[TowerTalk] One voice can make a difference!
Pete Smith N4ZR
n4zr at contesting.com
Wed Dec 9 12:29:27 EST 2015
I had a virtually identical experience with our local board. They wound
up putting me in touch with their consultant, and together we drafted a
quite satisfactory tower section for their new proposed ordinance.
Roger's point is right on - had I not spoken up, who knows?
Shortly thereafter, the entire new zoning ordinance in which it was
incorporated was voted down by the citizenry. As a result, we still
have a1986 ordinance with *no* amateur tower restrictions; in fact, they
are considered "Public Utilities" and are not restricted by zoning at
all! Such is life in West Virginia - sic semper montani!
73, Pete N4ZR
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On 12/9/2015 3:15 AM, Roger (K8RI) on TT wrote:
> A while back I found that our township was rewriting their zoning. I
> found that they planned on addressing towers as a group and that they
> were addressing tower heights along the approach paths to the local
> airport (KIKW) which has at present "I believe" 5 or 6 instrument
> I called the head of the zoning board and mentioned that the FAA
> already had addressed the approach and structure heights. There was
> also the approach to towers, grouping amateur with commercial towers.
> That ours is a volunteer service that during emergencies works with
> the EOC.
> The next day, the person in charge of that part of the rewrite called
> me. We had a nice talk for a good half hour or so. In the end amateur
> installations were removed from the zoning regulations entirely as
> were the references to the airport.
> My point is that I was the only person who called with information
> pertaining to amateur radio. Had I (one person) not called, there
> would have been some heavy restrictions on ham towers.
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