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715 Satellite Earth Stations And Wireless Communication Facilities.

A.    Satellite Earth Stations. A satellite earth station is a class of microwave antenna having a dimension of more than 1.5 meters that is designed for reception of satellite broadcast television and radio signals. The size, placement and configuration of satellite earth stations require specific standards to ensure their visual and aesthetic compatibility within or adjacent to residential zoning districts.

1.    Residential use. The following standards apply to the use of satellite earth stations on residentially zoned property:

a.    A satellite earth station shall not be located in a front yard or required side yard.

b.    A satellite earth station shall be used for private, noncommercial purposes, which shall include installations for the residents of a multifamily project.

c.    A satellite earth station shall not exceed a height of twelve (12) feet above natural grade. The height may be increased up to eighteen (18) feet above natural grade upon securing a use permit, in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 3, as long as the need for increased height is based on an inability to receive signals at the otherwise prescribed locations and height. Conditions of the use permit may include, but are not limited to, landscaping and screening to assure compatibility with surrounding property.

d.    A satellite earth station shall be screened from adjacent properties, public streets or private accessways by a solid structure or landscaping.

e.    A satellite earth station of a diameter of one and one-half meters or less may be located anywhere on a residentially zoned lot except in front of the primary structure. It may not be placed higher than forty-five feet above natural grade.

2.    Commercial use. The following standards apply to the accessory use of satellite earth stations on properties zoned for non-residential uses:

a.    No satellite earth station shall be located in front of the primary structure or the required side yard setback.

b.    A satellite earth station and any microwave antennae, commercial radio or television relay facility, tower or broadcast antennae shall not exceed a height of one hundred (100) feet as measured above the natural grade at the base of the communication facility or fifteen (15) feet above the height of a building if roof mounted.

c.    Ground mounted satellite earth stations shall be setback a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from an arterial street, as identified on the street classification map. Roof mounted satellite earth stations are allowed on primary structures in compliance with the required building setback and Section 715.A.2.d. below.

d.    A satellite earth station shall be setback a minimum of three hundred (300) feet from a property line that abuts land zoned RE-43, RE-35, RE-24, R1-18, R1-14, R1-10, R1-8, R1-6, R-2, R-3, S-1 or PAD-1 through PAD-13 or used for single family residential dwellings.

e.    The satellite earth station shall be screened from adjacent property by solid structures or landscaping.

B.    Wireless Communication Facilities. The intent of the following development standards is to improve the design and placement of new Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) in order to reduce the impact on the visual and aesthetic character of the community. The standards are designed to: Encourage the use of concealment technology; minimize the construction of new towers through the promotion of co-location on existing WCF, buildings or other structures; ensure continuous maintenance of WCF and enforce the timely removal of any unused or outdated facilities; and regulate the use of temporary WCF. A WCF may be Concealed, Disguised or Visible. As described below, each type of WCF has specific development standards, approval processes, and design guidelines based upon whether they are new structures or being co-located.

1.    Concealed Wireless Communication Facilities. Concealed WCF used by a governmental agency for public safety purposes are permitted in all zoning districts and are not regulated by these provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Other Concealed WCF are permitted in all zoning districts, subject to the following standards:

a.    Bulk requirements. The standards governing the building height, lot coverage, building and perimeter setbacks are regulated by the underlying zoning district (see exceptions for residentially zoned properties below). When there is more than one underlying zoning district, the more restrictive regulations shall apply. Concealed WCF are permitted on residentially zoned properties as follows:

(1)    Public/quasi-public spacesConcealed WCF are permitted on residentially zoned property that are designated or used for public or quasi-public spaces such as, but not limited to, schools, churches, golf courses, parks or government facilities, subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

(2)    Open space residential tractsConcealed WCF are permitted in tracts within residential subdivisions that are zoned or platted for open space or retention areas, subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

b.    Design guidelines. A site plan must be approved by the Planning and Development Department demonstrating that the proposed WCF meets the definition of "Concealed", as specified in Section 202. Site plans for Concealed WCF must demonstrate the following in order to be approved:

(1)    The antenna is fully enclosed, screened or obscured so that it is not visible at all or, if visible, it is not recognizable as a WCF to a casual observer; and

(2)    The antenna does not extend more than twelve (12) inches from the building or structure to which it is attached; and

(3)    The underlying zoning district must allow the structure being utilized to support the antenna and the support structure; and

(4)    The Concealed WCF and its support structure shall comply with the setback requirements of the underlying zoning district or, if located in a sign, by the standards contained in Sections 705 or 705.2 of the Zoning Ordinance; and

(5)    The support equipment is located entirely within an equipment enclosure that is architecturally compatible with the surrounding area, completely screened from view, and built in compliance with the standards outlined in Section 715.B.4. of the Zoning Ordinance; and

(6)    A WCF concealed as a flagpole shall be required to fly a flag in compliance with the accepted protocol for the type of flag flown. The flag and pole shall be visible from the building entrances used by the public. The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed twenty-four (24) inches; and

(7)    The installation of a Concealed WCF should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation or the disturbance of natural desert vegetation.

