Friday, August 28, 2015
I notice that the items I have talked about this week are almost all of primary interest to Monterey County listeners. Here’s an item that should be of interest on both sides of the Bay; namely, pending state legislation relating to the placement of wireless communication facilities.
As listeners may know, federal law has largely preempted the field of wireless regulation, and this federal preemption has made it quite difficult for local governments to have any say on the location of these facilities.
For instance, while the health impacts of wireless facilities are of concern to many local residents, federal legislation has pretty much made it impossible for local governments to regulate wireless facilities based on health concerns.
The visual impacts of such facilities, and other land use impacts, are still a basis for local regulation. However, there is a bill now being considered in the California State Legislature that might undermine such local regulation. Assembly Bill 57, now in the State Senate, would provide that proposed wireless facilities will be “deemed approved” if not acted upon within either 90 or 150 days. I note that Assembly Member Mark Stone voted “no” on this bill in the Assembly. Assembly Member Alejo is recorded as “not voting.”
You can get more information in today’s Land Use Report blog at kusp.org/landuse.