Fake barns and faux pine trees designed to provide aesthetically pleasing improved cell phone service will be popping up soon in San Luis Obispo County if a handful of applications for cell phone towers gain approval.
If the five proposed “unmanned wireless communications facilities” go forward, there will be approximately 225 such sites in those parts of the county that are outside city limits.
The projects are for T-Mobile and MetroPCS, two carriers that have limited service in the county, according to Airlin Singewald of the county Planning and Building Department.
“These new sites will certainly improve (or newly establish) cell service for T-Mobile and MetroPCS within the target coverage areas,” Singewald wrote in an email to The Tribune.
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Three of the proposals will go before the Planning Commission at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 and two others will be heard at a 9 a.m. Jan. 4 Planning Department meeting, a venue created to handle proposals that the county says do not need a full commission hearing.
Planning Commission proposals will be heard at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo:
Planning Department proposals also will be heard at the County Government Center:
Why are there so many proposals coming up within a week of one another?
“There's nothing in particular going on here — just a glut of cell site projects going to hearing in the same month,” Singewald said.