Burbank Rejects Church Cell Tower

Cites ordinance restricting the use of land for religious purposes

The neighborhood group fighting a proposed cell tower atop a church in Burbank won a victory Tuesday night when the Burbank City Council voted unanimously to overturn a Planning Department permit for the tower.

The proposed tower had been fought by a group calling itself “Save Burbank Neighborhoods” that was launched after T-Mobile sought to construct the wireless transmission facility atop the Little White Chapel on Avon Street in Burbank.

The location is in a residential district and close to an elementary school and a middle school.

Residents opposed to the tower crowded into Burbank council chambers Tuesday night as some 40 speakers expressed their reasons for launching an appeal of the tower’s conditional permit.

In the end, the council ona  5-0 vote sided with the neighborhood, finding several grounds on which to overrule the city’s planning department.

The council decided T-mobile’s plans lacked a licensed survey and were not drawn to scale.

It further determined those plans did not meet the city’s ordinance passed last October that permitted cell towers to be constructed in residential neighborhoods.

And the council also cited a 1947 variance that restricted use of the site on which the church stands for religious purposes.

The group that fought the cell tower said it will continue to work to keep such projects out of Burbank’s residential areas.

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