2.    Disguised Wireless Communication Facilities. Disguised WCF used by a governmental agency for public safety purposes are permitted in all zoning districts and are not regulated by these provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Other Disguised WCF are permitted in all zoning districts, subject to the following standards:

a.    Bulk requirements. The standards governing lot coverage and perimeter setbacks are regulated by the underlying zoning district. When there is more than one underlying zoning district, the more restrictive regulations shall apply. In addition, Disguised WCF must comply with the following:

(1)    Maximum heightSixty-five (65) feet in height from natural grade to the highest point of the pole or support structure for all Disguised WCF except for monocactus, which shall be limited to forty-five (45) feet in height to the top of the structure.

(2)    Required setbacksThe following minimum setbacks are required for Disguised WCF:

(a)    From another property zoned for residential purposes:

(i)    Disguised WCFExcept as described below, a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) feet setback is required from another property zoned for residential purposes. For purposes of this standard, land uses that are permitted in residential zoning districts, including those that are designated for public spaces such as, but not limited to, schools, churches, golf courses, parks or government facilities shall be considered "residential purposes".

The setback may be reduced to fifty (50) feet from a property that is zoned for residential purposes subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

(ii)    WCF co-locating on public utilitiesExcept as described below, a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) feet setback is required from another property zoned or used for residential purposes. The setback from a property that is zoned for residential purposes may be reduced to a lesser distance or eliminated subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

(b)    From an adjoining property that is zoned for commercial or industrial purposes: No setback required except for any required perimeter landscape setback standards.

(c)    Streets: A minimum setback of twenty-five (25) feet from all public and private rights-of-way or accessways, unless being located on a previously existing public utility pole or if a greater setback is required by the underlying zoning.

(d)    Support structures or signs: The setbacks for any structure that is supporting a Disguised WCF must comply with the setback requirements of the underlying zoning district or the standards contained in Sections 705 or 705.2 of the Zoning Ordinance if located on a sign.

(3)    Restrictions on development in residential zoning districtsDisguised WCF are permitted on residentially zoned properties subject to compliance with the above noted bulk requirements and as follows:

(a)    Public/quasi-public spacesDisguised WCF are permitted on residentially zoned property that are designated for public or quasi-public spaces such as, but not limited to, schools, churches, golf courses, parks or government facilities subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

(b)    Open space residential tractsDisguised WCF are permitted in tracts within residential subdivisions that are zoned or platted for open space or retention areas, subject to obtaining a use permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 and the standards contained in Section 715.B.10. of the Zoning Ordinance.

b.    Design guidelines. A site plan must be approved by the Planning and Development Department demonstrating that the proposed WCF meets the definition of "Disguised", as specified in Section 202. The following minimum specifications shall apply to these types of Disguised WCF:

(1)    Monopalms: A Monopalm must meet the following design guidelines:

(a)    All Monopalms must be anatomically correct and contain a minimum of 55 palm fronds.

(b)    The antenna array shall not extend more than thirty (30) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(c)    The entire length of the antenna must be disguised by the palm fronds.

(d)    The pole structure must be built of steel or fiberglass and clad with faux bark. The faux bark shall start at the base of the pole and continue to the height of the first palm frond attachment. The balance of the pole structure and the attachments must be painted to blend with the palm fronds.

(e)    The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed twenty-six (26) inches at its widest point.

(f)    All cables must be concealed within the pole structure.

(g)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to one (1) square foot in size and must be concealed within the trimmed leaf cluster (often referred to as the "pineapple") of the Monopalm or within the palm fronds.

(h)    The trimmed leaf cluster shall be mounted directly below the palm fronds and shall be painted to blend with the pole structure.

(i)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each Monopalm.

(j)    No climbing pegs are permitted on the pole structure.

