10:20 AM PDT on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

The Yucaipa City Council will be sending a letter to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission opposing a proposed broadcast antenna tower that would be adjacent to Wildwood Canyon State Park.

The council voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of sending the letter.

“We are a community that loves its natural resources,” said Councilwoman Diane Smith.

The antenna tower, proposed by Lazer Broadcasting in Oxnard, would broadcast a Spanish radio station.

This controversial project goes back to 2007, when Lazer sought permission to erect a 140-foot tall lattice tower in support of a broadcast antenna and a 250-square-foot equipment building on company property adjacent to the park. Yucaipa expressed concerns with the development’s environmental impacts. In December 2008 the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors overturned the county Planning Commission’s project approval. By then, the proposed tower had been reduced in height to 80 feet.

According to Yucaipa the city learned in June that Lazer had submitted a new permit application to the county, this time for a 43-foot tall tower and 100-square foot equipment building on its property by the park. City staff notified the county that the city’s concerns remain unchanged.

Lazer’s request for a permit will go before the county Planning Commission.

The City Council’s review of the project Monday night drew a large crowd. Several people spoke in favor of the tower.

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