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The Telecommunications Act of 1996 affirmed the town's authority concerning the placement, construction and modification of wireless telecommunications facilities. The town finds that wireless telecommunications facilities may pose significant concerns to the health, safety, public welfare, character and environment of the town and its inhabitants. The town also recognizes that facilitating the development of wireless service technology can be an economic development asset to the town and of significant benefit to the town and its residents. In order to ensure that the placement, construction or modification of wireless telecommunications facilities is consistent with the town's land use policies, the town is adopting a single, comprehensive, wireless telecommunications facilities application and permit process. The intent of this chapter is to minimize the negative impact of wireless telecommunications facilities, establish a fair and efficient process for review and approval of applications, assure an integrated, comprehensive review of environmental impacts of such facilities, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the town.
(Ord. 2018-002, passed 4-2-18; Am. Ord. passed 3-15-21)