PAS QuickNotes (QN)

PAS QuickNotes is a series of briefing papers that provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens.

QN offers a timely, concise overview of a single planning topic as well as additional information and resources available through the Planning Advisory Service.

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Local Control and Wireless Facilities Siting

Cell towers and antennas are necessary to support the mobile telecommunications networks that allow us to check our email while waiting in line, get weather or traffic alerts in real time, or post selfies from a mountaintop. Wireless facilities can also be critical to providing broadband access in low-density or rural areas or areas with challenging geography, where traditional wired access may not be provided by a telephone company or cable provider. While the siting of wireless facilities is largely a local issue, subject to local zoning regulations and permitting processes, federal and (in many cases) state laws limit the extent of local control. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes presents a brief overview of these limits and discusses some key considerations for local policy.

The Value of Planning

Everyone makes plans. Sometimes we plan to accomplish specific goals. Other times we plan to avoid otherwise negative outcomes. These are the same basic reasons why towns, cities, counties, and regions choose to plan. Since community planning is, by definition, a collective effort requiring commitments of both time and financial resources, it makes sense to consider how that investment is likely to pay off. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes explains some of the fundamental social, economic, and environmental benefits of planning.

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Authors Wanted

If you are a planner or authority in the field with expertise in one of the following areas, please send an e-mail to the editor at pasquicknotes

  • Techniques for Successful Public Engagement
  • Historic Preservation or Historic District Planning
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Health Impact Assessments and Planning
  • Understanding MPOs

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