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Telecom Hotels (PAS 505)

A Planners Guide

By Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Since 1999, buildings in larger cities have been converted into telecommunications facilites or telecom hotels. This report defines facility requirements and location criteria and provides sample ordinances and a model ordinance.

Published by APA Planning Advisory Service, 2002

Format: Paperback, 31 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-884829-74-1

Quick order code: P505

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Do you know what a telecom hotel is?

Beginning in 1999, they began showing up in the downtowns of many American cities. And most of these cities had never seen this type of use before. Many had to draft emergency legislation to prevent these new developments from disrupting downtown plans. This report provides a review of existing regulations, as well as a model ordinance for telecom hotel development, so that your city can be prepared. You will find the definitions, standards, and innovative ideas employed by cities from Sacramento to Cleveland.

Given the expected explosion of high-speed Internet connections in the next few years, especially for residential users, telecom hotels are likely to become more prevalent. And the need to disperse these high-tech facilities for security and back-up purposes is likely to mean the siting of telecom hotels in suburbs and areas within metropolitan regions where they might not have sited before. Remember what happened with cell towers; get your plan and regulations in order before the permit applications start to flow.

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