Phone tower pol­icy re­vised

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

THE City of Wan­neroo has re­vised its telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture pol­icy, re­plac­ing the 2013 ver­sion with one that re­quires smaller con­sul­ta­tion ar­eas.

The draft pol­icy at­tracted sub­mis­sions dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion late last year from Vi­sionStream, Tel­stra and Plan­ning So­lu­tions on be­half of the Mo­bile Car­ri­ers Fo­rum.

The Tel­stra sub­mis­sion said the pol­icy was “overly pre­scrip­tive” and should “en­cour­age in­no­va­tion” in in­fra­struc­ture design and lo­ca­tion.

“Ob­jec­tive one should also specif­i­cally ref­er­ence com­pre­hen­sive and re­li­able cov­er­age, par­tic­u­larly in bush­fire-prone ar­eas or other lo­ca­tions where com­mu­ni­ca­tions for emer­gency re­sponse are es­sen­tial,” it said.

As a re­sult of sub­mis­sions and site in­spec­tions of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture in Wan­neroo and Darch, the ad­min­is­tra­tion ad­justed the con­sul­ta­tion ra­dius for dif­fer­ent types of struc­tures.

“Ad­min­is­tra­tion con­sid­ered that a 500m con­sul­ta­tion ra­dius was ap­pro­pri­ate for lat­tice tow­ers,” the Au­gust coun­cil re­port said.

“Lat­tice tow­ers im­pose a greater vis­ual im­pact com­pared to other forms of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture in terms of their bulk and scale.

“How­ever, ad­min­is­tra­tion also con­sid­ered, fol­low­ing those in­spec­tions, that the con­sul­ta­tion ra­dius of 500m was ex­ces­sive for other telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture pro­pos­als, such as mono­poles, based on their lesser vis­ual im­pact.”

The coun­cil en­dorsed the change to re­quire a 500m ra­dius for lat­tice tow­ers and 200m for other types of in­fra­struc­ture.

It also agreed to re­move a 75m off­set pro­vi­sion in res­i­den­tial, mixed-use, spe­cial ru­ral, ru­ral com­mu­nity, land­scape en­hance­ment and spe­cial res­i­den­tial zones, and re­place it with a re­quire­ment to con­sult.

The City added a pro­vi­sion to con­sider telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture in the prepa­ra­tion of struc­ture plans.

The Tel­stra sub­mis­sion said in the provider’s ex­pe­ri­ence, land de­vel­op­ers had not read­ily con­sid­ered wire­less and mo­bile phone com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem re­quire­ments.

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