DOCKET NO. 166 - An application of Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a cellular telecommunications facility approximately 250 feet west of Maple Lane, approximately 850 feet west of Maple Lane, or approximately 750 feet west of New Creek Road in the Town of Westport, Connecticut.

Connecticut Siting Council

August 29, 1995


Pursuant to the foregoing Findings of Fact and Opinion, the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) finds that the effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a cellular telecommunications tower and equipment building at the proposed first alternate site in Westport, Connecticut, including effects on the natural environment; ecological integrity and balance; public health and safety; scenic, historic, and recreational values; forests and parks; air and water purity; and fish and wildlife are not disproportionate either alone or cumulatively with other effects when compared to need, are not in conflict with the policies of the State concerning such effects, and are not sufficient reason to deny the application and therefore directs that a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, as provided by General Statutes § 16-50k, be issued to Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership (Springwich), for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a cellular telecommunications tower, associated equipment, and building at the proposed first alternate site, located approximately 850 feet west of Maple Lane, Westport, Connecticut. We find the effects on scenic resources and adjacent land uses of the second alternate site to be significant and the prime site does not provide full coverage to Interstate 95, and therefore deny certification of these sites.

The facility shall be constructed, operated, and maintained substantially as specified in the Council’s record in this matter, and subject to the following conditions:

1. The self-supporting monopole tower shall be no taller than necessary to provide the proposed communications service and the tower shall not exceed a total height of 130 feet above ground level (AGL).

2. The Certificate Holder shall prepare a Development and Management (D&M) Plan for this site in compliance with Sections 16-50j-75 through 16-50j-77 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The D&M Plan shall be submitted to and approved by the Council prior to the commencement of facility construction and shall include detailed plans for the tower location and tower foundation; the placement of all antennas to be attached to this tower; plans for the equipment building and security fence; plans for the access road and utility line installation from Post Office Lane; plans for site clearing and tree trimming; plans for water drainage and erosion and sedimentation controls consistent with the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended; and demarcation of wetlands with conditions that the building and tower shall be 65 feet or more from the wetland, and all grading and other disturbances shall be 25 feet or more from the wetland. No setback restrictions shall apply to the existing access road.

3. Upon the establishment of any new State or federal radio frequency standards applicable to frequencies of this facility, the facility granted herein shall be brought into compliance with such standards.

4. The Certificate Holder shall provide the Council a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels originally calculated and provided in the application.

5. The Certificate Holder shall permit public or private entities to share space on the proposed tower for fair consideration, or shall provide any requesting entity with specific legal, technical, environmental, or economic reasons precluding such tower sharing.

6. If the facility does not initially provide, or permanently ceases to provide cellular services following completion of construction, this Decision and Order shall be void, and the Certificate Holder shall dismantle the tower and remove all associated equipment or reapplication for any continued or new use shall be made to the Council before any such use is made.

7. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, this Decision and Order shall be void if all construction authorized herein is not completed within three years of the effective date of this Decision and Order or within three years after all appeals to this Decision and Order have been resolved.

8. The Certificate Holder shall notify the Council upon completion of construction and provide the final cost to construct the facility.

Pursuant to General Statutes § 16-50p, we hereby direct that a copy of the Findings of Fact, Opinion, and Decision and Order be served on each person listed below, and notice of issuance shall be published in The Connecticut Post, The Hour, and the Westport News.

By this Decision and Order, the Council disposes of the legal rights, duties, and privileges of each party named or admitted to the proceeding in accordance with Section 16-50j-17 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

The parties and intervenors to this proceeding are:

Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership Peter J. Tyrrell, Esq.
Springwich Cellular Limited Partnership
227 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Town of Westport
Joseph A. Arcudi
First Selectman
Town of Westport, Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Inc.
Kenneth C. Baldwin, Esq.
Robinson & Cole
One Commercial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103-3597
Jay Sherwood Richard J. Diviney, Esq.
Sherwood, Garlick, Cowell, Diviney & Atwood, P.C.
P.O. Box 390
Westport, CT 06881-0390
Greens Farms Association Robert P. Scholl
Attorney At Law
31 Imperial Avenue
Westport, CT 06880

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