First two cell towers rejected under new Langley Township policy

Original Post Date: January 14, 2015

Aldergrove Star

” . . . The first test of a new Langley Township cell tower policy that requires a poll of people near a proposed project did not go well for the phone companies, with the rejection of the first two towers presented under the new rules.

“Telus wanted to fill in coverage gaps and reduce dropped calls by building two new towers, one 45 metres tall at 4997 256 St. and the other 50 metres tall at 20470 88 Ave.

“They were the first cell towers to be considered since the Township adopted a new process in September, 2013, following several drawn-out public hearings on cell tower placement in Langley.

“It is believed the Township is the first Metro Vancouver community to order referenda on cell towers. . . .

“The new municipal “telecommunication tower policy” requires an 80 per cent “yes” vote from people living near any proposed new cell phone antenna installation. . . .

“While the Township doesn’t actually have legal authority to prevent construction of cell towers, Marlatt said Industry Canada, the federal authority that does have the power, will likely defer to the Township. . . .