March 26 land-use webinar to highlight cell towers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on the locations of mobile phone towers and municipalities' limited ability to regulate them.

"Attack of the Mini-Cell Tower: How to Protect your Municipality," which will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 26, will feature three experts in laws pertinent to the locating of towers.

The speakers will be Dan Cohen and Natausha Horton, both with Cohen Law Group, and Michael Stokes, assistant director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

"The seemingly insatiable demand for wireless broadband services has prompted substantial innovations in technology over the past decade, which has resulted in new wireless infrastructure to boost both coverage and capacity," said Horton. "In addition, there have been significant changes in federal and state law governing wireless facilities regulation in the last several years."

This webinar will discuss changes in the technology of wireless facilities, the most significant recent regulatory changes at the federal and state levels, and recommend specific revisions to wireless facilities ordinances to help municipalities stay consistent with the law. 

The cost of the March 26 webinar is $20 and $30 for law certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

Other webinars are offered in a separate monthly land-use series, which all start at noon and are recorded for future viewing. These include:

--Feb. 19: "Transit-Oriented and Walkable Communities," presented by Angela Murray, of the Lower Merion Township planning department, and Patrick Roberts, a planner with the city of Pittsburgh.

--March 19: "Understanding Data for Community Leaders," presented by Tim Kelsey, Penn State professor of agricultural economics, and Jeff Himes, Penn State Extension community development educator.

--April 16: "Landscapes and Greenways in Pennsylvania -- What Is the Meaning of These Terms, and What Are their Implications for Pennsylvania Communities?" presented by Brad Clemenson, Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape, Jane Sheffield, Allegheny Ridge Corporation, and Tom Buck, Northcentral Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and the North Central Greenways Program.

--May 21: "Pennsylvania Housing Research Center's Subdivision and Land Development Guidelines: A Tool for Better Design in Pennsylvania," presented by Kate Blansett, associate director, Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, and Neal Fogle, Penn State Extension community development educator.

--June 18: "Easements Made Easy -- Applying Conservation Easements on the Landscapes and Greenways of Pennsylvania's Communities," presented by Andrew Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, and Ronald Bailey, executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission.

The cost of the webinar series is $30 for all five webinars and $60 for all five webinars for those who want to receive certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

For more information, contact Jeff Himes at 570-724-9120 or by email at, or visit the website to register for the webinars.

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Last Updated March 24, 2014