New law makes companies pay for cell tower hearings

(WTNH) — A new law has passed stating that residents who do not want to have a cell tower near them will not have to pay to hold a public information meeting on the subject, the company or people wanting to put the tower up must pay for the meeting. The law passed by the Connecticut Siting Council earlier this week expands on a 2012 law on approving cell towers.

Sen. Tony Hwang, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that the law is a step forward in greater transparency with cell tower decisions and a step forward for residents to be involved in this process.

“I am thankful this law provides a funding mechanism that helps achieve that for our neighborhoods without placing a financial burden on our already tight municipal budgets,” he said in a press release.

According to a press release from Sen. Hwang’s office, of the last 146 proposed cell towers, 113 were approved, 12 were denied, and 21 were withdrawn.

In addition, efforts made by both residents and cell phone companies have led to thwart two different cell tower proposals. The first, in Fairfield, was ultimately withdrawn, while a decision on the second one in the Green’s Farm section of Westport has not been made.

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