Walnut Creek planners to consider 70-foot cell ‘tree’

By SAM RICHARDS | srichards@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: October 9, 2017 at 10:38 am | UPDATED: October 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

WALNUT CREEK — The Planning Commission will consider a use permit for a 70-foot cellular communications tower, designed to look like a “deciduous broadleaf tree,” on the grounds of the Boundary Oak Golf Course in the eastern part of the city.

The Planning Commission could approve the conditional use permit and a requirement for design review on the project. It is seen as helping improve cell phone service west from the course into the Arbolado Park residential area.

The tower “tree” would be built on golf course property, near maintenance buildings on the southwest corner of the site. The tower would be owned by the city, and operated by Verizon Wireless.

One large oak tree could be threatened by trenching work related to the project; it is recommended the planners approve plans to help save it, and have the city arborist sign off on that plan.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.