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City Council Considers 5G Wireless Facilities

Post Date:06/14/2019 4:30 PM

The Sausalito City Council took action at its meeting on June 11 to move forward with amendments to the City's zoning ordinance governing wireless telecommunications facilities like the small-cell installations used for 5G networks. The ordinance regulates the deployment of new telecommunications facilities to the extent allowed by federal and state law. The regulations are primarily based on aesthetic concerns, as federal law prohibits municipalities from restricting the installation of telecommunications facilities based on health concerns or through the introduction of high fees for installation permits.

Also at the meeting on June 11, and in response to public comment, the City Council directed City staff to research what other municipalities have done to regulate 5G networks in their communities and what legal actions are underway. Staff will report back to the Council in August or September 2019. If the Council determines that further amendments to the ordinance are warranted, a public hearing will be announced to Sausalito residents.

A second reading of the amendments to the City's zoning ordinance will take place at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 18. If approved, the ordinance would go into effect 30 days later.

Any questions about City of Sausalito regulations governing telecommunications facilities may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at lwhalen@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4133. The telecommunications item heard by the Council on June 11 was originally scheduled for May 28 but was continued to a later date.

READ A MAY 24 CURRENTS ARTICLE ON THE WIRELESS ORDINANCE
WATCH THE PUBLIC HEARING AT THE JUNE 11 COUNCIL MEETING
READ THE STAFF REPORT ON THE WIRELESS ORDINANCE
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