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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Wireless - FCC'S 2018 Small Cell Order

The Town would like to thank the community for participating in legislative updates to the Town's wireless communications facilities (WCF) regulations. While the timeline was tight to adopt local regulations by January 14th, when new FCC rules regarding small cell installations go into effect, the Town was able to receive valuable input from residents through a variety of modalities, which truly shaped the final decisions. 


The City Council (1) adopted an urgency ordinance due to the tight time line, (2) introduced a regular ordinance which would extend the regulations upon expiration of the urgency ordinance, and (3) adopted a resolution. The ordinances were created to accommodate new processing requirements, and the resolution was adopted to regulate location and design standards for WCFs and other utility infrastructure. The benefit of incorporating location and design standards into a resolution is that resolutions may become effective immediately upon adoption whereas an ordinance may take up to 90 days to become effective. By having the location and design standards in a resolution, changes can be made more efficiently.


If you have a question or concern on this topic, please email William Li at wli@hillsborough.net.


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