Rooting for a “win-win” ordinance for wireless equipment in historic Nevada City

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Nevada City Council will “discuss and consider the possibility/interest in developing a City Ordinance creating a telecommunications facility and antenna criteria plan and provide staff direction.”

I applaud this, and I hope the Council follows through with an ordinance that preserves aesthetics and addresses other concerns but still makes it possible for advanced wireless technologies. Let’s explore underground vaults for this equipment, as other cities have.

This can be a “win-win,” not a divisive issue as it has been elsewhere. Nevada City is not alone: cities thoughout California are addressing this — some with success.

It’s also OK to push back and get the best deal for a city, rather than being snide and dismissive about the concerns:

“Concord Regional School Committee rejects cell tower; debate continues in Concord Concord School Cell Tower Debate April 17, 2018

“Danville Danville Residents Express Radiation Concerns Over Building of Small Cell Towers   New rules are being proposed for Danville that “would exempt small cells from land use permit and the associated submittal requirements.”  Danville Commission New Cell Tower Fast Tracking Permitting Rules Proposed

“Hillsborough Hillsborough Residents fight Cell Towers

“Monterey  Monterey Vista Residents Concerned About New Cell Technology

“Napa  Napa Valley Decides Plain Cell Tower Looks Better Than Fake Pines

“Oakland    Oakland Residents Fight to Keep Cell Towers at Bay

“Palo Alto   Palo alto Residents Oppose Verizon Plan to Add 92 Cell Antennas in Neighborhoods. 

“Petaluma- Municipal Code updated 

“Piedmont Cell Antenna Sites OK’d: No One’s Happy . Piedmont, an East Bay city, denied antennas for 5 of 8 cell antenna sites, stating that they were out of compliance with city standards, design guidelines, noise levels and the general plan. City of Piedmont, Council Meeting Oct 16, 2017.  The city did approve some cell towers out of fear of being sued. Fear of Lawsuit Prompts Site ApprovalWith All Parties Unhappy.

ConsumerWatch: 5G Cellphone Towers Signal Renewed Concerns Over Impacts On Health. CBS News Jan 25, 2018

“Running Springs- Catholic Church and Retreat Center,  Proliferation of Cell Towers Raises Concerns

“Sebastopol Commentary: Cell Tower Moratorium Needed. March 7, 2018

“Sonoma EMF Network Files Lawsuit in Sebastopol January 2018

“Santa Rosa New Verizon antennas generate unwelcome buzz in Santa Rosa

Source: Physicians for Safe Technology”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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