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Wireless Communications Master Plan and Ordinance

                        Wireless Telecommunications Master Plan & Ordinance

 

NEWS!!!

  • 9/29/14: Assembly approves Ordinance + Master Plan (Effective Oct. 29)

  • 5/27/14: Planning Commission recommends Assembly approve Master Plan & Ordinance

  • 2/24/14: Assembly approves a Moratorium on all future towers/ antennas (Expires 5/19/14)

    • Delays new permits for future cell phone towers

    • Does not apply to new towers needed for public safety and health nor collocations

Wireless Telecommunication Ordinance

There was a surge in building new cell phone towers since the late-2000s. The CBJ ordinance at that time was inadaquate for addressing many land use issues, public concerns, and new Federal regulations associated with this type of development. The CBJ partnered with CityScape Consultants Inc. to create a new Master Plan and set of regulations to better educate and inform the public and policymakers on how to effectively permit cell phone towers/ antenna arrays.

 

         Auke Bay Tower                      Montana Creek Tower

                     150' Tower in Auke Bay                                                                100' Tower along Montana Creek Rd

Wireless Telecommunication Master Plan

  • Download Master Plan (6/23/14) (64 MB) [Adopted copy coming soon]

A Wireless Telecommunication Master Plan was supported by the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, the Community, and policyholders to provide the CBJ with a comprehensive understanding of current and proposed cell coverages. CityScape Consultants Inc. was chosen to create the Master Plan because of their expertise in the industry, business model fit for local governments, and ability to review future tower/ antenna applications. This Plan provides 1) Policies that meets the goals of teh community, 2) Wireless telecommunication history, 3) Service area maps, and 4) Inventory of existing towers. This Plan will be peridocally updated with future development. Feel free to contact the CBJ Permit Center about the updating process.

 

Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance

  • Download Ordinance (6/26/14) [Adopted copy coming soon]

The Wireless Telecommunication Ordinance titled "Personal Wireless Service Facility Development Standards" establishes clear development regulations and permitting processes, and requires technical data to be submitted for review by local policymakers and CBJ permitting staff.

 

Adoption Schedule Timeline & Public Meetings for the Master Plan & Ordinance

The table below shows dates, times, and locations of meetings open to the general public. Some meetings are specifically neighborhood meetings, while others are Planning Commission/ Assembly meetings. [Items below are shown from newest to oldest.]

 

Date & Time Location Presentations

Monday

September 29, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Regular Assembly Meeting

Assembly vote on adopting new ordinance + Master Plan

Click to view: Ordinance + Master Plan

Assembly approves Ordinance + Master Plan (Eff. Oct. 29)

Monday

September 22, 2014

6 PM

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Committee of the Whole (Assembly + Commission)

Discuss Draft Ordinance

To read packet, click on Assembly agenda link.

Here is the Draft WCF Ordinance. New language is underlined.

Major change from meeting: Balloon Testing was eliminated.

Draft Ordinance scheduled to a future regular Assembly Meeting.

 

Monday

July 28, 2014

6 PM

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Committee of the Whole (Assembly + Commission)

Discuss Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance

To read packet, click on Assembly agenda link.

Here is the Draft WCF Ordinance

Monday,

June 30, 2014

7 pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Regular Assembly Meeting

Assembly vote on Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance

Click to view: Ordinance and Master Plan

 

Action: Continued to 7/28/14 COW for further discussion on several issues.

Monday,

June 16, 2014

6 pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Committee of the Whole (Assembly + Commission)

Discuss Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance

Click to view Packet

Monday,

June 9, 2014

7 pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

    

Regular Assembly Meeting:

Schedule Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance for 6/30/14 Assembly meeting

Click to read: Ordinance, Master Plan, and PC Recommendation to Assembly

Tuesday

May 27, 2014

7pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

 

Regular Planning Commission Meeting

Provide recommendation to Assembly on Draft Wireless Telecommunication Master Plan & Ordinance

Attachments for this meeting are provided below under the 5/27/14 5pm COW meeting. Click to read: Draft MInutes, and Recommendation to Assembly

Tuesday

May 27, 2014

5 pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission: Committee of the Whole

Discuss draft Master Plan + draft Ordinance.

