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Public Hearing Closed
The Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing at their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. This hearing was continued from the prior meeting of November 14th, 2023. The hearing was held in order to consider whether to amend the Voluntary Declaration of Conservation Easement dated September 19, 1994, for Penllyn Woods, to permit the Township to lease a portion of the Property to Rise Up Towers LLC, and the installation of a cell tower and associated equipment within the leased area. At the request of the BOS, Rise Up provided additional testimony regarding the environmental clearances required for the installation of cell phone towers. Following the conclusion of testimony, Board Chair Danielle Duckett made a motion to approve the proposed amendment to the conservation easement. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Tessie McNeely and the motion passed with Supervisor Mike Twersky recusing himself. This is one step in a lengthy process to move forward with the installation of cell phone towers to satisfy an overwhelming need throughout the entire Township.
September 26, 2023, Board of Supervisors Meeting
Lower Gwynedd Township has continued discussions with Rise Up Towers about two proposed cell towers that would address the gap in cell phone service in the community. One tower is proposed for Penllyn Woods Park, which has a conservation easement that would have to be amended to allow the tower. The first step in the amendment process is a procedural one: at their September 26th meeting, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to authorize a public hearing to be scheduled and advertised for their November 14th meeting. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and comment on the procedural step. However, the more substantive discussion about the proposed cell tower in Penllyn Woods Park and the amendment to the conservation easement would take place at the November 14th public hearing. If scheduled, that public hearing will be widely promoted. If you haven’t already, please sign up for Lower Gwynedd email notifications or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.
A few residents raised concerns about cell towers and the impacts these towers have on people's health based on their proximity to the towers. Below are helpful links that provide information on this subject.
- American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/risk-prevention/radiation-exposure/cellular-phone-towers.html
- FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/engineering-technology/electromagnetic-compatibility-division/radio-frequency-safety/faq/rf-safety#Q15