Fairbanks measure on cell tower permits faces vote

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Residents protective of the view from their homes are supportive of a measure before the Fairbanks Assembly on Wednesday that will require permits to build cell towers in heavily-populated neighborhoods that aren't zoned as residential properties.

Permits are required for Fairbanks' residential neighborhoods. The measure would extend that requirement to other zoning types, like commercial or general use.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that companies that want to erect a cell tower would have to wait 30 days and submit a $250 fee.

Large agricultural and industrial zones would be exempt, and communications companies are pushing for rural subdivisions to also be exempt.

Those supportive of private property rights oppose the measure and say too much government interference will discourage economic development.

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