(k)    The installation of a Monopalm should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation.

(2)    Monocactus: A Monocactus must meet the following design guidelines:

(a)    The structure must be built of steel or fiberglass and clad with faux finish that starts at the base of the pole and continues to the top of the structure.

(b)    The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed thirty (30) inches at its widest point.

(c)    All antenna and cables must be concealed within the pole structure.

(d)    The number and size of any "arms" must be sized to be proportional to the height of the Monocactus.

(e)    No microwave dishes are permitted.

(f)    No climbing pegs are permitted on the pole structure.

(g)    The installation of a Monocactus should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation or the disturbance of natural desert vegetation. To ensure compliance, the following shall be done:

(i)    If required by the Planning and Development Department, a plant inventory of the Monocactus and equipment enclosure or shelter site (if no enclosure used) and a re-vegetation/salvage plan shall be submitted and approved at the time of site plan review; and

(ii)    Any trenching or site disturbance shall be re-vegetated to match the existing or natural vegetation, and

(iii)    No protected plant species shall be disturbed during construction unless re-vegetated as part of an approved salvage plan.

(3)    Monopine or Broadleaf tree: A Monopine or Broadleaf tree must meet the following design guidelines:

(a)    The pole structure must be built of steel or fiberglass and clad with faux bark. The faux bark shall start at the base of the pole and continue to the height of the first branch attachment. The balance of the pole structure and the attachments must be painted to blend with the branches.

(b)    The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed thirty-six (36) inches at the base and shall taper to no greater than twenty-eight (28) inches at the top of the pole structure.

(c)    All cables must be concealed within the pole structure.

(d)    The branches must:

(i)    Be constructed to a density of 2.5 branches for each one vertical foot of pole, and

(ii)    Start attachment at no greater than fifteen (15) feet above finished grade and continue to the top of the pole, and

(iii)    Be a minimum of eight (8) feet long around the circumference of the lower level and shall taper appropriately as the branches progress upwards.

(e)    The entire length of all antenna and their attaching apparatus shall be disguised by the branches and the antenna array shall not extend more than thirty (30) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(f)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to one (1) square foot in size and must be painted the same shade of green as the branches. The attaching apparatus must also be painted the same shade of green as the branches.

(g)    No more than four (4) microwave dishes are permitted on each Monopine or Broadleaf tree.

(h)    No climbing pegs are permitted on the pole structure.

(i)    The installation of a Monopine or Broadleaf tree should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation.

(4)    Ball field light poles: WCF may be added to legally existing or proposed Ball field light poles in compliance with the following design guidelines:

(a)    The maximum allowable width of an antenna array is four (4) feet.

(b)    The antenna array shall not extend more than thirty (30) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(c)    The maximum allowable length of each antenna is ten (10) feet.

(d)    The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed thirty-six (36) inches.

(e)    The addition of a WCF to a Ball field light must not increase the height of the light structure by more than ten (10) feet.

(f)    All cables must be concealed within the pole structure.

(g)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to two (2) square feet in size.

(h)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each Ball field light pole.

(i)    All microwave dishes, antennas, and attaching apparatus must be painted to match the Ball field light pole.

(j)    The installation of Ball field light poles should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation.

(5)    Water towers/tanks: WCF incorporated into Water towers or Water tanks must meet the following design guidelines:

(a)    The maximum allowable width of an antenna array is four (4) feet.

(b)    The antenna shall not extend more than eighteen (18) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(c)    The maximum allowable length of each antenna array is ten (10) feet.

(d)    The addition of a WCF must not increase the height of the Water tower/tank structure.

(e)    All cables must be concealed within the support structure or fully enclosed within a cable shroud.

(f)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to two (2) square feet in size.

(g)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each Water tower or Water tank.

(h)    All microwave dishes, antennas, cable shrouds and attaching apparatus must be painted to match the Water tower or Water tank.

(i)    The installation of a Water tower or Water tank should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation.

(6)    Existing public utility poles: It is encouraged that WCF be added to existing public utility poles, subject to the following design guidelines:

(a)    Twelve kilovolt (12 kv) utility poles:

(i)    The antenna shall not extend more than twelve (12) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(ii)    The maximum allowable length of all antenna added to a 12 kv utility pole is ten (10) feet.

(iii)    The addition of a WCF to an existing public utility pole must not increase the height of the public utility pole by more than ten (10) feet.

(iv)    All cables must be concealed within the public utility pole or a cable shroud.

