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Cell Tower Proliferation and Regulation

The Los Angeles Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTF) Working Group was formed in 2010 by community leaders in Granada Hills, Sunland-Tujunga, Hollywood and Pacific Palisades. The group is concerned with residential WTF proliferation and regulation, particularly in the public right-of-way (PROW). Group members have been investigating this issue and speaking publicly about the need for regulatory reform. LA Neighbors United supports their efforts.  

In June 2011, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office issued a report on the city's regulation of PROW/WTF in light of recent court decisions, responding to a City Council directive (Council File 09-2645).

According to the Los Angeles WTF Working Group, it is now abundantly clear that Los Angeles is the odd man out in terms of PROW/WTF regulation (or lack thereof) in residential areas. Technological and legal advances have rendered the eight-year-old "AGF" ordinance (enacted in 2003 expressly to regulate power cabinets constructed in PROWs — not poles or antennas) sorely outdated and inadequate. The court decisions that were the impetus for the City Attorney’s report are now settled law. Numerous cities have revised their ordinances consistent with case law to provide for enhanced consideration of aesthetics and better protection for residential areas — without legal challenge, e.g., San Francisco, Richmond, Glendale, Pasadena and Norwalk.

The Los Angeles WTF Working Group has provided the following information on cell tower proliferation and regulation. The group urges the City Council to take action on this issue. For more information, contact Chris Spitz.

LA Times Reports: City Council Weighs Limits on Cell Towers

Pacific Palisades Letter to Council on Wireless Telecom Facilities Ordinance (September 4, 2012)

Pacific Palisades Letter to Council on Wireless Telecom Towers (April 8, 2012)

City Attorney Report on “Developments in the Law Regarding Regulation of the Placement of Cell Towers and Related Equipment”

LA Organizations Concerned About this Issue

Recent Developments — Right-of-Way Governance & Wireless Facilities Siting

Comparison of WTF Regulation by Various California Cities

Discretionary Permits — Public Right of Way

Administrative Permits — Public Right of Way

Reasons Los Angeles Should Act Now