• City Council Notes November 16th

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    November 17, 2020
    Mike Ray, Planning Manager, presented Public Hearing: Annexation, Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation, and Zoning Designation for an Approximately 156 Acre Area Proposed to be Annexed into the City of Moscow and Located Directly West of Highway 95 and South of the Current City Limits Boundary.  The applicant, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), is requesting the annexation, Comprehensive Plan land use designation amendment, and rezoning of an approximately 154-acre Moscow property located directly west of Highway 95 and south of the current City Limits boundary. The applicant is proposing to change the Comprehensive Plan land use designation from a combination of Auto-Urban Commercial, High-Density Residential, Auto-Urban Residential, and Rural and Agricultural to the Auto-Urban Commercial designation. The applicant is proposing to rezone the subject property from the Agriculture Forestry (AF) Zone to the Motor Business (MB) Zone. As a result of the proposed annexation request, there appeared to be three remnant parcels that would become County "islands" which would be completely surrounded by the City of Moscow. In accordance with the City's annexation policy, the owners of the three remnant parcels were contacted and Staff has expanded the annexation request to include the island parcels with the same proposed Comp Plan and zoning designations as the SEL proposal. The City of Moscow Planning and Zoning Commission conducted a public hearing for the proposed Comprehensive Plan land use designation and rezone on October 14, 2020 and recommended approval with no conditions. City Council conducted the public hearing and the applicant presented upon the annexation, Comprehensive Plan land use, and zoning designation.  After discussion, City Council approved the Annexation Ordinance and approved the proposed Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation Resolution and adopted the Planning and Zoning Commission Reasoned Statement of Relevant Criteria.  Finally, City Council approved the proposed Zoning Ordinance adopted the Planning and Zoning Commission Reasoned Statement of Relevant Criteria.
     
    Mike Ray, Planning Manager, presented Ordinance Amending Title 4, Chapter 3 of Moscow City Code Regarding Amendments to the Telecommunications Code to Establish Standards for Small Wireless Facilities.  Telecommunications service providers are currently in the process of deploying new cellular wireless technology, referred to as 5G/small cell, throughout the developed world. 5G/small cell high speed deployment will bring much higher data speeds and traffic through the use of higher frequency radio waves, which have a shorter range than the frequencies used by previous cell phone towers. Since small wireless facilities have a shorter range, they require a greater number of facilities which are typically located in the public right-of-way. Telecommunications services are largely governed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Telecommunications Act, but local governments are allowed to adopt certain regulations at the local level. With the likelihood of 5G/small cell deployment in Moscow at some point in the future, Staff has worked with the Planning and Zoning Commission to draft an ordinance that addresses 5G/small cell installations in the telecommunications code. The proposed ordinance would define small wireless facilities, re-organize certain sections, make minor grammatical changes, and insert small wireless facility standards. On September 9, 2020, the Planning and Zoning Commission conducted a public hearing upon the proposed ordinance and recommended approval to City Council with a minor modification. This item was reviewed by the Public Works/Finance Committee on October 12, 2020 and considered on first reading by the Council on October 19, 2020 and second reading on November 2, 2020.  After discussion, City Council approved the proposed Ordinance under suspension of the rules requiring a third complete reading and that it be read by title and published by summary. 
     
    Bill Belknap, Deputy City Supervisor and staff Liaison for the Transportation Commission presented Transportation Commission Proposed Amendment to Chapter 11, Title 3 of Moscow City Code.  Recently, the Transportation Commission has conducted a review of the Chapter 11 of Title 3 of Moscow City Code which addresses the membership and charge of the Transportation Commission. The Commission is recommending amendments to the organization, ex-officio membership, and staff liaison to the Transportation Commission. City Council approved the recommended amendments.