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Grass Valley council extends urgency ordinance regulating wireless facilities

Grass Valley’s city council on Tuesday OK’d the extension of an urgency ordinance regulating “small cell” wireless facilities.

According to City Planner Lance Lowe, the urgency ordinance was drafted because the Federal Communications Commission had set strict new timelines for reviewing and acting on wireless small cell applications. Lowe said the federal agency’s new rules are intended to eliminate regulatory impediments and limit local authority in several ways.

Grass Valley has an existing ordinance regulating wireless telecommunications facilities, but the city wanted to ensure that applies to “small wireless facilities” as defined by federal and state law.

The ordinance was initially adopted April 9 and was set to expire after 45 days. But according to Lowe’s staff report, city staff working to amend city codes realized they needed more time to study the effects of the recent changes to federal law, regulations and decisions. The council approved a request to extend the urgency ordinance for a period of 10 months and 15 days.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.


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