(v)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to two (2) square feet in size.

(vi)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each public utility pole.

(vii)    All microwave dishes, antennas, cable shrouds and attaching apparatus must be painted to match the public utility pole.

(b)    Sixty-nine kilovolts (69 kv) or larger utility poles or lattice-type tower structures:

(i)    The maximum allowable width of an antenna array is four (4) feet.

(ii)    The antenna array shall not extend more than thirty (30) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(iii)    The maximum allowable length of each antenna is ten (10) feet.

(iv)    The addition of a WCF to an existing public utility pole must not increase the height of the public utility pole by more than ten (10) feet.

(v)    All cables must be concealed within the public utility pole or a cable shroud.

(vi)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to two (2) square feet in size.

(vii)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each public utility pole.

(viii)    All microwave dishes, antennas, cable shrouds and attaching apparatus must be painted to match the public utility pole.

3.    Visible Wireless Communication Facilities. Visible WCF used by a governmental agency for public safety purposes are permitted in all zoning districts and are not regulated by these provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. All other Visible WCF are permitted only in the Commercial and Industrial Zoning Districts and must comply with the following standards:

a.    Bulk requirements. The standards governing lot coverage and perimeter setbacks are regulated by the underlying zoning district. When there is more than one underlying zoning district, the more restrictive regulations shall apply. In addition, Visible WCF must comply with the following:

(1)    Maximum heightEighty-five (85) feet from natural grade to the highest point of pole or fifteen (15) feet higher than the height of the top of the building to which it is mounted (see also side mounted antenna height limitations in Section 715.B.3.b. below).

(2)    Required setbacksThe following setbacks are required:

(a)    From another property zoned for residential purposes: A minimum of three hundred (300) feet setback is required. For purposes of this standard, land uses that are permitted in those residential zoning districts, including those that are designated for public spaces such as, but not limited to, schools, churches, golf courses, parks or government facilities shall be considered "residential purposes".

(b)    From an adjoining property that is zoned for commercial or industrial purposes: No setback required except for any required perimeter landscape setback standards.

(c)    Streets: A minimum setback of seventy-five (75) feet from all public and private rights-of-way or accessways, unless a greater setback is required by the underlying zoning.

(d)    Hillside: No Visible WCF shall be installed on a property in or within five hundred (500) feet of a Hillside Development Area as defined in Section 710 of the Zoning Ordinance.

b.    Design guidelines. A site plan must be approved by thePlanning and Development Department demonstrating that the proposed Visible WCF meets the following minimum specifications:

(1)    The maximum allowable width of an antenna array is four (4) feet.

(2)    The antenna array shall not extend more than thirty (30) inches from the structure to which it is attached.

(3)    The maximum allowable length of each antenna array is ten (10) feet.

(4)    The diameter of the pole structure must not exceed forty (40) inches.

(5)    All antenna cables must be concealed within the pole structure or a cable shroud.

(6)    Microwave dishes shall be limited to two (2) square feet in size and must be painted the same color as the Visible WCF.

(7)    No more than two (2) microwave dishes are permitted on each Visible WCF pole.

(8)    All microwave dishes, antennas, cable shrouds and attaching apparatus must be painted to match the Visible WCF.

(9)    Antennae mounted on the side of a building shall be permitted subject to the following provisions:

(a)    The antenna must not extend above the existing profile of the building or project more than twelve (12) inches from the building face.

(b)    The antenna shall be integrated into the building design in a manner that respects the architectural style and coloring of the structure, considers the context and placement of the antenna on the structure, and minimizes its visual impact.

(c)    Requests to exceed the established building profile shall be subject to securing a use permit in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 when demonstrated that the architectural element to which the antennae are attached is integrated with and in proportion to the building design.

(10)    The installation of a Visible WCF should be done in a manner that minimizes the removal of mature vegetation or the disturbance of natural desert vegetation. To ensure compliance, the following shall be done:

(a)    If required by the Planning and Development Department, a plant inventory of the WCF and equipment enclosure or shelter site (if no enclosure used) and a re-vegetation/salvage plan shall be submitted and approved at the time of site plan review; and

(b)    Any trenching or site disturbance shall be re-vegetated to match the existing or natural vegetation, and

(c)    No protected plant species shall be disturbed during construction unless re-vegetated as part of an approved salvage plan.

4.    Equipment enclosures, support equipment and structures. WCF include different types and sizes of support equipment and accessory structures needed to accommodate each antenna. No site plan for a WCF shall be approved unless the following standards can be met:

a.    Not permittedAn equipment enclosure and all support equipment must not be located within the required perimeter landscape setback(s) of a development.

b.    Equipment enclosureThe following standards apply to equipment enclosures:

(1)    Maximum area shall not exceed six hundred (600) square feet.

(2)    Shall be screened primarily by an eight (8) foot decorative solid block or masonry perimeter wall. Less than 5% of each wall facade may be constructed of alternative materials, including see through materials, as approved by the Planning and Development Department when deemed to be appropriate for security purposes.

(3)    All entry gates visible from public streets or accessways shall be constructed of sight-obscuring material approved by the Planning and Development Department.

c.    Equipment shelterThe following standards apply to equipment shelters:

(1)    Maximum area shall not exceed three hundred and sixty (360) square feet.

(2)    Maximum height permitted is twelve (12) feet, to be measured from finished grade or roof-top elevation of a supporting structure. Below grade shelters are permitted.

(3)    No perimeter screening is required for equipment shelters not serving antennae attached to public utility poles if all equipment and wiring is fully enclosed within the shelter.

(4)    Equipment shelters serving antennae attached to public utility poles must be enclosed within the perimeter walls of a utility substation.

(5)    An equipment shelter shall not be located closer to an abutting street than the principal building on the lot or parcel.

d.    Ground-mounted cabinetsGround-mounted cabinets shall comply with the following:

(1)    Maximum area shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet for a single wireless communication provider or six hundred (600) square feet for multiple wireless communication providers.

(2)    Maximum height permitted is eight (8) feet, to be measured from finished grade elevation.

(3)    Ground-mounted cabinets that are visible from a public street or accessway must be located within an equipment enclosure, equipment shelter or enclosed building.

(4)    Ground-mounted cabinets are not permitted to be constructed within the front yard setback of a residential zoning district.

e.    Other screening allowancesIf the support equipment is screened from view from a public street or accessway, alley, or adjacent property by a permanent perimeter or interior wall, fence or structure that is permanent, no separate wall is needed around the equipment enclosure.

f.    IlluminationEquipment enclosures or shelters shall not be externally illuminated unless required by Federal regulations.

g.    Noise levelThe average noise level of the support equipment, measured at any property line that is zoned or used for residential purposes, must not exceed fifty-five db (1 dn) when measured on an "a weighted" sound level meter and according to the procedures of the Environmental Protection Agency.

5.    Co-location. The co-location of WCF on a site or structure is encouraged. Before building permits can be issued for co-location, the following must be submitted to or approved by the Planning and Development Department:

a.    Written authorization from the owner of the structure for the telecommunication service provider to attach additional antennas, and

b.    The site plan approved for the original WCF must be amended to reflect any additional antennae, change in support structure or expanded area for support equipment before the issuance of permits.

When a change to the original WCF or a co-location on an existing WCF results in the structure no longer being able to comply with either the Concealed or Disguised designation, the entire WCF must meet the development standards for the more intensive use.

The Zoning Administrator shall make a determination as to whether a facility under review, including proposed co-locations, would result in a change in its designation in the event of a dispute. An appeal of the determination made by the Zoning Administrator can be filed for consideration by the Board of Adjustment pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 3 of the Zoning Ordinance.

6.    Standards for the use of "Cell On Wheels" (COWS) apparatus. There are instances in which portable self-contained cell sites, called COWS, are needed on a temporary or emergency basis. The following minimum standards shall apply to the use of COWS:

a.    A temporary use permit shall be approved by the Zoning Administrator or his designee for the use of COWS in any zoning district.

b.    COWS shall be located no closer than fifty (50) feet from the property line of a property that is zoned or used for residential purposes.

c.    COWS are permitted on tandem axel utility trailers with a maximum width of ten (10) feet and length of twenty-four (24) feet.

d.    Permitted power sources.

(1)    A whisper quiet generator or other utility source shall be used that emits an average noise level, measured at any property line that is zoned or used for residential purposes, that does not exceed fifty-five dB (l dn) when measured on an "a weighted" sound level meter, according to the procedures of the Environmental Protection Agency, unless otherwise approved by the Zoning Administrator.

(2)    Use of on-site utility services must be approved by the Planning and Development Department.

e.    No space or spaces needed to meet the required parking standards for a development site, as outlined in Section 702 of the Zoning Ordinance, shall be taken by the placement of COWS.

f.    Special eventsA temporary use permit issued for the use of COWS for a special event shall comply with the standards contained in Section 715.B.6.(a) through (e) above and the following:

(1)    The approval shall not exceed a length of fifteen (15) consecutive days (excluding installation and removal).

