Pacific Power withdraws tower request

Pacific Power last week withdrew a request for a variance for a wireless communication tower.

The Sweet Home Planning Commission had been scheduled to hold a public hearing on the variance Monday evening.

Pacific Power has found a location that does not require a variance, according to the Planning Commission agenda update.

Pacific Power was requesting a variance from the city’s height restriction in order to remove an existing 70-foot tower and replace it with a 180-foot tower at the substation at 1700 18th Ave.

Pacific Power planned to use the tower to communicate with the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project east of Sweet Home. According to Pacific Power’s application, the height was necessary for the wireless signal to clear Riggs Hill and reach the Falls Creek project.