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Verizon seeks to renew permit for communications tower

Two years ago, Verizon sought and received a conditional use permit for the same project, but did not get the tower constructed. That permit sunsets Dec. 31.

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WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Planning Commission met for less than 10 minutes Wednesday evening, during which it reauthorized a conditional use permit for Verizon Wireless to construct a 259-foot communication tower in the southeast quarter of Section 24, Summit Lake Township.

Two years ago, Verizon sought and received a conditional use permit for the same project, but did not get the tower constructed. That permit sunsets Dec. 31.

Karyn O’Brien of Bloomington, who represented Verizon in the request, said neither the height nor the location of the tower is changing, and all of the environmental reviews remain in effect from the first time the permit was sought.

“We want to have the project and permit ready to go so when the priority is determined, they can just go forward,” O’Brien said.

Verizon asked for the new permit to sunset Dec. 31, 2021.

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“They anticipate they will get the project completed in the next two years,” said Nobles County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kathy Henderschiedt. “If not, they will come back.”

With the board’s approval of the request, the permit will advance to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners Oct. 8 for review and action.

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