Cell Towers/Telecommunication Facilities

The current City code section dealing with telecommunications facilities (Section10-2.1712) was adopted in 2004 and does not take into account changes in federal regulations that have occurred since that time. On April 8, 2014 the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a 45 day moratorium on new telecommunications pending development of new local regulations. The moratorium was extended on May 13, 2014 and expires on April 7, 2015.

Work on the proposed new Ordinance was on hold pending the issuance of new federal regulations . On October 17, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission adopted a draft order. The order was published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2015. Provisions relating to the “shot clock” take effect on April 9, 2015. All other provisions take effect on February 8, 2015. The “shot clock” provisions require that local agencies take action on most telecommunication facility applications within 60 days irrespective of any local moratorium.

The schedule for adopting a new local ordinance in Ojai is:

March 24, 2015: City Council Discussion Item

March 10, 2015: City Council Second Reading

February 24, 2015: City Council Hearing

February 9, 2015: Adjourned Planning Commission Meeting

February 4, 2015: Planning Commission Hearing

January 20, 2015: City Council/Planning Commission Workshop

December 9, 2014: Meeting with Industry Representatives

Notice of Cell Tower Application

1116 Maricopa Hwy Modification of Existing Telecommunications Site

11570 N Ventura Ave (informational only, outside of city limits)