Hidden Cell Tower Allowed in Hawaii

Lawlor, James
May 2005
Planning;May2005, Vol. 71 Issue 5, p52
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the court ruling made by the Hawaii Supreme Court in T-Mobile USA Inc. versus County of Hawaii Planning Commission. It notes that an antenna enclosed in a chimney attached to a farmhouse was a communications equipment building permitted by right in an agricultural district. The court said that its holding was consistent with the reason and spirit of state land-use law. There was nothing in the record to indicate that the concealed antenna would undermine the state land-use law's objective of preserving natural resources and fostering appropriate land use, the court declared.


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