Second hearing scheduled on streamlining Whatcom's cell tower rules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 10, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - The public has more time to comment on rule changes that would make it easier for wireless service providers to install new equipment on cell towers in Whatcom County.

The county Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on the changes, which would allow the installation of new antennas or the replacement of other equipment without a special permit. The changes are intended to keep up with the times; current rules, written in 2000, don't anticipate the rapid changes in wireless technology that call for frequent upgrades to cell towers.

Most upgrades still would require a building permit.

The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive.

At the first hearing on May 22, most of the comments described in a June 2 memo to planning commissioners came from representatives of AT&T Wireless Services. Details of the previous hearing and the proposed rule changes are at whatcomcounty.us/pds/pc/agendas.jsp.

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