Alpharetta Expected to Join Milton in Opposing Cell Tower Legislation

The proposed House Bill would limit a city's ability to control cell towers through zoning.

Alpharetta is prepared to oppose legislation that would limit its zoning controls for cell towers and that prohibits any city from offering Internet broadband if any private carrier alrady offers the service.

The North Fulton city joins Milton in opposing House Bill 176, which limits the municipal zoning authority for cell towers. According to the resolution City Council will consider at tonight's meeting in City Hall at 7:30, the legislation would:

  • Prevent a city from imposing height limitations on a new tower;
  • Prevent a city from imposing requirements to ensure abandoned or unused wireless facilities are removed;
  • Allow new cell towers to be automatically approved if the city does not approve or disapprove an application within a specified time frame;
  • Prevent a city from determing what rent would be charged for siting a cell tower on publicly owned property;
  • Prevent a city from imposing a condition that an applicant allow multiple carriers to locate on a single tower (co-location).
Travis Allen February 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM
OMG, who proposed this legislation and what kind of kick backs are they getting from the phone companies?
Jen February 25, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Bill sponsors are as follows: Don Parsons 44th district, Stacey Abrams 89th district, Richard Smith 134th district, Mike Dudgeon 25th district, Mark Hamilton 24th district, and our own CHUCK MARTIN!
Travis Allen February 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Well, I guess my opinion of him just changed from "nothing" to "negative"...what are they thinking?
Bulldog February 26, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Obviously, they know something about this situation that you don't. Patience, Young Grasshopper.
Rusty Monroe February 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM
We assist 800+ communities in 34 states on this issue. There is no evidence of the need for the proposed legislation and no legitimate need is served by its passage. It's simply big business/money 'buying' deregulation. Proposed 90 and 150 day time limit just repeats current FCC regs. average time for a co-location application review by us is 14 days – 6 times faster than required by either the FCC or HB 176. They want a State-imposed special exemption, carving out only for them from what every other business and person must do. Preempted by proposed changes: - minimum safety standards and requirements; - protect the nature and character of portions of the community; - assure proper maintenance of a facility vis-à-vis safety - protect property values - replace a community’s control over its own destiny with an individual company’s desires/opinion of what’s best for that community regardless of the effect on the community. There would be no measurable financial benefit to the tower or carrier industries, much less significant enough to warrant the loss of local authority that would be suffered by the community. - The State cannot afford to regulate and enforce the issue of safety on thousands of facilities; and - no agency at the federal level overseeing this safety or aesthetic issue, or any other aspect of permitting wireless facilities . Rusty Monroe, Co-Founder of The Center for Municipal Solutions


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