FAIRFIELD — A stealth telecommunications facility is planned for the rural area between Fairfield and Vacaville that can easily be seen from Interstate 80.
It won’t look like antennas and other equipment. Rather, its two buildings are to look like barns sitting amid a landscape of brush and oak trees.
The Solano County Planning Commission on Thursday approved the undertaking by SAC Wireless of CA Inc. on behalf of AT&T. Its decision is final unless appealed to the county Board of Supervisors.
SAC Wireless plans to build the wireless communications facility south of the intersection of Lyon and Cherry Glen roads. This stretch of I-80 is designated a scenic roadway in the Solano County General Plan.
Twelve 8-foot-tall panel antennas, three surge protectors and 15 remote radio units are to be mounted on metal framing, a county report said. This equipment would be within a 484-square-foot fake barn that is 22 feet by 22 feet and 27 feet high.
A second structure is to be 226 feet to the south. Here, batteries, electrical panels and other telecommunications equipment is to be inside a 230-square-foot shelter that also looks like a barn.
SAC Wireless looked at 15 other possible sites within 2 miles of the proposed site, a county report said. None proved suitable for reasons ranging from being too far from the desired coverage area to being targeted for development to being unable to contact the property owners.
The company settled on the Lyons Road site. The property, though in the rural county, is owned by Vacaville.
“We believe this proposed AT&T site will better serve the nearby community and freeway commuters’ wireless needs, as well as provide rental income to the city of Vacaville,” said a letter to the county from Jason Osborne of SAC Wireless.
Once built, the facility will not have workers at it except for maintenance and repairs, a county report said.
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