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Afton planners must re-draft tower ordinance

Planning commissioners have been told to get their thinking caps on with regard to Afton's moratorium on telecommunications towers.

The one-year moratorium, which was enacted in June, was brought about following the granting of approval to Washington County to erect a "stealth tower" in Afton, enabling its 800 Mhz system to go live.

The tower, which will resemble a pine tree, is likely to be completed by the end of November, according to a recent report by the sheriff's office.

At the planning commission's Sept. 8 meeting, chair Jim Fox told commissioners they would soon be getting down to the task of re-drafting the ordinance governing communications towers, which some felt was inadequate.

Initial concerns focused on whether towers should be permitted in a rural residential setting, and the definition of the word "stealth."