US Cellular gives up on Rockland cell tower plan

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, at 3:01 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — U.S. Cellular has dropped plans to erect a controversial 100-foot cellphone tower on the Rockland golf course.

The application was withdrawn last week, according to Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root.

After the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals rejected the proposal in September, the company had said it was considering an appeal.

The zoning board had ruled that the proposal did not meet the requirements for a conditional use in a residential zone and that the landscaping plan was inadequate.

Many residential neighbors on Old County Road had opposed the tower, saying it would have affected their views.

The company had proposed the tower to meet demand capacity in the area.

The flagpole-type tower was proposed to be next to a quarry by the S-curve on Old County Road across from the golf course. In addition to the tower, U.S. Cellular planned to erect a 12-by-20-foot building for equipment. The building and tower would be enclosed by a 35-square-foot fence.

The company planned to lease 6,400 square feet of golf club property for the tower and building.

A phone message left Monday afternoon with the U.S. Cellular project manager was not immediately returned.

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