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Councils - Mobile Phone Tower Master Plans

In recent years, many councils have experienced significant wireless telecommunication infrastructure growth. Estimates are that there will be 1000-2000 new mobile sites constructed year after year in the immediate future. Such growth requires additional elevated wireless antennas and base station ground equipment. Many councils face the difficulty of developing a wireless telecommunications plan or guidelines or Local Environmental Plans (LEP) to regulate new antenna-support structure construction, to the extent possible under the Telecommunications Act 1997.

In conjunction with the development process, it makes sense for councils to develop a Mobile Tower Master Plan (the “Master Plan”) to analyse current demand for wireless telecommunications services within the local government area (LGA), and to establish guidelines for growth as it impacts the LGA and its residents. The purpose and intent of the Mobile Tower Master Plan is similar to the goals and objectives of other long-range plans, such as roadway improvements and the extension of water and sewer lines. The Mobile Tower Master Plan combines the land-use planning strategies with the industry-accepted radio frequency (RF) engineering standards to create an illustrative planning tool that complement zoning regulations. The Master Plan offers strategies to reduce mobile tower infrastructure by improving efforts to morph wireless deployments from various service providers, thereby minimising tower proliferation by increasing shared sites.

The Master Plan includes the following:

An inventory of existing antenna-supporting structures including mobile towers and buildings upon which wireless antennas are currently mounted.

Analysis of reasonably anticipated wireless facility growth over the next ten years.

Engineering analysis of potential coverage based on Council-regulated height restrictions and other locations and design criteria.

Recommendations for managing the development of wireless structures for the next ten years.

A mobile tower master plan can be completed on a reasonable basis, especially if tied to technical reviews of mobile tower development applications. Guidelines can be established to maximize the revenue from council mobile tower leases by emphasising public property for new tower locations.

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