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Danville council to discuss new rules for wireless communication facilities

New amendment aims to protect town skyline from cell towers

The Danville Town Council is set to debate balancing the town's need for wireless communications towers, with protecting its natural skyline Tuesday night.

The council will consider approving a new zoning text amendment repealing an existing section of the municipal code related to the wireless communication facilities ordinance.

The proposed amendment would establish regulations on the placement and design of wireless communication transmission facilities in the town. It would also put Danville into closer step with state legislation regulating the development of small cellphone towers.

Proposed regulations include limiting the height of a facility in town limits to no taller than four to six feet above an existing support structure. For facilities inside the downtown business district area, height would be the same as above or a maximum of 35 feet high, whichever is less.

Essentially, the amendment would provide a balance between the needs of the wireless industry to install and develop new facilities, while still “preserving and protecting the visual character of the community,” according to town staff. The Danville Planning Commission has recommended that the Town Council approve the amendment.

The proposed ordinance is set to be discussed by the council at its regular meeting Tuesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

In other business

* After a presentation by Patty Hoyt, alcohol policy coordinator at the Discovery Counseling Center of the San Ramon Valley, the Town Council will proclaim April as Alcohol Awareness Month.

* The council will hear a presentation of the Contra Costa Senior Policy Platform 2020, by Jim Donnelly and Fran Smith.

* Town staff will recommend the Council install a “No Parking Any Time” sign covering a 90-foot segment along the west side of Messian Place, near the Autumn Creek Learning Center, and a combination “No Parking Anytime” sign and a red curb covering an 80-foot segment along the East Side of Messian Place.

* The Town Council Finance Committee will hold its regular meeting 7:20 the same evening at the Town Meeting Hall. Topics will include the authorization of expenditures for the town offices improvement project. The project is expected to cost no more than $43,930.

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on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:09 am

Regarding Cell Towers in Danville - Be aware that humans are already over-exposed to microwave radiation and electrical pollution (that which is emitted from Wi-Fi, cell phones, cell phone towers, cordless phones, and wireless “smart” meters).

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