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Commission approves cell tower plan for Dana Point office building

June 11, 2014

By Christopher Earley, The Orange County Register



June 11--The Dana Point Planning Commission on Tuesday night approved a plan to build a cell phone tower at an office building on Crown Valley Parkway.

The proposal by AT&T Mobility includes a wireless telecommunication facility containing 12 cellular antennas and accessory equipment designed to look like a clock tower. The tower is to be 38 feet tall. The commission approved the plan on a 3-2 vote.

The Crown Pacific Center office building in the 32000 block of Crown Valley is home to several businesses, including a salon and a dental office.

Although various groups have claimed that cell phone towers are linked to health problems including cancer, others say there is no correlation.

The radio frequency waves that cell phones use to communicate with towers are forms of non-ionizing radiation, the American Cancer Society said. That means the waves can heat up body cells but can't cause cancer by directly damaging DNA.

Forms of radiation known to cause such damage include X-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet light.

The cell tower permit was set to go before the Planning Commission twice before but was continued because the applicant wasn't ready, said Community Development Director Ursula Luna-Reynosa.

Opponents of the plan have 15 days to file an appeal to the City Council.

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Contact the writer: cearley@ocregister.com or onTwitter:@earleyOC

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