We all are increasingly dependent on cell phones, particularly smart phones, for our work and social lives. As our demand for cell coverage continues to rise, mobile carriers will need to build more cell towers to provide adequate service. The location of cell towers is often contentious and, currently, municipalities are very limited in the role they can play in determining appropriate locations. This issue was on my radar prior to election and is one that I have pursued along a variety of avenues.
In September, I brought forward a Notice of Motion to Council directing Administration to study and evaluate processes that would enable the City to identify appropriate locations for potential cell towers in the early planning stages of new development. This will provide greater confidence for homebuyers when they purchase in a new community because they will be able to find out prior to purchasing where potential cell towers would be located in the future.
Administration is to report back to the Special Policy Committee on Planning & Urban Development no later than Spring 2013.
Back to October 2012 report
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