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Invitation for Public Input Regarding a Proposed Freedom Mobile 50.0 metre Self-support Wireless Com

When a new cell tower is proposed to go up, a letter to all the residents within 1000 metres are notified via mail. Area "F" is not within the 1000 metres. Below is a copy of the letter and invite that went to residents within the 1000 metres. Please attend the public input meeting if you like.


This towner is within the RDOS or Area "F".

October 6, 2020


Dear Neighbour,

Freedom Mobile (“Freedom”) is striving to provide high quality wireless communications services to Canadians. Increasingly, Canadians depend on wireless voice, data and internet communications for business, personal enjoyment and emergency needs. In order to improve Freedom Mobile’s wireless service in the Penticton area, Freedom is proposing the construction of a new radioc ommunications installation. Freedom has commenced consultation in accordance with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED’s), formerly Industry Canada’s, CPC-2-0-03 — Radio communication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems client procedures circular.

PROPOSAL DETAILS: The proposed installation consists of a self-support tower, 50.0 metres in height, with three (3) initial panel antennas, three (3) future panel antennas, four (4) microwave dishes and two (2) equipment cabinets within a chain-link fenced equipment compound occupying an area of 10.0 by 10.0 metres. The self-support tower is required to support Freedom’s antennas in order to provide wireless communication network service within approximately five (5) kilometres of the proposed location.

Freedom Mobile c/o Cypress Land Services Inc. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Freedom Mobile Self-Support Tower on Mount Nkwala Time: Oct 27, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) To join Zoom Meeting online go to: https://zoom.us/j/98991388640?pwd=OTRhUWV1cGwvV3FCSlkvRmFmV1lMdz09 Meeting ID: 989 9138 8640

Passcode: U7SBB6

To dial in by telephone, call 1-778-907-2071

Meeting ID: 989 9138 8640 Passcode: 694913


REGULATORY AUTHORITY:

Telecommunication providers are required by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), formerly Industry Canada, to consult with the local municipality and the general public regarding new installations. ISED does have exclusive jurisdiction over the approval and placement of telecommunications installations. The RDOS has adopted Board Policy Communication Towers / Antenna Systems Approval Process and Location & Design Guidelines to establish the preferences of the Board of Directors for enhanced public consultation and locational & design guidelines in the Antenna System approval process.


The consultation process will provide an opportunity for residents, stakeholders and landowners to obtain detailed information regarding the proposal and to provide comments for consideration. Any inquiries that are received as a result of this notification will be logged and submitted to the RDOS and ISED as part of our application for concurrence.


This letter provides written notification to adjacent landowners and stakeholders within a radius of 1000 metres from the Antenna system with an opportunity to engage in reasonable, relevant, and timely communication regarding this proposal. You have received a copy of this notification package because your property, or a property you have an interest in, is located within 1000 metres or less from the proposed installation. The closing period for written comments regarding the proposal is November 23, 2020. Any inquiries that are received as a result of this notification will be logged and submitted to the RDOS.

For additional and detailed information regarding CPC-2-0-03 — Radio communication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems client procedures circular, please go on-line to: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt- gst.nsf/eng/sf08777.html

Purpose The purpose of the proposed facility is to help Freedom provide wireless coverage to the area within five kilometres. Freedom Mobile investigated the area for collocation options on nearby tower sites, buildings, and other structures. Unfortunately, the existing towers in the immediate vicinity do not offer the adequate height to collocate antennas on to meet Freedom Mobile’s network objectives. Rogers offered a height of 20.4 metres to Freedom to collocate on the tower. This height is towards the bottom half of the tower and will not provide coverage along the Highway below. The proposed Freedom Mobile tower has sufficient space and loading capacity for additional antennas should another carrier wish to apply to install equipment to support their network requirements at this location. An aerial photo of the proposed location and a photo-simulation of the proposed tower is included as part of this notification package.

Location The tower will be located at the coordinates N 49.5287°, W 119.6413°. The proposed tower location is on Mount Nkwala, Crown Land near Penticton, BC, RDOS, Legal: District Lot 1208, Osoyoos Division Yale District.

Health & Safety of Wireless Facilities ISED manages the radio communications spectrum in Canada and requires cellular telecommunications facilities to comply within the guidelines set by Health Canada in order to protect people who live or work near these facilities. These Health Canada safety guidelines are outlined in their ‘Safety Code 6’ document and are among the most stringent in the world. All Freedom facilities adhere to and are generally well within these standards. Freedom attests that the radio installation described in this notification package will be installed and operated on an ongoing basis so as to comply with Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 for the protection of the general public including any combined effects of nearby installations within the local radio environment.

Site Access Access is existing through the property. Construction is anticipated to take 30 to 45 days. Once complete, the site will only be accessed for routine maintenance visits which typically occur once or twice a month. To safeguard the site from the general public, the tower base and equipment shelter will be enclosed by a fence.

Environment Freedom confirms that the installation is excluded from environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.


This proposal is for a 50.0 metres in height, with three (3) initial panel antennas, three (3) future panel antennas, four (4) microwave dishes and two (2) equipment cabinets within a chain-link fenced equipment compound occupying an area of 10.0 by 10.0 metres. A preliminary design of the site plan, compound plan and tower profile are included in this notification for your reference.

Transport Canada The pole will be marked in accordance with the Transportation Canada and NAV Canada requirements. No lighting or marking required.

Structural Considerations Freedom confirms that the antenna structure described in this notification package will apply good engineering practices including, structural adequacy during construction. The facility will be built to the National Building Code as well as the BC Building Code.

Local Municipality The RDOS has adopted Board Policy Communication Towers / Antenna Systems Approval Process and Location & Design Guidelines to establish the preferences of the Board of Directors for enhanced public consultation and locational & design guidelines in the Antenna System approval process.

General Information General information relating to antenna systems is available on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/en/h_sf01702e.html Contacts FREEDOM MOBILE c/o Tawny Verigin of Cypress Land Services Inc. Agents for Freedom Mobile Suite 1051, 409 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2 Telephone: 1-855-301-1520 Fax: 604-620-0876 Email: publicconsultation@cypresslandservices.com RDOS JoAnn Peachey, Planner I 101 Martin Street Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Phone : (250) 492-0237 Email: jpeachey@rdos.bc.ca ISED Okanagan-Kootenay District Office 1726 Dolphin Avenue, Room 603 Kelowna BC V1Y 9R9 Phone: 250-470-5026 or 1-800-667-3780 Fax: 250-470-5045 Email: ic.spectrumkelowna-kelownaspectre.ic@canada.ca (By appointment only)



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