Small Cell Teamwork: City Leaders Work With Residents On Buildout Rules

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UPDATE Baton Rouge, LA, a city that’s trying to accommodate 5G small cells, is making progress on reworking the ordinance governing the infrastructure buildout, according to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

In June, an AT&T buildout was suspended by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome due to complaints around aesthetics, property rights and the health and safety of residents. Due to this decision, city leaders and a 5G task force got to work on a rewrite of the current rules. 

Gary Patureau of the Tara Civic Association said officials and attorneys discussed creating a “neighborhood preferred location plan,” which would allow homeowner associations to identify preferred areas for tower placement. Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel says the city-parish is open to the idea, but he cautions the ordinance must work for all neighborhoods, noted the Business Report.

To cover expenses and attorney fees, over $14,000 was raised via a website with donations by local homeowner associations. According to Patureau, “The goal is on August 14 to bring the amended ordinance to the Metro Council.”

July 18, 2019

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