What have other cities done?

Like Danville, cities around the country are working to update their wireless ordinances to address small cell facilities in a manner complies with new federal and state laws.  Also like Danville, these updated ordinances include similar design standards and acknowledge that FCC regulations preempts the consideration of health impacts when reviewing wireless applications. 

While some ordinances appear to be more restrictive, they all contain provisions that allow wireless facilities to be approved in order to comply with federal and state law.  For example, the City of Mill Valley lists most wireless facilities as “Not Permitted” in residential districts.  However, the “Exceptions” section of their ordinance allows the city to approve a wireless installation anywhere if the city finds that:

1. Denial of the facility as proposed would violate federal law, state law, or both; or

2. A provision of this chapter, as applied to applicant, would deprive applicant of rights under federal law, state law, or both.   

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1. What is a small cell wireless facility?
2. Who governs the location of wireless facilities?
3. What has the Town of Danville done to address this issue?
4. What does the Town’s Wireless Ordinance do?
5. What have other cities done?
6. Can potential health effects prevent these installations from being approved?
7. Can the Town require fiber underground as an alternative?
8. Why does the Town’s ordinance streamline the review process?
9. Does the Town’s ordinance favor one neighborhood over another?
10. Is there a limit to the number of cell facilities in Danville?
11. Are there other challenges that cities face in regulating wireless installations?
12. Has FCC’s new order been challenged?