Township leaders in Wrightstown, Upper Makefield and Newtown townships are making progress on an initiative to update local zoning related to wireless communication poles and the like.
The municipalities, which handle zoning issues collectively through the Newtown Area Joint Municipal Zoning Council (Jointure), have been working on amendments to the existing wireless communication section of the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance.
Part of the updates include measures to ensure wireless infrastructure doesn’t become what Wrightstown Supervisor Chairman Chester Pogonowski has described as an “eyesore.” The updates also aim to align the zoning with current federal and state requirements and rules.
The Wrightstown Board of Supervisors discussed the issue at its March 7 meeting and ultimately decided to recommend to the Jointure that the amendments be adopted. Wrightstown’s Planning Commission previously reviewed the ordinance and also recommended adoption.
Still, Upper Makefield and Newtown Township leaders need to sign off too, Pogonowski noted.
“If all three townships agree on the current version, there would be one more review needed by the Bucks County Planning Commission, after which time the ordinance could be advertised for formal adoption by supervisors in all three townships,” said Pogonowski, noting the process could take several months.