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ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT SUMMARY


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I. Private Telecommunications Facilities Allowed as a Matter of Right

 

On Publicly Owned Land:
 
Antennas attached to existing structures owned or operated by a county, bi-county, state or federal agency, except those owned by independent fire departments or rescue squads.
 
On Privately Owned Land:
 
Antennas and unmanned equipment buildings or cabinets on rooftops:
 
Buildings at least 30 feet high in multi-family, commercial or industrial zones;
 
Buildings greater than 50 feet high in one-family residential zones, but not on a one-family residence.
 
Antennas mounted on the building facade:
 
At height of at least 30 feet in multi-family, commercial or industrial zones,
 
At height greater than 50 feet in one-family residential zones, but not on a one-family residence.
 
Antennas mounted on existing structures. (No height requirements.)
 
General:
 
In all cases, unmanned equipment buildings or cabinets must not exceed 560 square feet and 12 feet in height. 
 
If located on a building roof on private land, the equipment building/cabinet combined with any other equipment building(s) and structure(s) must not occupy more than 25 % of the roof area. (No restriction on public buildings.)
 
II. Allowable Land Uses
 
Residential Zones, One-Family:
 
Antennas on existing buildings and structures are a permitted use subject to the provisions described above. Antennas on existing buildings that do not meet the minimum height requirements may be authorized as special exceptions. New monopoles or towers on residential zoned properties require a special exception (unless they will be publicly owned or there is a public use).
 
R-T Zones, Townhouse, Residential:
 
Use for telecommunications facilities is not allowed.
 
Commercial Zones:
 
Antennas on existing buildings and structures are a permitted use subject to the provisions described above. Antennas on existing buildings that do not meet the minimum height requirements need to obtain a special exception. 
 
In zones C-O, C-P, C-2, C-3, C-5 and H-M, a freestanding monopole is a permitted use up to 150 feet in height, with a setback of one foot for every foot of height from all residential and agricultural zoned properties. (No minimum setback required from adjacent commercial or industrial properties.) Taller monopoles or any towers in these six zones may be authorized as special exceptions. Telecommunications facilities in other commercial zones (i.e., C-T, O-M, C-1, C-4 and Country Inn) also may be authorized as special exceptions.
 
Industrial Zones:
 
Antennas on existing buildings and structures are a permitted use subject to the provisions described above. Antennas on existing buildings that do not meet the minimum height requirements need to obtain a special exception. 
 
In all industrial zones except LSC, a freestanding monopole is a permitted use up to 199 feet in height, with a setback of one foot for every foot of height from all residential and agricultural zoned properties. (No minimum setback required from adjacent commercial or industrial properties.) Taller monopoles or any towers in the I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4 and R&D zones may be authorized as special exceptions. Telecommunications facilities in the LSC zone also may be authorized as special exceptions.
 
Agricultural Zones:
 
For all agricultural zones, a freestanding monopoles is a permitted use up to 199 feet in height within an overhead transmission line right-of-way, but not closer than 300 feet to any residence. 
 
In Zone RS only, a freestanding monopole is a permitted use if the height does not exceed the building height of the zone (i.e., 50 feet maximum) and the monopole is set back one foot for every foot of height from the property line. Taller monopoles in this zone or any telecommunications facility other agricultural zones may be authorized as special exceptions.
 
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