Zoning; communications infrastructure. (HB1597)

Introduced By

Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning for wireless communications infrastructure. Establishes limits on the extent to which localities may require zoning approvals for certain wireless support structures. Certain new wireless support structures inside a right-of-way that are 50 feet or less above ground level, designed to support small cell equipment, not in a historic district, and not more than 10 feet tallest existing utility pole within 500 feet in the same right of way, are exempted from requirements that they obtain a special exception, special use permit, or variance. Aspects of the zoning approval process addressed in this measure include periods for approval or disapproval of applications; a requirement that applications are deemed approved if not approved or disapproved within the applicable period; application fees; a prohibition against unreasonable discrimination; and limits on the number of new wireless support structures. The measure also prohibits localities from adopting a moratorium on considering zoning applications submitted by wireless service providers and wireless infrastructure providers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105611D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/24/2018Impact statement from DHCD (HB1597)
02/01/2018Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (12-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)