Sutro Tower Modification

Proposed Photo Simulation of Sutro Tower Modification

 

Project Overview

Sutro Tower is a privately-owned 977-foot tall communications tower used primarily for television and AM/FM radio broadcasts serving much of the San Francisco Bay Area.The proposed modifications would relocate existing antennas and add 50 antennas, microwave dishes and camera mounts to the tower. In addition a ground mounted satellite dish and improvements to existing access roads and landscaping are proposed. 

The Planning Code requires changes such as these to be reviewed by the Planning Commission as a Mandatory Discretionary Review hearing. 

The Discretionary Review hearing is currently scheduled for any time after 12:00 PM (noon) on March 19, 2015 at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400.

Materials for Download

Public Notification Process

A notice is mailed by the Planning Department 20 days before the hearing to all owners within 1,000 feet of Sutro Tower, and to all nearby neighborhood groups registered with the Planning Department. 

A separate notice was mailed, by Sutro Tower Incorporated, inviting community members and neighborhood groups (within 1,000 feet of Sutro Tower) to a community meeting. The community meeting was held on January 7, 2015 at 7 PM at the Saint John Armenian Church at 275 Olympia Way. 

Review Process

Building permit submittals for changes such as those proposed by pending building permits (2013.04.12.4452 & 2013.04.12.4453) require a mandatory Discretionary Review hearing by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on March 19, 2015 at City Hall, Room 400, where members of the public may provide testimony on the proposed project. At this hearing, the Planning Commission may approve, modify, or disapprove the proposed project.

Based on the scope of work, the Planning Department’s Environmental Review Officer required that the Project Sponsor prepare an addendum to the previous 2008 Final Environmental Impact Report.

In addition, a licensed engineer, prepared a report to demonstrate compliance with radio-frequency (and other) emissions associated with the proposed antenna additions and relocations. The report is intended to demonstrate compliance with public and occupational exposure standards set by the Federal Communications Commission. That report was reviewed and approved the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

How You Can Comment

Community members are welcome to attend the public hearing before the San Francisco Planning Commission on March 19, 2015 at any time after noon at City Hall, Room 400.

In addition, community members may also contact the Project Sponsor (Kristen Thall Peters) or the Planning Department’s Wireless Planner, Omar Masry.

Comments intended for the public record should be provided directly to Omar Masry and/or provided at the Planning Commission hearing:

Omar Masry
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Omar.Masry@sfgov.org
(415) 575-9116

Project Sponsor (on behalf of Sutro Tower):

Kristen Thall Peters
Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
201 California Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
KTPeters@cwclaw.com
(415) 433-1900

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will This Proposal Add Cellular Antennas?
  • Does the City Own the Tower or Antennas on Sutro Tower?
  • Will the Proposed Modifications Result in Traffic or Noise Increases?
  • Will the Proposed Modifications Include Changes to Lighting at the Tower?
  • Will the Proposed Modifications Increase Radiation or Radio-Frequency Emissions (RFR) from the Tower?

Who Do I Contact if I Have Questions or Feedback?

SF Planning Department
Omar Masry, Wireless Planner
omar.masry@sfgov.org
Direct: 415-575-9116