Cell phone company might press PV case with fresh evidence


The Portola Valley Town Council will have a somewhat different set of facts to contend with when T-Mobile Corp. comes before it on Oct. 13 to appeal a Planning Commission decision denying the company a use permit to erect a cell phone antenna in the Westridge neighborhood.

The hearing will be "de novo," meaning that the council will allow T-Mobile to present evidence not submitted to the commission.

Since the commission's July 7 decision, T-Mobile is reported to have studied permits issued by the town to other wireless companies, to have done a traffic count, and to have conducted a day-long test of signal coverage by using a crane to elevate a temporary antenna at the proposed hilltop site, Planning Manager Leslie Lambert said in a statement.

Data from these efforts and possibly more information will be available for inspection on the town's website on Friday, Sept. 17, Ms. Lambert said. Residents will have two weeks until Friday, Oct. 1 to submit comments to the town clerk in advance of the council's Oct. 13 public hearing.

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