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T-Mobile has filed a request for a building permit to construct a long-planned cell phone tower on United Methodist Church property. In response, the city has asked a court to issue an injunction to stop the permit.

Mayor Dean Maxwell said that on October 1, the city asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to to issue an emergency injunction within 21 days to allow the city to hold off on issuing the building permit for the time being.

The delay would allow time while the court considers the issue of federal pre-emption of local control in the siting of telecommunications facilities in another case.

The city and some area residents have long opposed construction of the 119-foot T-Mobile monopole cell tower on the church property, saying it’s not appropriate in a residential area.

Earlier this year, the city enacted an interim ordinance which would give the city at least some control over the location of the tower. Federal law allows local zoning in the siting of cell towers, but courts have issued a series of decisions which limit local authority.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times