Assembly tables Fairbanks measure on cell towers

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has postponed a vote on a measure that would limit the construction of 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 a Colorado company with a satellite dish base station in Fairbanks has complained that the measure is overly broad and could slow efforts to make cell tower modifications.

Companies that want to erect a cell tower would 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.

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