Small Cell and Telecommunications Experience
Doug has been involved in the Central Florida planning community since 1989 and has been an American Institute
of Certified Planners [AICP] member since 1999. Doug is currently the Appearance Review Official for the City of
Orlando. He reviews the appearance of anything that affects the public realm from sign permits to high‐rise
buildings including small cell installations.
Doug has been involved with the small cell roll‐out in Orlando since 2014. In 2016 Doug helped draft the Orlando
small cell codes. Then, in 2017 Doug’s testimony before Florida senate and house sub‐committees helped lead to
modifications of the proposed Florida legislation that gave local authorities some control over the location and
aesthetics of small cell nodes in their jurisdictions.
This spring Doug was named a “Home Rule Hero” for “being a champion in the defense and protection of
municipal Home Rule” by the Florida League of Cities for his technical assistance and contributions with the 2019
State of Florida small cell legislation amendments. Recently, Doug has also collaborated with the Orlando Utilities
Commission [OUC] to develop a common set of city/OUC small cell design and installation guidelines.
From site walks to permits, code compliance and design, Doug is coordinating daily with the wireless providers
and their A&E firms to permit and help deploy wireless infrastructure in Orlando, including fiber, small cell and
Doug’s wife manages a small cell studio for a Florida A&E firm. Her studio is currently processing over 1,000 small
cell permits in southeast and southwest Florida. Small cell is dinner conversation at our house.
The added bonus is that sometimes it is kind of fun to disapprove your wife’s permits.