Zoning; wireless communications infrastructure, application process. (SB255)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning; wireless communications infrastructure; application process. Provides that in its consideration of certain communications infrastructure applications, a locality shall not disapprove an application if (i) the proposed new structure provides additional wireless coverage or capacity for first responders or (ii) the proposed tower is not within a four-mile radius of an existing tower that is part of the applicant's network. Additional changes in the bill provide that a locality shall not be prohibited from disapproving certain applications for any zoning approval required for non-administrative review-eligible projects on the basis of the fact that the proposed height of any wireless support structure, wireless facility, or wireless support structure with attached wireless facilities exceeds 200 feet above ground level. Current law sets the limit at 50 feet above ground level. Read the Bill »


01/24/2022: passed committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103784D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/24/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2022Reported from Local Government with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2022Committee substitute printed 22105096D-S1
01/25/2022Passed by for the day
01/26/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
01/27/2022Recommitted to Local Government
01/31/2022Continued to 2023 in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Bob Custard writes:

This is a classic case of Big Brother in Richmond deciding what is best for local communities. We cherish our beautiful skyline and should have some local say about what tall towers alter it. Please defeat this bill.