Friday, October 28, 2005
Selectmen consider cell tower bylaw
The Wireless Bylaw Committee (WBC) met with the Carlisle Board of Selectmen on October 25 to hear suggestions for their work revising the town's cell tower bylaw. Rich Boule, the Planning Board representative on the WBC, expects expenses will near $10,000 before their work is completed. This includes $7,500 to hire the Broadcast Signal Lab to review previous coverage analysis, annotate the current bylaw and offer possible options, and assist with developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for selected town sites. The most visible change will be to reduce the 900-foot setback that thwarts almost all cell tower applications.
Selectman Tony Allison urged Boule to do whatever is necessary to stop the town from continually being sued. "Don't just reduce the setback to 850 feet, because we'll just have to go back and change it again," he said. The Planning Board will consider a special overlay district with a separate set of rules. "We may even leave the bylaw alone and just create an overlay district for the town center," said Boule. "This would allow a cell tower at the school or church, but still restrict locations in surrounding neighborhoods." The Planning Board has already budgeted funds to rewrite the cell tower bylaw and the Selectmen voted 5-0 to support funding of the bylaw revision.
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