(2)    There shall be no more than four temporary use permits for Cell On Wheels per carrier issued per event per calendar year.

(3)    No primary use needs to be existing on a site in order for a temporary use permit to be issued for COWS serving a special event.

g.    WCF installation/repairsA temporary use permit issued for the use of COWS during the installation of a new WCF or while repairs are being done on an existing WCF shall comply with the standards contained in Section 715.B.6.(a) through (e) above and with the following:

(1)    The approval shall not exceed a length of sixty (60) consecutive days (excluding installation and removal).

(2)    There shall be no more than one temporary use permit issued for the use of COWS for other than special events per site each calendar year.

(3)    A one-time extension of the original temporary use permit of up to sixty (60) consecutive days (excluding installation and removal) may be approved by the Zoning Administrator or his designee upon a showing that the proposed installation or repairs are actively progressing.

7.    Plan review. A plan must be approved or amended by the Planning and Development Department to reflect any additional antennae, microwave dishes, or attaching apparatus or a change in support structure or expanded area for support equipment. A site plan amendment is not needed to make changes to equipment that is fully enclosed within an equipment shelter that was included on a previous site plan approval. No site plan for a new or amended WCF shall be approved unless the support equipment is located entirely within an equipment enclosure or equipment shelter that is architecturally compatible with the surrounding area.

8.    Standards for replacement of existing Wireless Communication Facilities. Replacement of all or parts of a legally existing WCF (Concealed, Disguised, or Visible) shall be permitted as a matter of right when the new WCF is in compliance with the previous zoning or use permit approval or the above listed standards. For purposes of this provision "existing" shall mean that the pole or structure was taken down not more than ninety (90) days prior to the issuance of permits for the replacement monopole or new antennae. To minimize ground disturbance, antennae structures would be considered replacements if they are located within a ten (10) foot radius of the original antennae structure. A new antennae structure being built beyond the ten (10) foot radius from an existing WCF would be permitted only upon obtaining all of the necessary approvals described in Section 715

9.    Discontinuation of use. The use of any part of a WCF, including but not limited to a communication monopole, antennae, or support equipment, that has been discontinued for a period of ninety (90) calendar days shall be removed from the site unless a use permit is secured in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 of the Zoning Ordinance.

10.    Use permit approval standards. Requests for use permits, when needed, shall be reviewed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 of the Zoning Ordinance. Consideration shall also be given to each of the following:

a.    The consistency of the request with the context of the surrounding area;

b.    The design of a Disguised WCF must be compatible with the architectural character and natural features of the site or development;

c.    The placement of the WCF on the lot or parcel and its potential effect on expanding existing or developing future land uses;

d.    The measures taken to reduce the visual impact, bulk or clutter on the surrounding area;

e.    The cumulative effect that existing WCF in the vicinity of the site may have on the request;

f.    Consistency with the design standards contained in Section 715; and

g.    The following information shall be submitted upon application for a use permit for a WCF:

(1)    A site plan identifying the proposed location and height of the WCF;

(2)    Elevations of the proposed WCF including details on the monopole or structure and attached antennae and equipment, accessory buildings, ground-mounted cabinets and equipment, and screening structures or materials;

(3)    A statement on the capacity of the proposed WCF to allow collocation with other wireless communication providers; and

(4)    The location and height of all WCF located within a one-half (¬1/2) mile radius of the site.

11.    Required parking. None. If an existing parking space for another use is used by one or more Wireless Communication Providers for maintaining an on-site WCF, it is considered a dual use parking space.

12.    Site access. Vehicular or pedestrian access that is used exclusively for the periodic maintenance of a WCF does not need to be improved with asphalt or concrete paving or improved to meet the dust-proof alternative standards contained in the Zoning Ordinance.

Date of Addition/Revision/Deletion - Section 715

Addition on 3-4-2009 by Ordinance No. G-5329, eff. 4-3-2009

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The Phoenix Zoning Ordinance is current through Ordinance G-6178, passed June 1, 2016.

Disclaimer: The City Clerk's Office has the official version of the Zoning Ordinance. Users should contact the City Clerk's Office for ordinances passed subsequent to the ordinance cited above.

City Website: http://phoenix.gov/
City Telephone: (602) 262-6811

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