At their regular meeting on Monday, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees approved a resolution to refer a cell tower application to the Planning Board for review and recommendation.
On Jan. 11, the Village Administrator Rich Slingerland received an application for a 1oo-foot tall, free-standing cell tower antenna for 626 Halstead Ave., next to the Metro-North railroad in Mamaroneck.
The request was discussed during Monday night's meeting and the board determined that the proposed action is an unlisted action according to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). It also declared its intent to act as Lead Agency in this application, since it holds the authority to approve final site plans for free standing cell towers in the village.
The site plan application was sent by T-Mobile Northeast's attorneys to the village's building department, which in turn forwarded the request to Slingerland.
Said application letter stated that T-Mobile was proposing to locate a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of a 100-foot monopole, with antennas mounted on it and related equipment cabinets on the same level.
According to the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Code, this type of application must be referred to the planning board for review and recommendation before being approved by the Board of Trustees within a 60-day timeframe. If a decision is not reached within those 90 days, however, an extension can be requested.
A "pre-application meeting" with the board, where T-Mobile would be available to address concerns, hasn't taken place yet. So far, Snyder & Snyder, the firm working with T-Mobile, has submitted an escrow deposit in the amount of $7,500 to cover the expenses incurred during the review process, letters of authorization from the property owners and copies of the site plan.
It is not expected that the board will make a decision regarding this matter any time soon. "This is only the first step in the process," said Administrator Rich Slingerland. "I anticipate this will be a multiple-month review process."
To watch a video of the meeting in the courtroom at Village Hall go to LMC-TV.