Local and Regional Wireless Telecommunication Facility Moratoriums

Announcements & News

June 9, 2017 | The Buffalo News
“Tonawanda’s moratorium on cellphone towers continues”

June 6, 2017 | The Buffalo News
“140-day moratorium means no new cell towers in Amherst

View the Moratorium Law Document Here: 6-5-2017 Amherst Moratorium Law

May 13, 2017 | The Buffalo News
“Amherst considering moratorium on cell towers”

May 10, 2017 | The Amherst Bee
“Town seeks to impose cell tower moratorium”

May 9, 2017 |
“Town of Amherst Unanimously Approves A Wireless Communication Moratorium Resolution”

May 5, 2017 |
“Town of Amherst Proposes Wireless Communication Moratorium”

April 24, 2017 | Moratorium Resolution Formally Proposed to the Amherst Town Board
Formal Letter to the Amherst Town Board
Accompanying Attachments: Proposed Wireless Moratorium Resolution (Draft), Town of Tonawanda Moratorium Law (Draft), Buffalo News Article: “‘Street furniture’ cell towers prompt questions for Verizon”

April 1, 2017 | Our Petition is live!SCDT Moratorium Master Plan Petition
Moratorium Today, Master Plan for the Future!
Sign to Support Sensible Wireless Infrastructure in Amherst, NY!
Link to online petition ➣
Please sign and share this petition if you agree that Amherst should enact a moratorium on communications towers, monopoles, and antennas, as well as pursue a smarter approach to cell network development by commissioning a Town-wide master plan for wireless telecommunication facilities! (Petition Started: April 1st, 2017)

March 29, 2017 | The Ken-Ton Bee
“Town Board adopts moratorium on cell towers”

March 28, 2017 | The Buffalo News
“Tonawanda puts a moratorium on cell towers”

March 27, 2017 | Town of Tonawanda Town Board Meeting
Link to the agenda of this meeting:

On March 27, 2017, I attended the Town of Tonawanda’s Town Board meeting to publicly voice my support for this moratorium.

My Public Statement:

“I am a resident of Amherst and am here today to commend and support The Town of Tonawanda’s forward-thinking and timely proposal of this moratorium.

Municipalities across the country and right here in Western New York are struggling to sensibly moderate and manage the proliferation of wireless telecommunications facilities within their boundaries. Limited by outdated codes and lack of resources, towns are left at a disadvantage. They are also hesitant to deny unnecessary new cell towers and antennas due to fear of legal reprisal from wireless companies. In Amherst, there are three pending lawsuits involving Verizon alone.

Furthermore, the lack of a comprehensive, regional wireless telecommunications plan means that wireless companies can use a “divide and conquer” approach, going from town to town and preventing thoughtful cell tower and micro cell placement for the region as a whole. Verizon, Blue Wireless, and their competitors are counting on all of the surrounding towns to not talk to each other, to not share their experiences, or collectively scrutinize their strategic and hasty mass deployment of new wireless infrastructure to support the looming industry-wide upgrade to fifth generation or 5G. An untested and completely devoid-of-industry-standards, technology.

Amherst’s Zoning Board of Appeals just this March received 12 Verizon applications for new micro cells. Verizon proposes for these 12 new antennas to be installed on the tops of National Grid Utility poles in town right of ways—many adjacent to or in front of residential homes and schools. I am sure that many towns are seeing the same thing.

If we want to have smart and sustainable development of wireless infrastructure where the needs of residents are given priority over the business plans of corporations, proposed actions like this moratorium are crucial. Thank you for taking the lead on this issue for all of Western New York.” – Alissa Shields, March 27, 2017  

Link to the recorded audio of this meeting:

March 15, 2017 | The Ken-Ton Bee

Town of Tonawanda Proposes a Moratorium on Communications Towers, Monopoles, and Antennas

NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held by the Town Board of the Town of Tonawanda, N.Y., in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, Kenmore, N.Y., on the 27th day of March, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. local time, to consider the following proposed Local Law and to hear all persons interested in the subject matter thereof, either for or against the same, which proposed Local Law

1. LOCAL LAW (INTRO): 1-2017 A LOCAL LAW ENTITLED “THE TOWN OF TONAWANDA MORATORIUM ON COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS, MONOPOLES AND ANTENNAS” PROPOSE: To stop the construction or erection of communications towers, monopoles and antennas for a reasonable time to allow a study to be completed and the Town Board to consider the recommendations of the Town Planning Board to amend our local law.

The original is on file in the office of the Town Clerk, Room #14, Municipal Building, Kenmore, N.Y., where it may be examined during business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD, TOWN OF TONAWANDA, ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. Marguerite Greco, Town Clerk Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. Dated: March 14th, 2017 Mar. 15

This legal notice was posted in the March 15, 2017, Ken-Ton Bee Newspaper (Search for “moratorium”.):

Why this matters: The 12 new Verizon micro cell sites proposed in March of 2017 for Amherst are almost certainly just the beginning of an aggressive plan on Verizon’s part to install micro cells all over the Town. If your property is near any utility poles, street lamps, or is simply adjacent to a Town right of way, wireless companies can apply to install a micro cell there. Unfortunately our own Town code is grossly out of date and insufficient to handle this new trend (and companies like Verizon know this).

If you think that Amherst should consider its own moratorium on communications towers, monopoles, and antennas, please consider contacting our Town Board and have your voice heard! If you would like to see Amherst take a smarter approach to cell network development, also encourage them to commission the development of a Town master plan for wireless telecommunication facilities.

Contact Information for Amherst Town Board Members:

Supervisor Weinstein – (716) 631-7032
Contact for all other Board Members (716) 631-7013
Steve Sanders –
Ramona Popowich –
Deborah Bucki –
Francina Spoth –