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Commission to consider cell tower in Wilhoit

The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday will consider permitting an 80-foot-tall cell phone tower in Wilhoit and amending the minor community plan for Tri-City Electric near Dewey-Humboldt.

Verizon Wireless wants to build a cell tower on Patricia and Cledis Weatherford's one-acre parcel at Highway 89 and Steven Trail.

Along with the 80-foot tower, Verizon would build a four-foot wide microwave dish and a 25-foot by 12-foot equipment shed.

According to its Use Permit application, Verizon will build the wireless communication tower on a leased parcel within the one-acre lot and enclose it with a five-foot tall masonry wall topped by a 3-foot chain link fence.

The County Development Services Department told P&Z staff that as of March 31 it has received 113 letters of support, and none opposing the proposed tower from Wilhoit residents and property owners.

In another hearing, the commissioners will consider a use permit from John Johnson, owner of Tri-City Electric, to operate an electrical contracting business about 5.5 miles east of Dewey along Highway 169 near Orme Road.

According to a P&Z staff report, Johnson has operated Tri-City Electric from his home since 2001.

In 2007, he built a 2,000 square foot metal building for his business east of Dewey.

The county's zoning ordinance does not permit a business under the land's RCU-2A residential-rural zoning status. Johnson also is asking for a waiver from screening requirements.

As of March 31, the commission has received no letters against and one letter in support of the business.

The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair St., in Prescott.

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