Scottsbluff drafting tower ordinance

The Scottsbluff City Council recently asked the Planning Commission to look at the current code for placement of communication towers within the city limits. The Planning Commission spent time discussing the current code and had engineer Henry Jacobsen speak about the changes in Wi-Fi communication facilities.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the Planning Commission's recommendation to have an ordinance drafted was endorsed by the Council Monday evening. He says the main thing is that as technology changes, and demands are placed on these facilities, we will probably see more and not less of these towers. And the Planning Commission recommended to the Council that a stand-alone ordinance that can address the various intricacies of where to locate them, how high they can be, where they should be placed, etc.

Kuckkahn said staff will write up an ordinance, run it through the Planning Commission and then bring it back to the Council for approval. The ordinance will only deal with new tower construction, and will not effect towers already in place.

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