An application to build a 120-foot amateur radio tower off Pennellville Road may not be complete, but it has prompted neighbors to hire an attorney to protest the potential structure.
The topic was addressed at the Nov. 20 Town Council meeting, where Chairwoman Alison Harris noted she had received letters from constituents about the project. The town’s zoning ordinances prohibit the tower from being built in the residential area, and state no structures higher than 40 feet are allowed there.
Julie Erdman, administrative assistant for the Department of Planning and Development, said the department has not received a formal application for the tower from Joseph Fallon, who submitted a separate permit application in October to construct a home in the area.
Fallon, his attorney, and town attorney Kristin Collins met last week to discuss whether a federal law allowing the tower to be built in the area with reasonable accommodation would apply in this instance. If so, the federal law would override the town’s ordinance.
Collins said the status of the application remained unchanged after the meeting, and is still incomplete. Fallon must also submit an application to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
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