Despite protests from some area residents, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission okayed a zoning permit approving construction of a nine-antenna T-Mobile tower on the roof of a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Overhill Drive in Baldwin Hills.

Some 550 residents signed a petition opposing the antenna because of fear the structure would lower property values and pose potential health risks.

However according to a commission spokesperson, federal law gives local governments limited control over the placement, construction and modification of such towers. The commission was limited to determining whether the tower is permitted within county zoning guidelines.

Now that the tower has been approved, T-Mobile will be notified, and residents have a short window of appeal after final notification. The action can also be called up for review by the County Board of Supervisors.