Concerns about nesting eagles have meant another delay for the construction of a cell phone tower in Point Roberts.
Comments from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife prompted a redesign of the tower from a lattice structure to a monopole.
“The new design will reduce the probability of eagles nesting on the tower,” said Nicholas Smith with Whatcom County Planning and Development Services.
Whatcom County Hearing Examiner Michael Bobbink approved a revision to the conditional use permit for the project on June 6, and on July 19 the applicants submitted a new building permit application. Smith said he had granted approval of the permit based on zoning but the project is still under review with the county plans examiner.
“Once the permit is completed and reissued it is assumed the applicant will immediately start the project,” Smith said.