City weighs design guidelines for cell phone antennas 

Supervisor John Avalos introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish new design criteria for cell phone antennas. The guidelines were developed by a working group and the Planning and Public Works departments. 

“We’ve heard from people across the city concerns about proliferation of unsightly, ungainly cell phone antennas,” Avalos said. “We want to create new standards for the city.”

The legislation creates new regulations based on the size of the antenna facilities, “ranging from relatively small facilities with minimum visual impact that would have a streamlined permitting process to larger facilities that will require public noticing and allow for a hearing process,” Avalos said.

He also said the legislation “would expand current protected areas to include residential and neighborhood commercial districts where we are experiencing the greatest impacts on visual blight and reduced quality of life.”

Avalos said many of the regulations are based on other locations, such as in New York City. He said that industry insiders and others will discuss the proposal in working groups prior to the legislation being heard before a Board of Supervisors committee.

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