City of Toronto is granting the Authority to cellular companies to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles.
The staff report for this City Council Decision contained an extraordinary amount of letters from organizations and residents, the large number of concerned people prompted the posting of the item.
In a simple sentence the telecommunications companies that supply services such as cellular telephone service want to install their own poles on the city streets to gain a wider footprint for their services. The companies now place there equipment and masts on private buildings and property. Now the will use the public streets.
Below are some extracts from the city documents concerning the decision. the voting record of the elected members of the GJA is pictured below 1st.
so that Section 1.1 now reads:
“The City will evaluate the location based on the following criteria with the preferred locations being:
• Arterial roads versus residential streets; based on the City’s review poles may be located on streets where the right-of-way is 36m or greater;
• Locations adjacent to industrial areas;
• Flankage streets. If no flankage street exists, locations which will minimize impacts to view corridors; avoid view terminus and intersections;
• A preferred clearance of 20 metres from structures greater than nine metres in height;
• Locations that are not directly in front of a window, doorway, balcony or the frontage of a residence;
• Any other locations will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
• The placement of more than one antenna within a one-block radius shall not be permitted, except on a case-by-case basis;
• A pedestrian clearance of 2.10 metres is required;
• The antenna pole locations and associated infrastructure must not impede on the City’s ability to plant trees in the right-of-way; and
• The antenna pole location and associated infrastructure should not impede the ability of adjacent commercial properties to establish a boulevard or flankage patio.”
5. City Council direct that the following conditions apply to the authority provided to the General Manager, Transportation Services by Parts 1 and 2 above:
a. Rogers and/or any of the Other Carriers (the “Licensees”) shall enter into a licence agreement in accordance with Parts 6 and 7 below;
b. the Licensees shall develop, in consultation with City Planning Urban Design staff and Transportation Services Public Realm staff design aesthetics for proposed pole attachments that are satisfactory to the City’s Director of Urban Design and Transportation Services Director of Public Realm;
c. proposed Pole locations must comply with the “Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines”, established by the General Manager of Transportation Services, as Appendix B to the report (October 11, 2013) from the General Manager, Transportation Services; and
d. the Licensees must pay an application fee for each location reviewed to ensure compliance with the placement criteria.
above from this document
links info at the city site to all the documents publicly available
Background Information (Committee)
(October 11, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Telecommunications – Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 1 – Major Terms and Conditions for Pole Licences
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 2 – Antenna Pole and Utility Cabinet Sketches
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 3 – Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines