The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands council will be holding a virtual public meeting on Monday Feb. 7 at 5:45 p.m. regarding applications for zoning amendments to allow for cellphone towers.
The public can join the virtual meeting next month for the proposed tower applications for 3105 County Road 3 and 632 Escott/Yonge Townline Road, and an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for 2092 Blue Mountain Road.
"The meeting is to gather any input, if there is any," said Marnie Venditti, director of planning and development.
The meeting for the proposed tower applications and the zoning amendment application will allow residents to voice their comments or any concerns they may have.
"We've received two different applications from Rogers and we are required under our protocol to have a public meeting," said Venditti.
The reason for the proposed towers is to increase network coverage and wireless signal quality for local residents, said the information package to the township from Rogers Communications Inc.
According to the information package, because TLTI has its own protocol relevant to wireless communications site placement, Rogers will be following that protocol, which requires that all residents and businesses within 270 meters of the leased property area receive a notification package.
The information package sent out to residents contains details about the proposed structure and the consultation and approval process.
Council doesn't choose the site for the proposed towers but rather provides comments to Rogers.
The purpose of the amendment application for 2092 Blue Mountain Road is to implement the recommendations of the Environmental Impact Study which recommended that development be restricted to the front 70 meters of the new lot to avoid intrusion into the woodland, stated the township's website.
For more information and how to participate and comment at the virtual public meeting, residents can go to www.leeds1000islands.ca/en/growing/active-applications.aspx/.
(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times