5G Wireless Network Rollout Blasted, Backed at County Hearing
KEN STONE | February 27, 2019
According to the county Planning & Development Services department, the 21 proposed zoning amendments would help the county better carry out growth initiatives, streamline and clarify regulations, address new uses and business practices, and carry out new state and federal regulations.
If passed, the zoning changes will affect housing for senior citizens and farm workers, certain types of density building and condominium development in the county. The board is scheduled to formally vote on adopting all zoning changes March 13. Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new rule, now in effect, on the 5G wireless network deployment. According to critics, the rule curtails local authority by limiting fees that local governments may assess on companies that place or build new wireless service facilities. The FCC rule also gave local governments 60 days to evaluate applications from wireless companies on 5G structures.