The Redlands Planning Commission will analyze on Tuesday, Nov. 12, the possibility of approving construction of a 55-foot wireless communication facility, camouflaged as a Eucalyptus tree, near the unincorporated community of Mentone.

            According to the published agenda, the proposed telecommunications equipment includes 36 AT&T panel antennas, 36 remote radio units, and six surge suppressors, to be installed with a centerline elevation of 46 feet above the ground.

            The site already houses a similar antenna.  On July 14, 2015, the Planning Commission approved a conditional permit to build a 60-foot high mono-eucalyptus tower, managed by Verizon.

            According to city staff, the project is exempt from a Socio Economic Cost/Benefit Study because it is les than 5,00 square-feet in size.  The lease area of the project is approximately 600-square-feet in size. 

            The proposed facility if also exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act, said city staff.

            Staff recommends approval of the project based on findings that indicate it will not adversely affect the applicable land use plans of the city, and will not be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare, among other reasons.

            The Planning Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., at Civic Center, 36 Cajon St. Suite 2, in Redlands.