A Niagara County board cast doubt on the proposed cell phone tower in the Town of Porter recently.

The Niagara County Planning Board reviewed T-Mobile’s application for a 190-foot tower during its monthly meeting on Monday and recommended it be rejected. Lacking in the application were a documented environmental review, a visual simulation to see how the tower would look and a study showing that similar coverage could not be provided from the town’s one existing tower, planning board members said, according to meeting documents.

“Nobody was (at the meeting) to explain it and there were no good answers,” said Donald Smith, planning board chairman. “So we disapproved it.”

The county’s opinion was advisory and the town does not have to heed the recommendation, Smith said. The vote was 7-0 with one abstention.

The board issues recommendations for building applications for anything within 500 feet of county property, Smith said. The proposed tower would be near where Blairville Road crosses the Robert Moses Parkway.

Porter’s planning board and town board recently signed off on the tower. The only remaining approval needed is the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which will meet on Feb. 28 to consider the application.

Porter Supervisor Merton Wiepert said he hadn’t yet heard of the county’s recommendation but that he’s sure the zoning board will consider it.

“I think if the board studies it they’ll see what’s best for the Town of Porter,” he said.

The planning board has already made a couple changes to the original application, including putting a permanent stone driveway to the tower, allowing other companies to use the tower instead of building a new one and forcing T-Mobile to take the tower down if it ever becomes obsolete.