Burbank’s proposed wireless ordinance, released by the Planning and Transportation Division, is out for comment and will be reviewed in public hearings later in June and July. One shortcoming of the proposed rules is that “new building mounted WTFs (wireless telecommunications facilities) would be permitted, with a CUP, on institutional properties located in single family zones…”
This means public school grounds could be sites for cell towers. Across the country, parents and families have protested leasing of school property for cell towers. Why would Burbank want to allow or encourage this? Glendale’s new ordinance prohibits sites in residential areas unless needed to fill a significant gap. Most Glendale schools are located within residential zones, and there is no exemption for “institutional properties.”
The LA Public Works Committee reviewed the long-anticipated Los Angeles City Attorney’s report on cell tower siting rules yesterday. Several leaders of LA neighborhood councils and homeowner associations spoke, some asking for a moratorium on sites in residential zones while new rules are drafted.