The Huntington Town Board, at its May 16 meeting, approved the first
comprehensive revisions to the cell phone section of the Town Code since it was
enacted in 1998.
The changes, which are effective June 1, establish new procedures and
criteria for the Town's Zoning Board of Appeals in considering applications for
special use permits allowing construction of cell phone towers in the Town.
"So much has happened since the Town first enacted its regulations for
cell phone towers, both technologically and in the proliferation of these towers
to meet increasing demand, that the Town needed to revisit our Code to ensure
that we are protecting the health and safety of our residents," Supervisor Frank
P. Petrone said. "We believe the new Code achieves those
Said Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, sponsor of the measure, "The changes
take note of scientific findings since this part of the Town Code was enacted 13
years go and address community concerns."
The new Code:
scrutiny of applications for special use permits to ensure compliance with
federal standards. To determine that the a tower is necessary at a specific
location, applicants are also required to reimburse the Town for the cost of
independent qualified consultants to review the application and studies
submitted in support.
the oversight on aesthetic issues by requiring planning board review of
landscaping and site plans before a building permit application is filed for
cell towers or antennas. The legislation empowers the ZBA to require that
aesthetically pleasing structures be built to house the antennas and to limit
the height of new facilities for aesthetic reasons.
tiered preferences for locating new facilities, with ones on existing structures
in commercial/ industrial zones having the greatest preference and ones within
500 feet of a school carrying the least preference.
pre-application conferences and provides for continuing inspections to determine
compliance with the provisions of a special use permit.
applications for new facilities on Town-owned, leased or controlled property to
undergo a review by the Town Board, which would hold a public hearing and apply
the same standards used by the Zoning Board of Appeals in granting special use
permits for facilities on private property.
action, the Town Board:
-- appointed and reappointed members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board
of Appeals and Huntington Housong Authority to fill vacancies. The Planning
Board appointments are: Paul Mandelik, David Pennetta, David Walsdorf, Kathleen
A. Casey, Marilyn G. Healy and Leslie Cernava. The ZBA appointments are:
Christopher Modelewski, Robert Slingo, Carol Gaughran, Jeffrey Naness and Edward
Perez. The Housing Authority appointees are Robert Fonti, John Perri, Barry
Lites and Barry Turk.