San Ramon Planning Commission to review city's small wireless facility policies

Commission to discuss updating policies to match state, federal regulations

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss updating the city’s policies regulating small cell wireless facilities in order to comply with recent changes to federal and state law concerning the installation of such equipment.

The commission will review, and potentially recommend to the City Council, a variety of installation guidelines for small wireless facilities that include application requirements, pole license agreement, automatic conditions of approval, location preferences and design standards as well as the appeals process.

“Because small cell wireless technology is relatively new, the city’s existing wireless ordinance (Division D4, Chapter IV) does not explicitly address small wireless facilities. The City Council has therefore amended section D4- 42.D of the San Ramon Zoning Code to recognize small wireless facilities and regulate those facilities by adopting a City Council policy overseeing the permitting of these facilities,” city attorney Martin Lysons wrote in a staff report.

Regulations from the Federal Communications Commission do offer some financial respite for the installation of small facilities. According to Lysons, the FCC states small wireless providers are required to pay an annual license fee of $270 per site for use the city’s infrastructure

After review of the policies, the commission will make a series of recommendations for the City Council’s consideration at a future meeting.

A hot-button issue for many in San Ramon -- and many others throughout the Tri-Valley -- the installation of cell facilities in residential areas has brought concerns to residents who fear perceived health risks associated with the radio frequencies emitted from the facilities.

Regardless of whether city officials believe these fears or not, according to FCC regulations, a city can not consider potential health risks when regulating the placement of these facilities.

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to discuss the city’s wireless facility policies during its regular meeting Tuesday 7 p.m., at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road, inside of the council chambers.

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Posted by Member
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

Like many other cities across the nation, it’s time for San Ramon to challenge the FCC. Our citizens should not be a test group for the wireless carriers - increasing radio frequency to his extent could harm all of us! Ajit Pai is a federal FCC government “yes man” to the 1% and will not do what’s best for the people of this nation.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

I live in Pleasanton. We in Pleasanton, just as in Danville, deal with holes in cell coverage with different providers. This is a safety concern and could lead to loss of life if emergency services can't be contacted because of spotty coverage.

There are no negative health effects from RFI from cell towers, large or small. The extremely low individual photon energy at cellphone frequencies and low signal energy make these signals entirely harmless. Sunlight, for example, is far more dangerous.

Please don't stand in the way of these needed installations.

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Posted by Member
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2019 at 10:35 am

The roll out of 5G hasn’t been tested yet for side effects on humans. Also, Recently, the national weather service weather predictions have been disrupted due to 5G technology. Our government has not made wireless guidelines since 1996 even though there have been huge changes to the wireless industry. As a community we should demand that the federal government test this 5G technology as well as update the 1996 wireless guidelines. I don’t want my health compromised nor do I want one of these small cell towers outside my house since it will bring down my home’s value!

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Posted by BobB
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2019 at 11:52 am


Of course the government is testing this technology and of course there is lots of fear mongering and misinformation out there, just as there is for vaccinations. The technology is very safe.

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