F G B R C A  

Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations

5G 

Small Wireless Facilities

 

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STATUS UPDATE  (March 23)


After the passage of the Small Wireless Facilities (5G) ordinance in late 2020, there still remains a number of activities to operationalize the permitting process for the City Parish. Currently,  staff in the Department of Development-Permitting Office and the Information Technology-GIS Mapping group are working on several items required to apply for, process and communicate the status of permits for Small Wireless Facilities.   Additionally,  the ability for Homeowner associations to submit preferred locations in their respective subdivisions is also being addressed. 

Specific activities include:

  • Developing a permitting module (unique to the 5G applications) which will allow the service providers to submit a batch or group of applications and have the system generate a unique permit number for each tower.   Previously,  the batch (25) applications would have only one permit number,  making it difficult to track and identify the specific tower.
  • A new web page is being developed (in the Permitting Dept) to include all things Small Wireless Facilities, eg; links to the ordinance,  to the new design manual,  to the GIS maps for preferred locations,  contacts for HOAs and an email function to allow the public to submit comments.
  • Revisions to a GIS map for the Small Wireless Facilities are being considered to display the status of the permitting process for each tower,  along with the subdivision preferred locations developed by the HOAs.
  • Documenting a process/methodology for HOAs to submit the preferred locations maps to the Permitting Dept

 

As it stands right now,  the notional timeline for completing these activities is sometime in late May. 

What should HOAs be doing in the interim? 

HOA boards should be working on developing the preferred locations in their respective subdivisions.  A document to explain a potential method to accomplish this is available in the Federation’s website,  under the 5G Small Wireless Facilities webpage Click here to edit text