Township Planner, Michele Fountain, Explains 5G Ordinance
In this audio snippet from the April 19, 2022, Newtown Township Planning Commission (PC) meeting, Township Planner, Michele Fountain, reviews the proposed 5G Wireless Facilities Ordinance amendment developed by the Newtown Area Jointure (Newtown, Wrightstown, and Upper Makefield).
Specifically, Ms. Fountain focuses on measures to ensure wireless infrastructure – i.e., Small Wireless Communications Facility such as a "small wireless facilities" pole – doesn’t become what Wrightstown Supervisor Chairman Chester Pogonowski has described as an “eyesore.” For more on that, read "Wrightstown, Upper Makefield and Newtown Townships Seek an Ordinance to Prevent Eyesore 5G Wireless Communication Poles".
Intent of the Ordinance
The amended ordinance, which must be approved by all three Jointure member townships, is intended to address the following issues with regard to "small wireless facilities":
- Provide for the managed development of Wireless Communications Facility (WCF) in a manner that enhances the benefits of wireless communication and accommodates the needs of both Township residents and wireless carriers in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations;
- Accommodate the need for WCF while regulating their location and number so as to ensure the provision of necessary services;
- Establish procedures for the design, siting, construction, installation, maintenance and removal of non-tower WCF, small WCF, and tower-based WCF in the Township, including facilities both inside and outside the public rights-of-way;
- Address new wireless technologies, including but not limited to, distributed antenna systems, data collection units, WCF, cable Wi-Fi and other WCF;
- Minimize the adverse visual effects and the number of such facilities through proper design, siting, screening, material, color and finish and by requiring that competing providers of wireless communications services collocate their WCF on existing infrastructure; and
- Promote the health, safety and welfare of the Township's residents.
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