Snohomish County Rules Allow Rebuilding AM towers

Snohomish County has approved new rules for shoreline development that will allow existing AM radio towers and ones with permits already issued to be rebuilt if they are damaged or destroyed.

A proposed amendment to Snohomish County’s Shoreline Master Program that would have eliminated or restricted AM radio antennas and transmitter sites in shoreline areas drew a quick response from the Society of Broadcast Engineers recently.

It was feared that overly restrictive rules for rebuilding the radio broadcast towers could have encouraged more acts of sabotage such as the September 2009 toppling of two of KRKO’s (1380 AM) towers that were recently rebuilt.

The council passed the shoreline rules with a 5-0 vote at their October 13 meeting.

Jim Dalke, CPBE AMD 8-VSB