Read this recently in the local Paper, & was impressed: The Town of Paramus, NJ is thinking of enacting a Cell Site regulation ordinance. Before now there were no "set rules" they were handled on a Case-by-case basis. Before I go into their new proposal, some backround: Paramus is a suburban town about 12 miles NW of NYC. There are loads of cell sites already within the borders (Verizon alone has 6 or 7!), with more always seeming to be planned (Sprint, VZW & NEXTEL are planning additionals as we speak),. Land area is 1 of the largest towns in Bergen County NJ, & multiple Major roadways pass thru town, including the Garden State Parkway, & State Routes 4 & 17. There are multiple large Indoor shopping malls in town (Garden State Plaza, Bergen Mall, Paramus Park Mall, Fashon Center), along with numerous strip malls, Big box stores like Home Depot, Ikea & circuit city ect. Away from the highways are homes that sell for up to $2.5mil, with the average about 500-700K, County parks, patches of forest, wild deer ect.... Their current town cell sites run the mix from massive metal lattice towers, monopoles, "fake tree", to hidden & exposed rooftop panels. These new rules really make sense, IT's About Time, & I hope more towns are sensible enough when considering an ordnace to act this way: The proposal says; 1 - Cell sites can only be erected on Commercial, GVMT or Municipal property or buildings. 2 - New Large metal "Eiffel Tower" type towers would no longer allowed to be built, only monopoles & rooftop panels. 3 - A tower must be set back from the property line at a distance at least equal to it's height 4 - The cell company shall make the site "asthetically pleasing, poles must be made to look like a flgpole, monument, tree or art; Rofftop panels should be painted to match building, and/or disguised behind false fascades or located in the center of the roof out of sight from ground level. While not perfect, this is the best cell tower ordinance I have ever heard of. #1 above - Not a concern at all for the cell companies here, but wording that pleases the NIMBYs. There aren't any current or planned cell sites on private non commercial property, the cell companies aren't about to negotiate with your neighbor in this area for his suburban front lawn. #2 above - Large "Eiffel Towers", according to my contact at VZW, are way more expensive to build than monopoles & rootop sites, & are rarely used in these areas anymore anyway, & this isn't a concern, but again the wording pleases NIMBYS. #3 above - a fair rule. Could be a possible cell company concern in a "particular" circumstance, but overall a fair rule that can be lived with. #4 above - Again, I believe a fair comprmise. Putting the panels close against the monopole, covering them with a thin housing & adding 2 eylets & a flag realkly doesn't cost much of anything, & is worth making people happy. Likewise, the lightweight plastic or foam "false fascades" that mimic/extend the brick or roofcap of a building are low cost, maintence free & add perhaps 15-30 min of 1 time labor fee to install. If a company complies with the terms of the ordinance, they can't be denied their permit. This law may have already been passed, I'm not sure. I believe more towns should look closely at Paramus, NJ's proposal ... What do you think??