Moving away from DoT’s cell tower norms will hit users: Private cellular operators to Maharashtra govt
The green area is approximate location of open space recently purchased by the town. Citing significant gaps in cellular coverage in the northwest part of town, Homeland Towers, a Danbury-based firm partnering with AT&T, officially submitted its five-part application for a cell tower that will overlook Ledges Road Monday, Nov. 4. AT&Ts statistics show that signal levels that are reliable for use in homes, vehicles and generally around town only currently serve about 16% of the towns land mass and 18% of the population, said Chris Fisher of Cuddy and Feder LLP, the applicants attorney, in a letter to the town. These gaps in reliable wireless coverage are notable for a community like Ridgefield with a large population. These service deficiencies are particularly evident in the northwestern part of the community which supports three elementary schools, a middle school and the towns high school, numerous places of public assembly like Tiger Hollow and major commuting corridors such as State Route 116. He estimated that the tower site will bring wireless service to more than 5,000 residents in the area. Town officials will hold a private meeting today to discuss the full technical report before scheduling a public information meeting. There will be a meeting in Ridgefield, confirmed First Selectman Rudy Marconi yesterday morning. I am meeting with the town attorney, Dave Grogins, the town planner, Betty Brosius, and Ben Oko of the Conservation Commission to discuss the application before it goes in front of the public. Under state statutes, the town has the option of conducting a public information session on any proposed cellular tower facility within the first 60 days of the 90-day period afforded to prospective applicants seeking consultation from the Connecticut Siting Council. The meeting will need to occur before Jan. 1, according to Mr.
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Town ready to debate cell tower policy
In August, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued cell towers’ guidelines and now the state is planning to finalize its policy. “The Centre’s norms were drafted in consultation with the states, including Maharashtra, and the industry,” said COAI director-general Rajan S Mathews. “Any major deviation from the Centre’s guidelines will lead to severe network failures and massive service disruptions,” he added. According to the Centre’s norms, there is no restriction on installation of towers on schools or hospitals. “We urge the state to have a policy that allows putting in place cell towers on schools and hospitals and other buildings in order to provide better mobile connectivity,” Mathews added. Activist Prakash Munshi said the radiation levels in Mumbai are very high and cause serious health hazards. Cellular operators have demanded that the state government, which will soon finalise a new policy on cell towers, should not deviate from the Central (DoT) guidelines issued in August this year. Else, this could lead to serious problems of “network coverage” for cellphone users, specially in Mumbai. Cellular Operators Association of India director-general Rajan S Mathews said that central norms were drafted (by DoT) in consultation with the states including Maharashtra and the industry. “These guidelines on installation of towers and emission norms are one of the safest in the world.
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Currently, the height of the tower is limited by the height of structures in the zoning districts http://towerleases.com/cell-tower-leases-get-informed/ where towers are allowed to be built. This height is governed by the Comprehensive Plan as referenced in the land uses in each zoning district. The policy under consideration removes the height limitations of cell towers from the Towns Comprehensive Plan and places the regulations in the land development regulations. Land development regulations are changeable through two votes of a sitting Commission and allow towers to be considered through a site plan review process. The idea of putting the height controls in land development regulations and making cell towers exempt from the height regulations of the Comp plan led to the requirement to adopt height recommendations and a maximum height. As the ordinance reads, the maximum height an applicant can seek is 100-110-feet, but the Planning and Zoning Board suggested an amendment where an applicant can seek a waiver for additional height. The new ordinance also posits a hierarchal approach to approval where an applicant would have to show that other preferred technologies that are less intrusive are not feasible or would cause a hardship. Hardship has not been defined in this instance and does not bear the weight of a hardship where economic consideration cannot be construed as one as in a variance request. The new ordinance changes the allowed uses at the Police Fire site and makes a cell tower an allowed use with the caveat that a camouflaged tower is the only kind that would be permitted. The current rules that will be replaced if the ordinance is adopted have been in place for the past several years and allow towers only in Institutionally-zoned properties and require a collapse zone of 200 feet or twice the height of the tower, whichever is greater.
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