A Tall Order: Finding a balanced approach to cell tower regulation

APA Alaska Chapter

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. AKST

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Overview

The recent explosion of cell phone usage has led to the rise of tall towers. Unfortunately, erection of tall towers can lead to land use conflicts. As a result, many local municipalities are developing or updating zoning regulations in order to deal with the influx of new cellular towers. Learn the essentials of producing realistic and balanced regulations for cell towers and other tall structures. Everything from the FCC's Shot clock and the Federal Telecommunication Act of 1996 to camouflage, lighting, setbacks, collocation and more. The recent explosion of cell phone usage has led to the rise of tall towers. Unfortunately, erection of tall towers can lead to land use conflicts. As a result, many local municipalities are developing or updating zoning regulations in order to deal with the influx of new cellular towers. This presentation will give attendees the basic knowledge they need to know in order to produce regulations that meet their communities needs. The regulation of cellular networks is a complex topic as it is regulated by federal law which preempts local zoning authority. The topic can often be highly charged and a planner needs to know the pitfalls, red herrings, and impractical solutions which can lead the conversation astray.