Update to TBM cell tower policy shrinks advance-notice range

The Town of The Blue Mountains is updating its local policies for telecommunications facilities.

At its committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 17, The Blue Mountains council approved a number of updates to its cell tower policies and protocols.

The changes are being made to bring more clarity to the process, better define the roles of the various participants and improve efficiency.

Although telecommunications towers are the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government through Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), there are some requirements in place for proponents of new facilities to consult local governments and the public through locally developed policies.

The Blue Mountains has had policies in place for a number of years, the last time they were updated was 2011.

Carter Triana, a town planner, outlined the 11 changes/updates being made to the policy in a report presented at the meeting. Triana said the changes will bring the town’s policies in line with the Grey County Official Plan and that they would have “minimal impact on the public participation process.”

Policies changes/updates include:

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