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Scott Steepleton, Editor
9:10 am PST March 1, 2021

Eighteen years since the last update, the rules regarding wireless facilities in Malibu are the focus of a Planning Commission meeting streaming tonight at 6:30.

Significant changes at the state and federal level, as well as legal decisions over those changes, have hit the wireless industry since 2003, and city officials are updating the Municipal Code to meet those changes, including how much control is afforded local authorities.

Local authority over these facilities has been hamstrung in a number of ways, including:

  • Prohibiting de facto moratoria against wireless facilities;
  • Facility approval when the local body fails to timely act on an application;
  • Expanded rules preempting local authority to regulate placement of antennas and other over the air reception devices;
  • Temporary preemption of local authority over backup generators on macro cell sites.

To address the changes, according to an agenda report, the city is considering proposals that provide “a more robust review” and are designed to meet the so-called “shot clock” requirements.

Application requirements would be presented in a way that allows for administrative amendment.
The city would also strive for transparency and to provide comments from residents and property owners.

The meeting will be streamed at malibucity.org/video and malibucity.org/virtualmeeting.