the north face nuptse Control over cell towers
The Hampton City Council approved a resolution Wednesday opposing the proposed legislation, which seems to eliminate the city’s power to decide where cell towers can be built, to hold public hearings, inform adjoining property owners, or any other prerequisites the city may have.The bill, introduced in the House of Delegates by Dels. Terry Kilgore, R Gate City, and Kaye Kory, D Falls Church, would exempt new cell towers less than 50 feet tall from needing zoning exceptions or special use permits.Terry O’Neill, the city’s director of community development, said this is another attempt by the industry to curtail the permitting process. Verizon Wireless wants to build a new cellphone tower on Hampton school division property at Andrews Boulevard near Woodland Road, the company told the Hampton School Board Wednesday.O’Neill said the city receives about four to six applications a year from wireless cell companies to build towers.According to the City Council’s resolution, the Virginia Municipal League also opposes the measure.Neighboring localities agree with Hampton.York County Attorney Jim Barnette said zoning rules for localities shouldn’t be set in the General Assembly. He didn’t recall any recent applications for cell towers, adding coverage hasn’t been an issue in York.