A drone quad copter hovering over The City. (Courtesy photo)

San Mateo County to study drone use

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors this week will hold a study session to discuss drones on the Peninsula, including how the technology could benefit services within the county.

The presentations from representatives of the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office, San Carlos Airport and San Mateo County Parks Department are expected to inform Peninsula legislators about their use and effects within San Mateo County, as well as options for how to regulate drones locally.

“The drone industry is growing exponentially and we want to be aware of the challenges and advantages drones present right here in San Mateo County,” Supervisor Don Horsley, who along with Supervisor Carole Groom requested the study session, said in a statement.

“Drone technology undoubtedly has both benefits and drawbacks. This is why it’s important we educate ourselves about where we stand legally, especially as the Federal Aviation Administration becomes more involved in policy on the national level,” he said.

The study session will include an update on state and national regulations of drones, as well as current and anticipated uses in San Mateo County. Board members will also hear about how county departments could possibly use drones to improve services and other public interests.

The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

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