Up to two dozen new cell towers could be constructed as part of a master plan being reviewed by members of the Sedona City Council.
There are currently 22 such towers within Sedona’s limits or just outside those limits. A draft of the city’s Wireless Communication Master Plan has indicated that at least 16 more could be built inside the city, with another nine near Sedona’s borders.
Located about 30 miles southwest of Flagstaff, Sedona has seen a slow increase in its population from less than 8,900 in the late 1990s to more than 10,300 today.
City officials have said that that increase, along with the need for updated telecommunications technology, is a driving force for the construction of more towers.
In response, Sedona contracted out last year with City Scape Consultants, Inc., a Boca Raton, Florida-based telecommunications consulting firm, to help develop the master plan.
The towers, which will have to be approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission as well as the Sedona City Council, will more than likely go up on city-owned sites.
The master plan is expected to be reviewed by the council at their next meeting on December 13.