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The Poolesville Planning Commission held their first of a series of public meetings to develop regulations and design guidelines for 5G cellular installations within residential neighborhoods. Federal law is clear that local governments cannot pass zoning regulations that would have the effect of prohibiting service. Therefore, the regulations will allow providers to deploy 5G while protecting the character of both our residential neighborhoods and commercial areas by regulating how and where these antennas can be placed, and how they should be screened or camouflaged.
What is 5G? It is the latest generation of telecommunications infrastructure that promises faster mobile phone and streaming video service. 5G technology and spectrum requires antennas to be closer to devices than typical wireless services. A small cell antenna on a 20-foot tall pole serves a radius of about 750 feet, which results in several small antennas deployed in the public rights-of-way. The Planning Commission with public support and input needs to ensure that the community does not end up with unsightly poles cluttering sidewalks, roadsides and the edges of front yards.
Below is the first draft developed combining several templates and crafting to fit our specific needs. While, several edits have already been offered, they are not yet incorporated, but will be by the February 5th Work Session, Town Hall, 7:00 PM.