Planning board approves requiring special permits for antennas

Don’t like the look of that new cell phone antenna on your block? The Planning Commission thinks you have a right to make your voice heard.

The Planning Commission on Thursday gave their stamp of approval on proposed legislation that would require phone companies to acquire special permits before installing some antennas on public properties. It would also ban new utility poles used solely for the devices.

Some commissioners voiced concerns that the legislation doesn’t go far enough in addressing safety and aesthetic concerns, but in the end, they approved it.

The legislation, written by Supervisor John Avalos, must still be approved by the board.

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