Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta) got his wish. As the author of the Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act, he had vowed to continue working for the bill’s passage after it failed to come up for a vote last year. The bill, which is designed to expedite the deployment of wireless infrastructure, has passed overwhelmingly in both houses and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
The Georgia Municipal Association originally opposed the measure, saying that it restricted local zoning authority, which kept it from coming up for a vote in the last session. A compromise concerning local municipalities’ authority helped the measure pass.
The final legislation’s language reads, “Applications for collocation or modification of a wireless facility … shall be reviewed for conformance with applicable site plan and building-permit requirements, including zoning and land-use conformity, but shall not otherwise be subject to the issuance of additional zoning, land use, or special use permit approvals.”
The bill makes it possible for previously approved wireless support structures to be modified or accept collocations without additional zoning review beyond what is required for the issuance of building or electrical permits if the modifications do not increase the height or width of the tower, increase the dimensions of the equipment compound or exceed weight limits of the structure.