Click to read: CDD Memo, New draft Ordinance, New draft Master Plan,   and Draft Minutes.

Monday,
May 19, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Assembly: CANCELLED for this topic only

Vote on Master Plan + Ordinance

Thursday

May 8th, 2014

6pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission: [Special Meeting]

Provide recommendation to Assembly on Draft Wireless Telecommunication Master Plan & Ordinance

Click to read: CDD Memo, Draft Ordinance, Draft Master Plan, CityScape: Scope of Municipal Authority, FCC Interpreting Regulations, Draft Meeting Minutes

Monday,
May 5, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Assembly:

Continued Discussion on Master Plan + Ordinance

 

Monday,
April 28, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Assembly Meeting: CANCELLED

Introduce Master Plan + Ordinance

Tuesday,  
April 15, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission: [Special Meeting]

Provide recommendation to Assembly on Draft Wireless Telecommunication Master Plan & Ordinance Read Meeting Minutes

Tuesday,  
April 15, 2014

5-7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission Committee of the Whole:

Discuss draft Master Plan + draft Ordinance, Discuss public comments. Read Meeting Minutes

 

 

Tuesday,
April 8, 2014

5-7 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission Committee of the Whole:

Discuss draft Master Plan + draft Ordinance, Discuss public comments.

   Click to read Agenda, Staff Memo with Survey Results, Staff Memo Addressing Major Issues, Survey Results Data, Presentations, List of Identified WCF Issues, and Potential Tower Locations and Public Notice Costs.

Thursday,
March 27, 2014

6 - 8:30 pm

 

 

Auke Bay: UAS
Glacier View Rm # 221

 

Public meeting:

Discuss Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance

This meeting is open to the general public; questions will be taken.

[No action will be taken]

 

Tuesday,
March 25, 2014

5-7 pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission Committee of the Whole:

Discuss draft Master Plan + draft Ordinance [Discuss public comments]

Thursday,
March 20, 2014

6 - 8:30 pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

Public Meeting:

Discuss Draft Master Plan + Draft Ordinance

This meeting is open to the general public; questions will be taken.

[No action will be taken]

    Click to read Agenda, Presentation, Survey, Inventory, and Public Submittals.

Tuesday,
March 11, 2014

6pm

 

 

Assembly Chambers

 

Planning Commission: Committee of the Whole

Further discussion of the Master Plan (No Action Taken)

Open to public but no public testimony provided

Click to read Staff's Memo (No Powerpoint provided), Minutes

Monday,
March 10, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

Assembly Committee of the Whole Meeting:

Present Adoption Timeline

Introduction of Master Plan to Assembly (No Action taken)

Open to public but no testimony provided

Click to read Staff's Memo (No Powerpoint provided)

Tuesday,
February 25, 2014

7pm

 

Assembly Chambers

Regular Planning Commission meeting:

Present adoption timeline schedule

Introduction of Master Plan to Planning Commission under Director's Report (No Action taken)

Open to public but no testimony provided

Click to read Staff's Memo and Presentation

 

Here's a map of existing Cell towers : Tower Map [ 2-14-2014]

 

Learn about CityScape Consultants Inc.: CityScape's website

 

Interesting websites about Wireless Telecommunication:

 

Here are two CBJ Law Department documents summarizing a few FCC rules that affect decisions on approving wireless communcation installations:

 

Thank you to all citizens, interested parties, CBJ Depts., and policymakers in creating and adopting this new ordinance.  I would like to give a special thank you to the following residents that attended and participated at many public meetings and took time out of their day to make this ordinance fit for Juneau and its residents: Margo Waring, Douglas Mertz, Frank Rue, and Gene & Sue Ann Randall.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Eric Feldt, Planner II, C.F.M.

Community Development Dept.

City & Borough of Juneau

155 South Seward Street

Juneau, Alaska 99801

Ph: (907) 586-0764

Fax: (907) 586.3365

Email: Eric_Feldt@ci.juneau.ak.us

 


 



 
 
 
 
 
 
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