Tahoe Mountain Cell Tower Short-Term License Agreement and Permanent Easements


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Tahoe Conservancy
Document Title
Tahoe Mountain Cell Tower Short-Term License Agreement and Permanent Easements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Conservancy is entering into one short-term license agreement authorizing New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) to install utility infrastructure along an existing, unpaved road and to use the road to access its project site at the top of Tahoe Mountain, on USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) land. AT&T will construct a new 117-foot-tall monopine cell tower and supporting facilities. AT&T has designed the proposed cell tower to visually blend in with the tree canopy and its height is similar in size to nearby trees to minimize scenic impact. AT&T will make minor modifications to the road on LTBMU and private land to provide sufficient turning radii for construction and maintenance vehicles accessing the site. Along an existing unpaved road, AT&T will construct a five-foot-deep and two-foot-wide trench, lay conduit and lines for fiber-optic infrastructure, and backfill the trench in the road on Conservancy property. Liberty Utilities will install a powerline to service the cell tower in the conduit as part of the construction. The Conservancy is entering into a permanent 20-foot-wide easement with AT&T for access and maintenance of its fiberoptic infrastructure and entering a permanent 20-foot-wide utility easement with Liberty Utilities for access and maintenance of its powerline.

Contact Information

Nick Meyer
Agency Name
State of California-Tahoe Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


El Dorado
Cross Streets
Existing unpaved road off Deveron Way
Parcel #
El Dorado County Assessment Numbers 032-050-020, 032-050-022, and 032-050-069

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Classes 3 & 4, §§ 15303 and 15304 (see also Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §§ 12102.3 and 12102.4.)
Reasons for Exemption
The construction of the cell tower and associated facilities are exempt under Class 3 because it involves the construction of new, small structures and equipment. The road improvements, trench digging, and filling activities are exempt under Class 4 because they involve minor alterations to the land.


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