March 16, 2018
The Johns Creek City Council unanimously approved a Resolution in opposition to Senate Bill 426, titled the “Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development Act”.
The proposed legislation, if passed, will allow the installation of utility poles and small wireless facilities within City owned right-of-way as a matter of right, diminishing or eliminating an important element of local control.
The legislation does not strike an appropriate balance between the need for deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure and the need for local governments to effectively manage the aesthetics of its own right-of-way. Additionally, if Senate Bill 426 is approved, it will allow utility poles in the right-of-way to be as high as 50 feet from grade (which is 10 feet taller than any existing utility pole in Johns Creek) and will provide no limit to the number of poles allowed in the City except to space them 500 feet apart from one another. Reasonable efforts by the City to use local control to preserve the look and feel of the right of way is critical to maintaining property values.
To view the City Council resolution, please click here
The City Council encourages residents to contact their state legislators regarding this issue.