After a lengthy hearing, the Cedar Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday turned down a request by the Czech National Cemetery for a conditional use permit to allow a 120-foot-tall cellphone tower amid gravestones in southwest Cedar Rapids.
The vote against the plan was 7-1. The cell tower would have been a first for a cemetery in the city, though officials said that another request has been made to erect a cell tower in Cedar Memorial Cemetery in northeast Cedar Rapids.
The Czech National Cemetery and U.S. Cellular, which had planned to lease a 60- by-60 foot area from the cemetery for a tower site, still can take their case to the Board of Adjustment, which has final say on conditional use permits.
In rejecting the request, some commission members said a cell tower was not appropriate for the serenity of a cemetery.
What do you think? Are cemeteries an appropriate place for cell phone towers?