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Amended tower ordinance

Tryon approves amendments for better coverage

TRYON—The Town of Tryon has made changes to its zoning ordinance to allow wireless communication towers to be higher and located on town owned property. 

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and approved the recommended changes from the Tryon Planning Board. 

The town also held a public hearing prior to unanimously approving the changes, but no residents spoke on the subject. 

The new height on towers is now up to 199 feet. The previous restrictions on towers in Tryon was 100 feet. 

The town ordinance for towers also used to be restricted to only the P-1 zoning districts. The new provisions allow towers to be constructed in the P-1 zoning districts and on town-owned property. 

The Tryon Planning Board approved the recommended changes on April 18 regarding the height and location of wireless communication towers. 

“We believe the changes are consistent with potential needs and requirements for current wireless communication tower standards, which would allow for better coverage for citizens and law enforcement devices,” said planning board chair John Walters in a recommendation letter to town council.