CA Land Use & Development Law Report: U.S. Supreme Court Tells Cities to Explain a Cell Tower Denial in Timely Fashion

  • by BPC Staff
  • on January 26, 2015

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U.S. Supreme Court Tells Cities to Explain a Cell Tower Denial in Timely Fashion, Even if in a Separate Document

The tension between demand for high-quality, ubiquitous cell phone service and opposition to cell towers in residential neighborhoods has resulted in significant disputes between wireless carriers and municipalities over siting of such towers. Typically, the fight begins and ends at a city council. Recently, however, one such dispute resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision, T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia, No. 13-975, Jan. 14, 2015, which delved into procedural issues associated with denial of proposed cell towers and provided guidance to municipalities as to how and when such denials must be explained.


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