. Industry Canada provides a decision on whether to approve or deny the proposal.

I have concerns about this tower, what can I do?

  1. Educate yourself about the process. Cell towers & antennas are Federally regulated and approved, and fall under the Radiocommunication Act. The City of Calgary must provide a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence toward the proposal, but this does not guarantee approval or denial of the proposed tower.
  2. Ask questions. Contact one of the experts in their field to ask questions & gather facts about the tower. Some useful contacts are provided below.
  3. Send written feedback. The Cranston Community Association is currently collecting electronic feedback through our website (see the feedback form below). This feedback will be important to supply to the City of Calgary in the decision to provide concurrence/non-concurrence. The CCA will compile all feedback and send as one formal submission to the City. Please ensure you include your address in any written feedback you provide.
  4. Sign the Petition: The Cranston Community Association has created and circulated a Federal petition to the Minister of Industry urging consideration of an alternative site for this tower. This petition will be very important to have once this proposal goes for federal approval. You can download your own copy of the petition from our post below.

 

FEEDBACK FORM

Make sure your voice is heard! All email feedback will be collected and submitted to the City of Calgary Planning & Development upon receipt of a formal submission from Rogers Wireless. Some things to consider when sending your feedback:

  • The proposed tower does not adhere to several sections of the City of Calgary’s Telecommunication Antenna Structures Siting Protocols which provides recommendations/guidelines for where cell phone towers/antennas can and cannot be placed.
  • The cell phone tower is less than 75 metres away from the closest residence.
  • The tower is located within 100 metres of the Cranston Middle School (currently in construction) on the corner of Cranson Drive and Cranston Road and 300 metres from the daycare located in Century Hall.
  • Rogers has not disclosed/proposed any alternative sites where the antennas could be located.
  • The antenna does not fit in with the aesthetic of Cranston and will impact resident’ enjoyment of the community.
  • While the health risks associated with cell phone towers are a very valid personal concern, the proposed tower complies with all Federal safety regulations, specifically Health Canada’s safety code 6. If you have concerns about the health & safety of a cell phone tower in Cranston, please contact Health Canada to express these concerns.

 

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Updated Oct 28, 2015: The Rogers cell tower open house was held last night at Century Hall.  I was able to attend and from what I observed and was told, turnout was quite low, which is a surprise considering the volume of comments and feedback we have received at the Cranston Community Association.  It is important that if you have opinions about the tower that you make sure they are heard loud and clear.  This feedback form was passed around at the open house and representatives assured me that they will be reviewing each form and responding to questions/concerns/feedback individually.  They also offered that they will accept the forms by email.  Please take 5 minutes to complete the form in as much detail as possible, and email them to mark.innes@rci.rogers.com ASAP.  The deadline for feedback is November 5.

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Please also take a moment to complete our online feedback form below.  We will be compiling all of the submissions and sending them along in one package.  Additionally, several residents have expressed interest in facilitating a community petition for the cell tower.  If you are interested in assisting with collecting signatures, please email cranstonca@gmail.com.  We will be looking to distribute petitions to those willing to door-knock and collecting all signatures for an official submission to Rogers, Industry Canada, the City of Calgary, Brookfield and the condo board that approved the lease of land for the cell tower.

Original message Oct 7, 2015: We have received overwhelming feedback from residents expressing concern over the proposed Rogers cell phone tower.  We have received a lot of questions about the proposal, so we would like to take some time to address some of these:

The City of Calgary is not an approving authority for telecommunication antenna structures and thus has no impact or influence over the outcome of this.  The federal Minister of Industry is the approving authority for telecommunication antenna structures and devices, as this falls under the Radiocommunication Act.

As this antenna is being placed on Private Property, it is at the discretion of the owners as to whether they will allow the structure to be built on their property.

The responsibility lies with the communications carrier proposing the tower to communicate with the residents within a 300 meter radius of the proposed tower location.  Beyond that, there is no obligation to notify the residents of the community as a whole.  It is not the responsibility of the City, the Residents Association or the Community Association to approve, organize, facilitate or notify residents of the proposed tower.

As a Community Association we can, however facilitate a process for concerned residents to have their voices heard.  I would strongly encourage all concerned residents to attend the Information session at century Hall on Tuesday, October 27 from 5-7pm to express your objections.  The Community Association is currently compiling all emails and written complaints from residents to submit as feedback, and you can also send them directly yourself no later than November 5, 2015 in an email to Mark Innes Consulting: mark.innes@rci.rogers.com

The proposed location of the tower is directly behind the Cranston Market Sobeys, and between the Cranston Place condos.

We are also collecting your feedback to compile collectively from the Cranston community. The deadline for comments will also be November 5th: