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City of Mississauga Adopts Interim Protocol for Telecommunication Towers

Mar 09, 2012

On Wednesday, March 7, Mississauga City Council adopted an interim protocol for Telecommunication Tower/Antenna Facilities to improve public consultation regarding modification or installation of the towers.

"Telecommunications towers are regulated by federal legislation under the Radiocommunication Act and administered by Industry Canada," said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. "Provincial legislation such as the Planning Act and zoning bylaws do not apply. The City does not have the authority to stop the construction of a tower or make the final determination on its location. Industry Canada has the final decision on whether a tower can be constructed. The interim protocol is to improve notification and consultation in the process."

Sajecki explained the interim protocol replaces the previous protocol which consists of Industry Canada's default public consultation process. Industry Canada's default public consultation process does not have a requirement for a notice sign or public open house. Also, the public notice circulation area is limited to the radius of three times tower and does not specify the delivery method. The interim protocol improves public notification and consultation and provides a clear and concise outline of the City's role in the consultation process. The report listing the protocol will be circulated to Mississauga wireless service providers, local Members of Parliament and community groups.

The City of Mississauga Telecommunication Tower/Antenna Facilities Protocol includes:

• location and design guidelines for towers
• preliminary consultation
• telecommunication tower request form
• increased notification area for circulation
• delivery method of notice
• public notification requirements such as signage, newspaper, public open houses, where applicable
• concluding consultation where applicable

The City of Mississauga will also request the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to work with municipalities across the province and wireless service providers to request that Hydro One reconsider its moratorium on the location of telecommunication antennae on existing hydro infrastructure and change its practice. The City will also request that Industry Canada require applicants to consult with the land use authority and the public for new telecommunication towers with a height of less than 15 metres (49.2 feet.)

Council requested staff to report back to Planning and Development Committee by December 31, 2012.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.


Planning & Building Contact:
Timothy Lee
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3502

Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
City of Mississauga
Team Leader Media/External Communications
905-615-3200 ext. 5046
TTY: 905-896-5151

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