Planners wait for word from council on 5G

The City of Warren Planning Commission seems comfortable with its prior action on the 5G small cell deployment issue.

The planners previously recommended a draft ordinance to the council.

Director of Codes and Planning Randy Rossey said “council will continue to look it over.”

If that body makes any changes, he said, the ordinance would come back to the planners for review.

Mayor Dave Wortman told the Times Observer that the planners, staff and the council “are working diligently to balance the technological need to support 5G infrastructure development with the needs of the City and property owners.

“We are approaching this in a deliberate manner and we will be able to bring this to a successful conclusion that will benefit all involved,” he added.

Rossey also told the planners that a draft of the comprehensive plan is expected at the September meeting and that the consulting firm has moved into the planned re-draft of the city’s zoning ordinance.

That first step is a survey that he said is being circulated among city staff, the council as well as the planners. It asks for feedback on several issues, such as whether there are areas in the city “suited for a different type of development” and current regulations “that are unreasonable or that place a hardship (or) burden on property owners and/or potential developers.”

Feedback is being sought on whether the existing ordinance is easy to understand for the typical resident.


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