Public Hearing on 5G

Mill Creek Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing April 18 Regarding Wireless Communication Facilities
Posted on 04/03/2019
An image of imaginary cell lines arching over a cityThe Mill Creek Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 18 at 7 p.m.to consider proposed amendments to the Mill Creek Municipal Code to address wireless communication facilities and to comply with the Federal Communications Commission regulations. The hearing takes place in the City Hall Council Chambers, 15728 Main St.

The amendments remove wireless communication facilities from MCMC Chapter 17.28 (Conditional Use) and establish a new Chapter 17.29 (Wireless Communication Facilities) regulating both macro and small cell wireless facilities. The proposed Chapter 17.29 establishes the application process, review criteria, timeframes for review, and design and concealment standards, as well as an appeals process. The proposed regulations will apply citywide.

Small cell technology, also known as 5G, is the next major cellular service upgrade, which will ultimately result in much faster data transmission to wireless communication/data devices (e.g., cell phones, tablets, and computers). Small cell facilities are different than the macro cell facilities that are currently deployed throughout the City on high poles/towers or buildings, mostly in commercial areas. Small cell facilities are typically between 25 and 35 feet in height, and typically have a range limited to 300 to 1000 feet. With a limited range, a lot more of the antenna locations are needed. To provide service in residential areas, the antennas will be deployed in those residential areas.

For more information about 5G, visit www.cityofmillcreek.com/5G.