By Joe Naiman
San Diego County’s Planning Commission granted a major use permit for a wireless communications facility off Sutherland Drive. The April 29 vote allows the installation of a 40-foot tall false broadleaf structure with 12 panel antennas, 12 tower-mounted amplifiers and 12 radio remote units that will be mounted on the pole.
A 240-square foot equipment shelter is also part of the project, and the pole and equipment shelter will be surrounded by a concrete masonry unit wall 7 feet high.
The 15-acre parcel in the 24700 block of Sutherland Drive has a single-family residence and a 40-foot false broadleaf wireless facility the commission in July 2009. The new pole will be on the southern portion of the property, and access to Sutherland Drive will be provided by an existing driveway.
Although the property’s agricultural zoning makes it a non-preferred zone for wireless communication facilities, no preferred locations in the area were deemed to be technologically or legally feasible to provide equivalent wireless communications service. On March 3 the Ramona Community Planning Group voted 14-0 to recommend approval of the permit.