Apparent Crown Castle Permit Violations in Santa Barbara County

Mar 28, 2021

 The neighbors and professionals have weighted in. We are united in our opposition to Crown Castle’s attempt to install a Cell tower on 2880 Ben Lomond Drive.  Located just feet from homes and bedrooms.

Imagine if a wireless cell facility was next to your pillow at night? And blocked your views and you already had great cell service.

Videos below cover unethical work practices, Shot Clock manipulation, Cellular field test near proposed site and the general will of the Architectural Review Board wanting alternative sites and sites closer to major roadways.

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  • The community has spoken.  The community has surveyed the surrounding area and there are 5 alternative poles that would get this cell site up to 100ft from any structure rather than right next to bedrooms. 
  • Help us to stop Crown Castle bullying
    • Working on Sundays with unmarked trucks without license plates.
    • Manipulating placard postings so that projects will get pushed to future meetings and wind down the shot clock 25-50% at a time.
  • Help us to ensure that they are keeping the community’s interests in mind. MCA and the nieghbors just want to be able to address need based placement as well as have a say of exect pole location. 

If you find yourself here and want to help oppose this Small Cell Wireless Facilty at 2880 Ben Lomond Drive, then please send email opposing this project to: 

  • Send emails to Travis Seawards: tseawards@co.santa-barbara.ca.us and Joseph Dargel: jdargel@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
  • Write a sentence or two that you oppose this project located at 2880 Ben Lomond Drive, see community opposition reasons below.
  • Or simply take a photo with your smartphone of the QR Code below, personalize it if you like then press send!

 

Community is in Opposition of the Small Cell Facility location at 2880 Ben Lomond Drive, 93105, for these main reasons:

  • A community survey proves that this pole is the closest to homes within a 500 ft radius by over 280%
  • This pole is in a corner and is very close to three homes as close as 26 ft from Bedrooms.
  • Property values are affected by Cell site construction and if we choose a location farther from homes it will lessen the impact. Professional opinion letters and studies back that up.
  • There is also a lot of foot traffic on Ben Lomond and our neighbors, friends and visitors use Ben Lomond to reduce walking on Cheltenham.  Walking west on Ben Lomond pedestrians enjoy the beautiful vistas and sunsets just behind this pole.
  • There is a neighborhood effort to underground several poles including this one that is in jeopardy if they continue with this location for the cell site.
  • This proposed construction of the small cell facility has an inadequate Fall Zone, pursuant to Section 35.44.010(D)(1)(b)(2)(c) of the County Code.
  • The irresponsible placement of a wireless telecommunications facility at the location proposed would inflict upon the nearby homes and residential community the precise types of adverse impacts which the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code was specifically enacted to prevent.

Thank you all for your consideration!

Images of proposed pole.  Please oppose this project!

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Video to the right shows you just how much Crown Castle does not consider what is best for our local communities and neighborhoods. 

On March 28, 2021, Crown Castle was seen moving forward with their cell tower construction at 315 Arroyo in an unmarked truck without license plates and without a permit to do so and in defiance of the South Board of Architectural Review’s (SBAR) disapproval of this location, requesting submittal of alternate feasible locations. Further implying guilt, this unpermitted work all occurred on a Sunday when county inspectors and employees are not working, so it is much easier to go unnoticed or caught.

When we discovered Crown Castles intent on constructing (5) new small cell wireless facilities, we found out just one day before it was set to be approved at the last SBAR meeting.  This was because Crown decided they only needed to give less than 24 hours posted notice to the community that lived at each proposed small cell facility location.  Luckily knowledgeable residents called out this issue and SBAR agreed and sent the project back to the applicant insisting at least 10 days notice for the community.

As more and more people were becoming aware of these projects, we began to realize that the Telecom Site Builder, Crown Castle, was intent on not taking the communities wishes into consideration.  For several proposed locations, the community spoke out and provided thoughtful, alternative and less intrusive locations. Crown Castle’s response via a contractor to one of the five locations was:

“I spoke with Crown and they are going to stick with the current location.”

Even the SBAR was interested in one of the five alternative locations proposed by the community because the residents’ suggestions matched up more closely with SBAR’s desire to locate these sWTFs closer to main arterial roadways and farther away from residences.

