08.24.2004 12:00 AM
Denver TV Tower Approved, Again
You may remember a year ago the Jefferson County commissioners approved the Lake Cedar Group's proposal to construct a 730-foot tower on Lookout Mountain outside Denver for KCNC, KMGH, KUSA and KTVD to replace three large existing towers and a number of smaller ones. See RF Report for July 28, 2003 for details. The tower was opposed by Canyon Area Residents for the Environment (CARE), a group representing homeowners in the area. CARE appealed the ruling (see RF Report for September 29, 2003) and a court ruled the commissioners had to reconsider it. On August 17, they did and voted three to zero to approve the tower.

The CARE Web site mentions that the group has appealed the District Court decision upholding the commissioner's approval of the Bear Creek Development Company's new tower on Mount Morrison, the other major TV broadcast site for Denver, to the Colorado Court of Appeals. The Bear Creek proposal is for a unique "horizontal tower" that would limit the visual impact of the antennas to surrounding communities.

For more on this recent action, see the Rocky Mountain News article by Charley Able, Once again, Jeffco panel gives its OK to TV tower and ABC 7 (KMGH) website article TV Tower on Lookout Mountain Approved For Second Time -- Golden Mountain Residents Worry About HD Tower's Health Effects. The Denver Post also carried an article on the decision - Jeffco OKs rezoning for new TV tower on Lookout Mountain by Ann Schrader.

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