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Amherst, Tonawanda moving forward on changes to cell tower regulations

A moratorium on cell towers in Amherst may be extended by 90 days while town officials consult with other communities that have updated their regulations.

The Town Board called for a public hearing Nov. 20 to consider extending the moratorium through Feb. 1. The town's Wireless Communication Advisory Committee has been meeting this year in an effort to develop a comprehensive strategy on where cell towers may be installed in the public right-of-way.

Meanwhile, the Town of Tonawanda has proposed changes to its zoning codes on cell towers, which are expected to be considered Dec. 18.

One of the goals of Tonawanda's proposal is to "protect residential areas and land uses from potential adverse impacts of towers and antennas."

Amherst officials on Monday said they would study the proposed Tonawanda law as part of their own analysis.

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