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Strout Road cell-phone tower zone reduction approved

Following a public hearing, the Town Council on Aug. 13, 2018 approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that reduces the size of the cell-phone tower zone at 14 Strout Road.

The change will allow property owner Justin Strout, of Tower Specialists Inc., to make better use of portions of the property not suited to communcations towers.

Strout plans to consolidate the number of towers on the site from five to two. The zone reduction will occur in two phases: One will leave a "fall zone" around an existing tower currently leased by Crown Castle; the next phase further reduces the zone as long as the Crown Castle tower is removed by April 1, 2020.

Strout has said his family is doing estate planning and that removing some of tower overlay zone from the underlying residential zone will facilitate possible residential development in the future.

One of the goals of the Town Council is to improve cellular and telecommunications infrastructure and explore related revenue opportunities.