CSC: DO 278 Westport Spectrasite D&O

DOCKET NO. 278 – SpectraSite Communications, Inc. application for an amendment to an existing Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telecommunications facility in Westport, Connecticut.








May 19, 2004

Decision and Order

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 telecommunications facility 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 an amended Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, as provided by General Statutes § 16-50k, be issued to SpectraSite Communications, Inc. for the construction, maintenance and operation of a wireless telecommunications facility at 180-182 Bayberry Lane in Westport, Connecticut.

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 tower shall be constructed no taller than 140 feet above ground level to provide the proposed telecommunications services to both public and private entities. The overall height of the tower, taking into consideration all appurtenances attached thereto, shall not exceed a height of 150 feet above ground level and shall be designed with a yield point to reduce the setback radius to approximately 41 feet.

  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 served on all parties and intervenors, as listed in the service list, and submitted to and approved by the Council prior to the commencement of facility construction and shall include:

    1. a final site plan(s) of site development to include specifications for the tower, tower foundation, antennas, equipment building, access road, utility line, and landscaping; and

b) construction plans for site clearing, water drainage, and erosion and sedimentation control consistent with the 2002 Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, as amended.

  1. The Certificate Holder shall, prior to the commencement of operation, provide the Council worst-case modeling of electromagnetic radio frequency power density of all proposed entities’ antennas at the closest point of uncontrolled access to the tower base,
    consistent with Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, Bulletin No. 65, August 1997. The Certificate Holder shall ensure a recalculated report of electromagnetic radio frequency power density is submitted to the Council if and when circumstances in operation cause a change in power density above the levels calculated and provided pursuant to this Decision and Order.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The Certificate Holder shall provide reasonable space on the tower for no compensation for any municipal antennas, provided such antennas are compatible with the structural integrity of the tower.

  5. If the facility does not initially provide wireless services within one year of completion of construction or ceases to provide wireless services for a period of one year, this Decision and Order shall be void, and the Certificate Holder shall dismantle the tower and remove all associated equipment or reapply for any continued or new use to the Council before any such use is made.

  6. Any antenna that becomes obsolete and ceases to function shall be removed within 60 days after such antennas become obsolete and cease to function.

  7. Unless otherwise approved by the Council, this Decision and Order shall be void if the facility authorized herein is not operational within one year of the effective date of this Decision and Order or within one year after all appeals to this Decision and Order have been resolved. Any request for extensions of the period shall be filed with the Council not later than sixty days prior to expiration date of the Certificate and shall be served on all parties and intervenors, as listed in the service list. Any proposed modifications to this Decision and Order shall likewise be so served.

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 Westport News and the Norwalk Hour.

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:


SpectraSite Communications, Inc.

Its Representative

Julie Donaldson Kohler, Esq.
Hurwitz & Sagarin, LLC
147 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 877-8000


Town of Westport

Its Representative

Eugene E. Cederbaum, Esq.
Town of Westport
27 Imperial Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-9545


Sprint Spectrum L.P. d/b/a Sprint PCS

Its Representative

Thomas J. Regan
Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels, LLP
City Place I
185 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06103-3402
(860) 509-6500


AT&T Wireless, PCS, LLC


Its Representative

Christopher B. Fisher, Esq.
Cuddy & Feder LLP
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601



Omnipoint Facilities Network 2 L.L.C. ("T-Mobile")

Its Representative

Stephen J. Humes
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP
Goodwin Square
225 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

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