June 24, 2008

Verizon Demands Cell Tower ; Suit Calls Haledon’s Rejection of Plan ‘Arbitrary’


HALEDON Verizon is suing the borough over its refusal to allow construction of a 90-foot cell tower on West Clinton Street.

Verizon, which needed a pair of zoning variances to construct the tower, has filed suit claiming the borough's Planning Board made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision when it rejected the plan on May 8.

The communications giant wants to build a 90-foot tower with 12 antennas on a lot at 344 W. Clinton St.

Verizon says it would camouflage the tower so that it would blend in with the neighborhood, but the Planning Board maintains that a tall monopole is out of character with the mostly residential neighborhood.

In its suit, Verizon points out that the West Clinton lot is zoned for industrial purposes. But the Planning Board maintains that nearby Barbour and Cook streets are primarily residential, and that those homes would be adversely affected by a 90-foot monopole looming over them.

Haledon claims the proposal does not contribute to the "health and well-being" of the community.

Current zoning requires a side-yard setback of 50 feet, and Verizon needs a variance to build the pole with just a 4-foot side yard setback.

Verizon also wants a variance to reduce the rear yard setback from 25 to 4 feet.


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