Wireless Communication Facilities

Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance Updates:

On April 15, 2019, City Council considered a first reading of updates to the Wireless Communications Facilities ordinance (Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 18.42.110). On May 13, 2019, City Council heard a second reading of the updates to the ordinance. The updates are now in effect and can be found online here.

City Council can update the ordinance. Staff anticipates an update to be scheduled for City Council consideration and discussion, consistent with Council’s April 15, 2019 motion.

Any proposed amendments to PAMC Section 18.42.110 must receive the Planning & Transportation Commission (PTC)’s review and recommendation prior to Council adoption. The PTC discussed the proposed draft amendments on February 12, 2020. The February 12, 2020 PTC agenda, staff report, and meeting video can be found on the Planning and Transportation Commission webpage. After analyzing PTC and other feedback, staff will return to the PTC in the near term.   

City Council agendas and associated City Manager Reports are published on the Council Agendas/Minutes webpage. Videos of City Council meetings can be accessed at the Midpen Media Center website.

Objective Aesthetic Wireless Administrative Standards Adoption and Updates:

Cities are required to adopt reasonable and objective aesthetic administrative standards for small wireless facilities under the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s September 2018 Order. 

On April 15, 2019, the City Council discussed and adopted Resolution No. 9825 to create these objective aesthetic wireless administrative standards. Resolution No. 9825 can be found here.

On June 3, 2019, City Council rescheduled updates to these administrative standards for the June 17, 2019 agenda. The updates were discussed and City Council adopted Resolution No. 9847 on June 17, 2019. Resolution No. 9847 can be found here.

On August 12, 2019, City Council updated these administrative standards by adopting Resolution No. 9855 via action on the consent calendar. Resolution No. 9855 can be found here.

On December 16, 2019, City Council discussed and updated these administrative standards by adopting Resolution No. 9873. This is consistent with Council's April 15, 2019 motion to return within one year. The associated City Manager Report can be found hereThe December 16, 2019 Council agenda can be found here. The December 16, 2019 Action Minutes can be found here. Resolution No. 9873 can be found here. This is the current version of the City's Objective Aesthetic Wireless Administrative Standards (Objective Standards). 

The Council can update the administrative standards in the future by adopting a Resolution. 

City Council agendas and associated City Manager Reports are published on the Council Agendas/Minutes webpage. Videos of City Council meetings can be accessed at the Midpen Media Center website.

Additional Information:

An archived version of the previous Wireless Communications Facilities webpage news updates is available here.

Information on Intergovernmental Affairs, including City of Palo Alto letters pertaining to state and federal Wireless Communications Facilities policies, can be found here.

Information on Pending Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) Permit applications can be found here.

Information on application forms and application checklists utilized in the submittal of Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) Permit applications can be found here

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