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.