On June 7, 2016, the Planning Commission approved Conditional Use Permit No. 14CUP02 to allow the installation of a new wireless telecommunication facility on the southwest corner of English Road and Peyton Drive within the SCE substation site. The project consists of the installation of a 50-foot tall Verizon wireless telecommunication facility (monopine). On May 21, 2019, the Planning Commission 19EXT01, granted a one-year extension of time (19EXT01) for the Verizon Monopine Project (14CUP02).
The project site is owned by SCE, a public utility company, and is currently developed with an electric substation that is enclosed by a chain link fence. The landscaping surrounding the project site consists of a number of pine trees on English Road that will remain intact and the two trees on Peyton Drive that are in poor condition. In order to enhance the aesthetics of this prominent street corner (English Road and Peyton Drive), the applicant, Verizon, has agreed to landscape 1,544 square feet that currently consists of a dirt area with limited vegetation adjacent to the SCE substation fence facing Peyton Drive. Verizon would be responsible for the installation of the landscaping and an irrigation system, and SCE would be responsible for water and electricity costs for maintenance of the new landscaped area.
Because the corner is a highly visible and prominent corner, City staff recommends that the City maintain the landscaping since neither Verizon nor SCE were willing to maintain it. In order to allow the City to maintain the landscaping, as per Condition of Approval No. 24, SCE is required to grant a maintenance easement to the City for the purpose of maintenance of new landscaping materials as shown in Exhibit “D” on the attached Landscape Maintenance Agreement between SCE, Verizon, and the City of Chino Hills. The City will have the ability to terminate the easement for any reason by providing thirty days notice and restoring the site to its original condition.