Council adopts amended bill on communications towers

December 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Harford County Council adopted an amended bill last week on public safety communications towers that rebuffed an attempt by the county administration to exempt the towers completely from county zoning code.

The amendments define public safety uses very specifically and move the approval process for new towers, or extensions of existing ones, to the County Council.

The amendments require a public hearing before the council, with ample notice to residents, sets limitations on signage and equipment building sizes and also requires balloon tests or other impact simulations be undertaken to allow residents to see where and how high a tower will be.

The changes, introduced by council President Robert S. Wagner and Councilman Robert G. Cassilly, were approved unanimously. The revised bill allows for more expeditious review of public safety towers and still allows for "meaningful public input," Cassilly said.

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