New cell tower proposed for Mission’s Steelhead area

District of Mission to host public consultation meeting on Jan. 27.

Mission could soon be home to another telecommunication tower.

An application has been filed by Cypress Land Service Incorporated, on behalf of Telus, to construct a new 60-metre tower at Red Mountain, located on Dewdney Trunk Road in the Steelhead area.

Originally, Rogers Communications had agreed to co-locate on the proposed tower site, but has decided to pull out of the project.

The site is located on Crown land and is largely removed from residential uses or views.

According to the staff report, Telus wants to construct the tower to “maintain and improve high quality, dependable network services” in the area.

Although Industry Canada has the jurisdiction to license telecommunication towers, the district will still consult with the public regarding the new proposal.

Public consultation will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Steelhead Community Centre (32971 Cardinal Street) in Mission.

In addition, Cypress Land Service has contacted the Steelhead Community Association, the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association regarding the tower and how it could impact those groups.