Like many local governments, the Duluth City Council recently amended their Unified Development Code to protect the city from the unrestrained deployment of 4G and 5G “small cell” wireless facilities.
The need to rush is the result of a Federal Communications Commission ruling that becomes effective Jan. 14. Local governments without specific regulations adopted and published in advance of Jan. 14 may be subject to the FCC guidelines. Duluth’s UDC modifications incorporate specific regulations pertaining to the location, design and fees associated Small Cell Wireless Facility deployment. By taking these steps, Duluth can have a say in the location, appearance (aesthetics, visibility, environmental, and safety standards), fees and permitting process related to wireless towers.