John Herron is a resident of East Hill and has studied 5G. John was kind enough to offer an overview.
Pensacola residents are rightfully concerned about 5G because the increase of cell poles, antennas and cell towers impacts the aesthetics of our neighborhoods and depreciates home values. This is a primary investment for many residents. Also, there are legitimate health concerns raised by respected scientists and researchers, and our federal agencies are captured by industry. Local governments are the last bastions of protection for public health, safety and welfare, and preemption of local government in this area is too restrictive.
Some cities are taking back home rule powers and exercising powers available to have a say about 5G cell poles and antennas in residential neighborhoods. Last week, Coconut Creek adopted a resolution calling on Congress to fund a study to further investigate the effect of RF radiation from 5G through multiple federal agencies. Included with the resolution is a letter to the Federal Communications Commission about Coconut Creek’s duty to educate the public and ensure the FCC’s safety standards are complied with. This week, Lakeland rejected a proposed wireless cell tower proposed for a residential neighborhood. Lakeland commissioner reject controverial Dixieland cell tower, by Maya Lora, The Ledger, Nov 17, 2020, at https://www.theledger.com/story/news/local/2020/11/17/lakeland-commissioners-reject-controversial-dixieland-cell-tower/6282147002/.
This is about aesthetics – and a request for ideas about aesthetic guidelines. Here are a few ideas to consider about aesthetics, and we invite your input:
- collocation or not – and full disclosure as to how cumbersome ‘compound collocation’ can become,
- wood pole or metal pole – or decorative metal pole,
- whether to site poles on property lines to minimize aesthetic impact to a single home,
- whether to afford homeowner a ‘slide’ opportunity to minimize aesthetic impact,
- exposed antennas or concealed antennas with smooth transitions,
- painted antenna shrouds to minimize aesthetic impacts and routine maintenance,
- color choice for metal poles (generally, black, brown or green),
- internally mounted wires to conceal unappealing aesthetics and for safety in high winds,
Other policy considerations to consider talking about with your neighbors and elected officials:
- should City specify detailed permit requirements?
- should City publish 5G permit application policies and procedures?
- should City express legislative intent and resident interests in ordinance?
- should City identify the specific Department making permit decisions in ordinance?
- should City provide factual guidance for permit decision makers?
- should City include a discussion about FCC Compliance Reports?
- should City address testing for FCC limits to the extent federal and state laws allow?
- should City close the application loophole for ‘substantial changes’ created by FCC Docket 19-250?
- should City address undergounding, and more?
Thank you for your input and ideas.
Below is a YouTube link to a conversation with Andrew Campanelli (50 minutes) - very informative:
Five G Coming to your front yard 25 minutes by Studio 850