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County Telecommunications Ordinance Amendment

County Telecommunications Ordinance Amendment

    Commercial telecommunications facilities in Santa Barbara County are regulated by the LUDC Section 35.44.010, MLUDC Section 35.444.010 and Article II Section 35-144F, which are collectively referred to as the “Commercial Telecommunications Ordinance.”  The County’s Commercial Telecommunications Ordinance, first adopted in 1995, was spurred by the mass development of cellular facilities in the 1990’s and the passing of the Federal Telecommunications Act in 1996.  The Commercial Telecommunications Ordinance has been revised several times since its adoption, as the County has adapted to the growing industry, changing Federal Regulations and advances in technology.

    Amendment Objectives

      At the January 19, 2010 Board of Supervisors hearing, the County Board of Supervisors directed Planning & Development to revisit the County’s regulation of telecommunications facilities and revise the Commercial Telecommunications Ordinance.  The Board directed staff to address three specific objectives: 1) requiring public hearings for Tier 1 facilities, 2) increasing public noticing, and 3) establishing requirements for coverage and alternative siting information.  In addition to the Board’s specific requests, staff is also proposing changes that would bring the County’s Commercial Telecommunications Ordinance into compliance with recent Federal and State requirements and changes in the telecommunications industry (i.e. the FCC’s November 18, 2009 Declaratory Ruling).

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