Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite Will Allow Cell Towers in Neighborhoods With NO Community Notice or Input

The Comprehensive Review Draft of the Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite may be found here:

Definitions p. 27-2-81
Standards Specific to Principal Uses:  pp. 27-5-35 - 27-5-37

When I look at the Use Tables which identify zones where cell phone towers are permitted by right, allowed by special exception, prohibited or allowable by approval of District Council, I see that Wireless telecommunications tower, monopole are Permitted by Right in every residential and commercial zones except for planned development zones where it is allowable subject to approval by the District Council.

From what I am reading while there is a set back,  there is NO WAY for a community to stop one in their community because as long a it meets the criteria here- it is permitted.  Plus if an engineer certifies that it will fall in half (read the code below on definitions) then the set back can be decreased. (This needs to be fixed because even if  it does fall in half, things can fall off atower so the fall zone should in fact be far wider than the height of the tower) So a monopole can be placed in communities, near homes, likely within 40 feet without a public hearing or notice.

With this zoning all the company needs to do is apply and meet the requirements to put a tower near our homes. The community will get no notification and no public hearing. 

The deadline for providing comments on the zoning rewrite is December 15, 2017. 

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