Montgomery County Council Puts Small Cell Zoning Vote on Hold

Small Cell Tower

The Montgomery County Council held off on taking a final vote on a zoning text amendment that would allow the attachment of small cells to existing utility poles in residential areas.

WTOP reports:

Zoning Text Amendment 18-11 — also known as the ZTA — has been the subject of intense lobbying on both sides, with the telecommunications industry weighing in and members of the public pushing back.

But during Tuesday’s council session, members all agreed that, one way or another, the new 5G wireless-network technology is coming.

The county council has until Oct. 31 to pass the bill as they are prohibited by state law from adopting zoning changes that would take effect under the new council.

For more information:

Montgomery Co. Council delays vote on neighborhood cell towers (WTOP)

Montgomery County Council Debates Next Steps for Small Cells (Conduit Street)