It has been proven that property values are adversely impacted by sWTFs constructed near residences. It has been proven that some individuals with Electromagnetic Sensitivity will be adversely affected. EMS is not a light switch for humans. People are affected less or more over a bell curve thus all individuals will be affected with Electromagnetic Power through-the-air — toxic pollution that does affect everyone. It affects everyone’s quiet enjoyment of the public streets.

Why is Crown Castle constructing so many of these sWTFs all over the world? Well, it is a land grab, a Telecom Site Developer that is first to construct a site (a macro tower) can sublease space on the facility for up to $4500/month to other cellular companies. These facilities are being constructed with corporate profits in mind, not the well being of the communities in which they make these profits.

Crown Castle lately has become so emboldened that it is beginning the construction process prior to securing the required zoning, building and safety permits. Thus the video seen here, and this was just the one we were able to capture, there are other locations where coiled up fiber optics cable sit and wait for these to be constructed. And that work is being completed prior to permits being issued. Work being done on weekends and Sunday is a sign of illegal work activity because inspectors are not on the job to catch them. They even removed truck license plates when they drove on the roads of Santa Barbara to and from the work site. It shows that they will do anything to make there next quarterly earning mark for investors.

Please take a look at the video of apparent permit violations by Crown Castle and fiber optics contractors, on this page.

 

 

 

Below are details from SBAR regarding the 5 Crown Castle small cell wireless facility projects up for consideration.

21BAR-00000-00016 Crown Castle Near 4040 Ramitas Drive ATTSBW30 Goleta

(Travis Lee 805-568-2046) Jurisdiction: UrbanRequest of Jerry Ambrose, agent for Crown Castle, to consider Case No. 21BAR-00000-00016 for Conceptual Review of a new unmanned small cell wireless facility on an existing 39’ high wood utility pole located in the public right of way. The following equipment would be placed on the existing pole: a wireless facility consisting of one (1) omni directional canister antenna measuring 24.7” high and 10” in diameter mounted on one (1) 44” long antenna support bracket attached to the existing pole approximately 22’-8” above grade; two (2) #2203 radio units (shrouded in an enclosure at 14’-3” above grade); one (1) new Crown Castle fiber optic cable; one (1) PVC conduit; and one (1) disconnect switch. The project is located within the public road right-of-way at 4040 Ramitas Road, APN 063-093-003, zoned 1.5-EX-1, in the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan area, Second Supervisorial District.

21BAR-00000-00017 Crown Castle Near 2880 Ben Lomond ATTSBE12 Mission Canyon

(Travis Lee 805-568-2046) Jurisdiction: UrbanRequest of Jerry Ambrose, agent for Crown Castle, to consider Case No. 21BAR-00000-00017 for Conceptual Review of a new unmanned small cell wireless facility on an existing 34’ high wood utility pole located in the public right of way. The following equipment would be placed on the existing pole:Install new Crown Castle fiber optic cable at 22’ 0” above grade on existing utility pole, one (1) omni directional canister antenna, measuring 24.7” high and 10” in diameter, attached to the top of the new Crown Castle fiber cable (“strand mount”). The antenna will be mounted 6’ away from the pole, two (2) remote radio units and two (2) diplexers installed within a 13.5” wide x 46.1” shroud affixed to the side of the utility pole at 12’-6” above grade, relocate existing communications cable from 22’-2” above grade to 21’ above grade, relocate existing communications cable from 20’-8” above grade to 20’ above grade, two (2) 5.5” x 10” fiber down converters affixed to the new Crown Castle fiber cable, one (1) new PVC conduit/riser on pole, and one (1) RF notice sign on pole at 7’ 6” above grade. The project is located within the public road right-of-way at 2880 Ben Lomond Drive, APN 023-130-069, zoned 7-R-1, in the Mission Canyon Community Plan area, First Supervisorial District.

21BAR-00000-00015 Crown Castle near 745 CAMINO DEL SUR (ATTSBW08) Goleta 19CUP-00000-00049

(Ciara Ristig (805) 568-2077) Jurisdiction: Goleta/Telecom The project includes installation a new unmanned small cell wireless facility on an existing 24’ foot high wood utility pole located in the public right of way. The following equipment would be placed on the existing pole: a “small cell” wireless facility consisting of one (1) top-mounted omni-cluster antenna (located 24’6” from grade); three (3) radio units (shrouded in a 46” enclosure at approximately 13’ from grade); three (3) 5.5” x 10” fiber down converters affixed to a new overhead Crown castle fiber optic cable located 23’3” above grade; two (2) PVC conduits and a 1’ RF sign at 8’ above grade. Existing cable TV line at 22’3” will remain. The project is located within the public road right-of-way at 6711 El Colegio Road along Camino Del Sur, APN 075-010-026, zoned SR-H-20, in the Goleta Community Plan area, Second Supervisorial District.

