Mission council has delayed a decision to allow a cell phone tower at the corner of Shook Road and Lougheed Highway until the applicant can address concerns.
Mary Roadhouse and Catherine Cloutier presented council with a petition containing 912 signatures opposing the tower.
Both women have lived in Hatzic for more than 40 years and spoke of the wildlife concerns, and the dangers they say the electromagnetic radiation from the tower can have on humans, especially young children.
Scott Telecom Services’ Vanessa Cartwright, who put in the application, requested a deferral in order to respond to residents’ questions residents.
Cartwright explained Wind Mobile would be the anchor tenant, but the tower could accommodate four carriers.
She noted the new tower would address the cell coverage gap. Currently, there is no Wind mobile coverage in the Hatzic area.
The tower would be 57.9 metres tall and would not require any lighting.
Cartwright noted she would work with the district to landscape around the tower and the structure can be painted any colour the district wants.
The issue is expected to be back in front of council April 15.