Zoning change requested for cell phone tower by Parmer

Update August 2019

On August 22nd, the Austin City Council approved the zoning change for the United Christian Church to allow for the construction of a wireless tower. The neighborhood worked with UCC, Verizon and their representatives to negotiate several items to help minimize the visual impact.

The transmission tower will be a stealth monopole, limited to 100 feet in height. Unlike a typical wireless tower, the stealth pole looks similar to a flagpole, hiding the antenna within the pole. The agreement also limits the site to a single pole and requires UCC or their representative to notify the neighborhood of any future changes to the design of the tower.

We appreciate UCC’s willingness to reach a compromise solution with the neighborhood.

Original information

At the end of January 2019 neighbors with property adjoining the United Christian Church  that at 3500 W Parmer received a mailed notice the UCC had requested a zoning change to allow a Verizon cell phone tower — a 100 ft tall monopole  and supporting equipment within 840 square feet — since the current zoning doesn’t allow sufficient height.

The Permit/Case number is 2019-009809ZC; the case details are available at the City’s zoning public search site (the home page for the public search is https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/permit/public-search-other?reset=true). The  zoning case document (PDF) shows that the planned site is on the church property close to Parmer.

A number of nearby neighbors expressed concerns on both our Facebook group and on NextDoor. Our Zoning Chair emailed the church to asked the church for a meeting but never heard back from them. He also discussed the project with some of the concerned neighbors, but no formal action has been taken regarding the zoning change.

A public Zoning & Platting meeting will be scheduled; as of this writing (3/16/19) the date has not been set.

Neighborhood meeting with UCC

United Christian Church and representatives from Vincent Gerard & Associates have agreed to meet with the Northwood and Preston Oaks neighborhood to hear our concerns. The meeting will take place at United Christian Church on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm.

update: Hearings scheduled

Per a mailed notice received March 26 (hearing notice), the Zoning and Platting meeting has been rescheduled for April 2 May 21 June 4.  The case is scheduled for the May 21 ZAP meeting per a letter requesting delay in ZAP meeting. NextDoor will have the latest updates.

ZAP meetings begin at 6 PM, there is no way to know when this case will be heard. ZAP meetings are at City Hall, Council Chamber unless otherwise listed. 2019 meeting schedule with agendas.  If you wish to share your opinion with the ZAP Commission, print and fill out the comment page and mail it ASAP as indicated on that form.

We will update this post once we learn the date of the City Council’s first reading – the only reading where the public can speak. The Council will meet at City Hall Council Chambers, the reading will be at or after 2 PM. If you wish to speak on this (or any other) topic, you must register ahead of time.

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