21BAR-00000-00018 Crown Castle Near 5347 University Drive (ATTSBW21) Goleta

(Chris Schmuckal 805-568-3510) Jurisdiction: Urban TelecomRequest of Jerry Ambrose, agent for Crown Castle, to consider Case No. 21BAR-00000-00019 for Conceptual Review of a new unmanned small cell wireless facility on an existing 38 ft. 6 in. high wood utility pole located in the public right of way. The following equipment will be placed on the existing 32 ft. 6 in. high wood utility pole: relocate one (1) existing Crown Castle fiber cable from 22 ft. 6 in. above grade to 20 ft. above grade; install one (1) new cable support wood cross arm at 18 ft. 6 in. above grade; relocate an existing cable TV at 18 ft. 6 in. above grade to a new cross arm; relocate an existing FTR cable from 20 ft. 6 in. above grade to the new cross arm; One (1) new omni directional canister antenna measuring 24.7 in. high and 10 in. in diameter, attached to the top of the relocated Crown Castle fiber cable; two (2) new remote radio units and two (2) new diplexers installed within a 13.5 in. wide by 46.1 in. tall shroud affixed to the side of the utility pole at 12 ft. 6 in. above grade; two (2) new 5.5 in. by 10 in. fiber down converters affixed to the relocated Crown Castle fiber cable; two (2) new PVC conduit/risers on the pole; one (1) radio frequency notice sign on the existing pole at 8 ft. above existing grade. The facility will be powered by two (2) fiber down converters attached to a Crown Castle fiber optic cable. No back up battery or generators are proposed and the project will not require any grading or trenching. The project is located within the road right-of-way adjacent to 5347 University Drive APN 069-173-005, in the Eastern Goleta Community Plan area, Second Supervisorial District.

21BAR-00000-00019 Crown Castle Near 315 Arroyo Road (ATTSB27) Goleta

(Chris Schmuckal 805-568-3510) Jurisdiction: Urban/TelecomRequest of Jerry Ambrose, agent for Crown Castle, to consider Case No. 21BAR-00000-00019 for Conceptual Review of a new unmanned small cell wireless facility on an existing 38 ft. 6 in. high wood utility pole located in the public right of way. The following equipment would be placed on the existing pole: a wireless facility consisting of one (1) 44 in. long antenna support bracket attached to the existing pole approximately 23 ft. 6 in. above grade; one (1) omni directional canister antenna, measuring 24.7 in. high and 10 in. in diameter, attached at the end of the antenna support bracket; two (2) remote radio units and two (2) diplexers installed within a 13.5 in. wide by 46.1 in. long shroud affixed to the side of the existing utility pole at 14 ft. 2 in. above grade; two (2) 5.5 in. by 10 in. fiber down converters affixed to a new Crown Castle fiber optic cable on the existing pole; one (1) new utility cable cross arm installed at 21 ft. 1 in. above grade; relocate two (2) existing communication cables from 23 ft. 11 in. and 21 ft. 10 in. above grade to the new cross arm at 21 ft. 1 in. above grade; two (2) new PVC conduit/risers on the existing pole. The facility will be powered by two (2) fiber down converters attached to a new Crown Castle fiber optic cable. No back up battery or generator is proposed and the project will not require any grading or trenching. The project is located within the road right-of-way adjacent to 357 Arroyo Road APN 061-140-017, in the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan area, Second Supervisorial District.

21BAR-00000-00012 Crown Castle New Small Cell Wireless Facility Near- 75 Eucalyptus Lane
21CDP-00000-00008 (Katie Nall, Planner 884-8050) Ridgeline: Urban.  Request of Jerry Ambrose, agent for the owners Infinigy Group, to consider Case No. 21BAR-00000- 00012 for conceptual review of a new small wireless facility constructed on an existing utility pole in the public right of way. The proposed project will not require grading. The property is zoned 15-R1 and shown as Assessor’s Parcel Number (near) 009-323-010, located (near) 75 Eucalyptus lane the Montecito area, First Supervisorial District