Common Council to create antenna towers ordinance

Enterprise Staff

Dec. 13, 2018

OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council will hold a public hearing for the creation of an ordinance relating to where cell towers and antennas can be located in the city at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave.

The new ordinance would match current state statutes and allow cell towers to be placed in all zoning districts.

Currently, antennas are only permitted in three out of a possible six non-residential zones. According to city documents, new state laws prohibit the requirement of environmental testing and prohibit the request that the tower be placed on public property.

“Municipalities may no longer deny applications based on aesthetic concerns or height,” city documents state.

The purpose of the new legislation was to speed up the deployment of towers and antennas that are needed to keep up with rapid growth of cellular phone service and wireless broadband, city documents state.

“The new law requires local governments to act on a wireless tower permit application within 90 days or the application is deemed complete,” city documents state.

The hearing will be followed by the council taking up the first reading of the ordinance.

After the previous meeting’s closed session discussion, the council will be taking up a resolution of necessity for the land at 1335 S. SIlver Lake Street, which is Paganica Golf Course.

The final agenda will come out on Friday and as always can be accessed on the city’s website, oconomowoc-wi.gov under the agenda and minutes center.