The County Council yesterday approved a zoning text amendment intended to facilitate deployment of small-cell antennas to provide 5G wireless technology. Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-07, Telecommunications Towers – Limited Use, would allow antennas on utility and light poles that would offer 5G’s faster speeds, enhanced reliability and greater capacity for wireless users.
The county’s Department of Permitting Services will launch a pilot program designed to expedite the process of getting permits for residential solar installation. The program will pilot the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+), developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The Little Loft in Takoma Park will reopen and rebrand as The Loft Collective in its original location with a grand reopening planned for Aug. 29. The Loft, founded in 2012 by Lia Salza, is a children’s art studio and community space with classes and aftercare programs for children ages 2-12 from Takoma Park and Piney Branch elementary schools.