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Residents Encouraged to Comment on Proposed Ordinance for Small Cell Wireless Facilities
Public can comment on proposed ordinance until Nov. 7
The Calcasieu Parish Planning and Zoning Board heard a presentation at its Sept. 17 meeting about a proposed Calcasieu Parish Police Jury ordinance on small cell wireless facilities in public rights-of-way.
Small cell wireless facilities are a type of wireless technology for 5G broadband infrastructure. They generally cover smaller geographic areas - about 100 feet - and the antennas are much smaller and may be attached to existing buildings and light poles. The purpose of the ordinance is to establish policies and procedures for the use and placement of small wireless facilities within the parish. These small cell wireless facilities will improve cell phone coverage. They will not replace existing cell towers but will be an addition to supplement and enhance coverage.
Here's an anticipated timeline for final adoption of the ordinance by the Police Jury:
- Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Introduced the proposed ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Board
- Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Public hearing; Planning and Zoning Board final action and recommendation to the Police Jury
- Thursday, Oct. 24 – Introduction of proposed ordinance to the Police Jury
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – Police Jury takes final action.
To see a draft of the proposed ordinance, click HERE.
Residents can provide written comments between now and Nov. 7. To submit written comments, click HERE.
If changes are made at the Planning and Zoning Board hearing, they will be incorporated into the draft ordinance and provided to the Police Jury. If desired, residents can comment at the Nov. 7 meeting.