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The provisions of this section pertain to towers and all other wireless telecommunications facilities and structures, and shall be in addition to the regulations set forth in Section 1256.04.
(a) Landscaping. All towers and related wireless telecommunications facilities shall be located in a landscaped setting. A landscaped buffer area of not less than ten feet in depth shall be placed between the wireless telecommunications facility and the public right-of-way, Residential Zoning District and any adjacent residential use, regardless of the underlying zoning district thereof. Such buffer area shall, at a minimum, consist of dense foliage and vegetation, of at least partially evergreen species, not less than the height of any equipment proposed for the site but not less than eight feet in height. Landscaping shall be continuously maintained and promptly reconditioned, if necessary. Other landscaping may be required by the Planning Commission. The arrangement of landscaping and the overall design thereof within a zoning lot on which a wireless telecommunications tower and related facility is placed may be considered by the Planning Commission.
(b) Fencing. Screened fencing shall be provided for appearance, public safety and personal security, according to the following requirements:
Minimum (ft.) Maximum (ft.)
Any Residential Zoning District 3 6
Any Commercial Zoning District 3 8
Any Industrial Zoning District 3 8
(2) Type. In any zoning district, the screened fencing shall consist of a chain link fence, as defined in this Code for the underlying zoning district. Fencing in an industrial zoning district may be capped with barbed wire to a maximum of twelve inches. The barbed wire portion, if any, shall be included in the measurement of the total height of such fencing.
(3) Color. Fencing may be unpainted or painted to blend into the surrounding area.
(4) Locked Gates. Access to the tower and related wireless telecommunications facility shall only be through a locked gate, properly maintained and secured twenty-four hours per day. The City shall not be responsible for any damage to the tower or other auxiliary structures, and shall be held harmless from any liability of any kind relating to damage, destruction, misfeasance of the tower or auxiliary structures, and from any personal injury to any party whomever.
(c) Illumination. Except as required by law or safety factors as determined by the City, an antenna or tower shall not be illuminated and lighting fixtures or signs, other than those sanctioned by this chapter, shall not be attached to an antenna or tower. Security lighting shall be permitted for the wireless telecommunications equipment building and other auxiliary structures, if any. Any permitted lighting shall be situated and directed so as not to emit light directly or indirectly onto any adjoining residential property, and in any zoning district, such lighting shall be designed, placed, and directed to minimize its emission and glare onto any adjoining property.
(d) Signs and Symbols. A tower or related wireless telecommunications facility shall contain no symbols whatever. The fencing surrounding the wireless telecommunications equipment building shall contain the appropriate number of signs to warn the public of danger and also at least two signs stating "NO TRESPASSING", and a sign identifying the wireless telecommunications service provider, of a type, size, color and allotment as approved by the Planning Commission.
(Ord. 90-98. Passed 5-18-98; Ord. 89-2011. Passed 9-12-11.)