The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a county ordinance Thursday that is a response to a state law regulating wireless technology such as antennas.
Under the rules, any new, modified or replaced pole on a right of way zoned residential cannot be more than 50 feet tall. In areas that are not zoned residential, poles must be 50 feet or shorter, or within 10 feet in height of the highest pole within a 500-foot radius, whichever is higher.
The ordinance is a response to Senate Bill 66, a state law that encourages companies to put small cell technology on existing poles. The technology will help deploy broadband access to rural areas and allow for more areas to get 5G technology.
Both the state law and the county ordinance will go into effect Oct. 1.
Douglas Aiken of Murrayville said Thursday said he did not want to see too many poles going up in the county.
“If you don’t do something, we’re going to get covered up,” Aiken said.
Vilma Janusyte Sneed, a consultant with Verizon Wireless, said the company prefers to co-locate the technology, or put it on existing poles.
“We only do new poles when there’s nothing in the right of way to attach to, so by no means are we looking to proliferate your right of way with any additional poles,” Sneed said.