Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2016 #280
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM

That the Public Safety Committee hold a public hearing to hear about the various uses of drones in Cambridge and any concerns residents may have about them, with the goal of recommending guidelines for a municipal ordinance that would protect the public safety and the privacy of residents.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Councillor Jan Devereux, Councillor Craig A. Kelley
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Residents have expressed concerns about the increasing use of drones (unmanned aircraft), which may be used for public/municipal, commercial, scientific, and recreational/hobbyist purposes; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Drone technology is evolving and applications are rapidly proliferating, yet the current regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft has been described as “murky” by the City Solicitor in a memo to the City Manager dated February 24, 2016; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The current regulatory ambiguities notwithstanding, it appears that the City may be able to develop and enact an ordinance to govern the operation of drones that would provide greater clarity to all drone users and to residents; now therefore be it  

 

 

ORDERED:

That the Public Safety Committee be and hereby is requested to hold a public hearing to hear about the various uses of drones in Cambridge and any concerns residents may have about them, with the goal of recommending guidelines for a municipal ordinance that would protect the public safety and the privacy of residents.

 

Meeting History

Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED