OCOTILLO â€“Â With no opposition from community members, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors supported increasing the height of a 100-foot communication tower near Ocotillo to 140 feet following a public hearing that was held during the regular board meeting Tuesday morning.
In an effort to improve telecommunications, the board approved the increase in height of the existing 100-foot monopole telecommunications tower to 140 feet. The modifications include accepting the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) that changes the area designation from community area-desert residential to community area-open space, and a zone change from low density residential to open/space recreation to allow the tower to exceed the 100-foot limitation.
The tower is located on a 70-acre vacant parcel with no development located adjacent to Highway 98, southeast of Ocotillo and is surrounded by vacant desert land to the east, south, and west.
Imperial County Planning & Development Services Director Jim Minnick said the open space zone is compatible with the surrounding areas and the nature of the area allows the permits to move forward.
â€œThis particular site is surrounded by Federal lands and it one of the few sites that is privately owned,â€ said Ray Castillo, District 5 supervisor. â€œItâ€™s nice to see something coming up there and am happy for the property owners that will make some revenue out of this.â€
â€œThis is also going to help our border security in that area because there is no communication out there once you get to that point,â€ said Castillo. “People will be able to communicate particularly, our Border Patrol. This is going to enhance the security of our nation. I am glad to see this coming.â€
â€œI think this is a project that is acceptable and totally agree with Mr. Castillo,â€ said John Renison, District 1 supervisor.
The anticipated construction time is estimated between 30-60 days.