Cell Phone Tower Development Standards

Consistent with the Barge Chestnut Neighborhood Association's missions to preserve and enhance the character of the neighborhood, the BCNA Board of Directors passed a motion at a recent meeting to oppose the installation of cell towers in, or adjacent to, historic properties and districts. Central Lutheran Church currently has considered proposing to install a cell tower on their property at the corner of W. Yakima Avenue and S. 16th Avenue.

Neighbors near the church have expressed concerns that a cell tower installed at this location would detract from the aesthetic value of the surrounding properties. The proposed tower site is located at the gateway to the Barge-Chestnut Neighborhood Historic District and directly adjacent to four housed that are listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. A modern cell phone tower would clearly be incompatible with these homes and our historic district. In addition, a tower installation has the potential to negatively impact the property values of the homes near the tower.

The City of Yakima has placed a moratorium on new cell phone tower installations until October 2013 while they update their development standards that will guide the design and installation of future cell phone towers within City limits.

Residents within the boundary of the BCNA (16th Avenue to 36th Avenue between Tieton and Summitview), are urged to register your opinion by returning a postcard that will be mailed to your home the week of June 10th.

Additional informational links are provided below. Please direct inquiries to Land Use Committee chair, Ralph Call at 453-8150 or ralphcall@charter.net.

The BCNA, Historic Preservation & Cell Phone Towers
Post Card
City of Yakima Cell Tower Zoning Ordinance