Montgomery County Maryland

The Montgomery County Council will be holding a Public Hearing on Bill ZTA 19-07 on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30pm at the Montgomery County Council Building

The Montgomery County Council will be holding a Public Hearing on Bill ZTA 19-07 on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30pm at the Montgomery County Council Building.  If this Bill passes, it will allow the deployment of Small Cell Millimeter Microwave radiating antennas in "some" residential areas every 2-3 or so homes only 30 feet away from our houses.

Rick Meyer, President of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers provides this commentary:

  • Residents defeated three previous attempts since 2016 to pass zoning legislation on behalf of Big Wireless to make it faster, simpler and cheaper to install wireless transmitters in close proximity to residences. (ZTA 19-07 is the fourth attempt since 2016 and the third sponsored by Councilmember Reimer.)
  • Unfortunately, residents were not able to defeat ZTA 18-02 last year which removed protections for apartment and condo dwellers in Commercial zones)
  • Reimer’s 19-07 is no better than what had been defeated previously.
  • And, 19-07 does nothing to fix procedural inequities and lack of opportunities for input by residents. Which is why the residents of Montgomery County have been pleading with the Council for 3 years for comprehensive Legislation that truly protects their neighborhoods from intrusive and ugly wireless contraptions.
  • ZTA 19-07 does NOT protect residents. It is another retread in a series of bad bills written by and for the exclusive benefit of Big wireless.

Here is what you can do now.

Gabe Albornoz 240-777-7959
Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
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Andrew Friedson 240-777-7828
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Evan Glass 240-777-7966
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Tom Hucker 240-777-7960
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Will Jawando 240-777-7811
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Sidney Katz 240-777-7906
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Nancy Navarro 240-777-7968
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Craig Rice 240-777-7955
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Hans Riemer 240-777-7964
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Montgomery County

Fall 2018

Tell County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council if you want them to keep small-cell tower radiation away from all of our homes, schools, and other sensitive sites, regardless of what zone we live in, and if you support strengthening – not weakening – requirements for the wireless industry to follow. ( marc.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov   |   county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov )

Check out our blog posts on cell tower application research and a video of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich responding to  5G Cell Tower questions at his Takoma Park listening tour Dec. 1, 2019.

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