PLANT CITY The city is pondering wide-ranging changes in regulations on new cell towers and antennas.
The city is considering the changes because communication technology has evolved and tall towers aren’t always necessary. Some towers are disguised as flag poles and so called stealth antennas can be incorporated into a building’s architecture, said Mark Hudson, executive planner at Hillsborough’s City County Planning Commission.
Among other regulations, traditional cell towers will only be permitted in industrial areas, and property leased from the city. Those towers would also be banned from the downtown core, midtown, commercial zoning and the Airport Industrial Park.
Stealth antennas, however, would be allowed in industrial and commercial areas, including historic downtown, Hudson said. Stealth antennas in the historic district would need the approval of the Historic Resources Board, he said.
The city’s current laws are “woefully out of date,” Hudson said.
City commissioners will hold public hearings on the proposed changes during their 7:30 p.m. meetings on July 28 and Aug. 11 at City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds St.