At the May 25 Calabasas City Council meeting, two newly elected city council members joined with the rest of the council in strongly supporting residents’ calls for a new wireless facility siting ordinance, after recommendations from the city’s Communications and Technology Commission and Planning Commission study sessions were compiled for consideration.
Council members were critical of the way wireless permit applications and residents’ concerns had been handled to date. The council agendized consideration of a moratorium (to be heard probably June 8), and authorized drafting of a new ordinance as well as an RFP to select an independent, third-party expert on these matters, to review the ordinance with residents’ concerns foremost.
The city council meeting can be watched via this video archive link – http://calabasas.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2
Item 5 discussion starts around 7:30 pm.
Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman appeared at the request of Calabasas residents to relate that the ordinance Glendale enacted to regulate cell sites is working well. Many Calabasas residents spoke, calling for stricter rules and citizen oversight, and the city council methodically went through a list of recommendations developed by its commissions and staff. The hearing took about 3 hours.