The Council held a public forum on small cell antennas on Oct. 26, 2016 at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg. If you missed the meeting or want to learn more about issues associated with small cell antennas, please review the information provided on this page.
ZTA 16-05, Telecommunications Towers - Limited Use, would allow poles, within the Zoning Ordinance’s definition of Telecommunications Towers, no higher than 30 feet in various zones as a limited use. The demand for wireless services has increased the need for wireless coverage in residential areas. The telecommunications industry can meet this need with small antennas on short poles; however, this new equipment cannot be supported on existing street lights. Also some neighborhoods have underground utilities. The current Zoning Ordinance requires a conditional use approval for every new pole, no matter how short the pole.
In Montgomery County, the Telecommunications Facility Coordinating Group (Tower Committee) is composed of representatives from relevant land owning and land use agencies to review all new telecommunications facilities and antenna siting applications. The Committee meets frequently with industry representatives to review all applications and makes recommendations based on legal requirements and technical and co-location considerations. The meetings are open to the public.