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(a) Camouflaging of Towers.
(1) Towers shall be located in a landscaped setting pursuant to Section 1256.05(a). The Planning Commission may require additional landscaping. Camouflaging of towers is especially encouraged only if logical and technically feasible. Such camouflaging may take the form of erecting a tower which resembles or mimics another object, such as a tree or flag pole. Camouflaging may also consist of placing antennas on existing structures such as water towers or buildings in such a way that they are not easily detected and cannot be seen by the naked eye from a long distance.
(2) If antennas are collocated on existing structures which are not towers as defined by this chapter, it shall be presumed that such antennas are camouflaged unless their positioning and placement causes them to be easily seen and discerned by a reasonable person as being wireless telecommunications antennas.
(3) Antennas may be placed on trees, if technically feasible, and is such placement would provide wireless telecommunications services to the residents and businesses of the City equal to that if such antennas were placed on towers. If antennas are placed on trees, they shall be camouflaged.
(4) A building or other structure may be a prop only, which is unused and unusable as anything but a device to camouflage an antenna. It shall be aesthetically pleasing and maintained continuously.
(5) Camouflaging, whatever variety and however employed, shall be of a type compatible with the immediate surrounding area and the City at large in color, design, material, appearance and its method of mimicry. For example, an artificial oak tree 100 feet in height would satisfy this requirement. An artificial palm tree would not.
(6) Antennas may be placed on facades of buildings if colored and designed to match the color, texture and style of the building to which it is attached, and shall be attached at least twenty-five feet above grade.
(b) Color of Towers. All towers of any type shall be of a color which blends into the natural color of the immediate area or skyline, but shall not be painted at all if, by coloring the tower, it would be more visible to the naked eye from a long distance than if it were erected in the ordinary tone of it construction materials, such as the grayish color of galvanized steel. If towers are painted, they shall be maintained within the requirements of the City's property maintenance ordinance.
(c) Artstown. In the district known as "Artstown," or in any other district which shall become so demarcated as a historically and/or architecturally significant district, or as a special district recognized and set apart as significant to the community's heritage or traditions, wireless telecommunications towers and related facilities shall not be located, unless it is proven that in order to provide wireless telecommunications service, such towers or facilities may not be located elsewhere within the City. Any tower and related wireless communications facility, including the equipment building, shall be camouflaged in such districts as herein described. Prior to approval, the provider shall demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that if towers and related wireless telecommunications facilities are located in Artstown and other districts as herein described, they shall not adversely affect the natural or man-made environment or the architectural setting, and that their location shall not pose any reasonable risk to the health and safety of residents within 300 feet of the boundaries of Artstown or any similar district as herein described.
(d) Towers of Excessive Height. Wireless telecommunications towers higher than 200 feet or located within 2,500 feet of any airport runway, public or private, shall be registered with the FAA. The provider/operator of such tower shall submit written verification of such registration with the FAA. Lighting shall be required for that part of towers in excess of 200 feet or as otherwise required by the FAA. When such lighting is required by the FAA or other governmental authority, and the zoning lot on which a tower is located abuts any Residential Zoning District, it shall be oriented inward of the zoning lot and shall not project or be cast onto all abutting zoning lots within Residential Zoning Districts.
(e) National Environmental Protection Act. The location, construction and operation of towers and related wireless telecommunications facilities shall comply with all applicable requirements and laws of the National Environmental Protection Act, Chapter 19, as may from time to time be amended.
(f) Advertising and Identification.
(1) Identification of towers and related wireless telecommunications facilities shall be permitted if required by the FCC, the FAA, the Federal or State EPA, OSHA or other governmental agency for regulation or identification purposes as necessary pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as may from time to time be amended, or other applicable law. The City shall be permitted to require identification signs.
(2) No advertising whatever shall be permitted on towers or related wireless telecommunications facilities, unless required as indicated in paragraph (f)(1) hereof or by other action of law. The only signs permitted shall be those signs indicating danger and no trespassing signs, or other signs important to the identification of the tower or facility as determined by the Building Inspector and/or the Planning Commission. All such signs shall be permanently attached to the tower or other wireless telecommunications structure and shall be placed at least four feet above grade. The only colors permitted shall be black, white, red, yellow, orange or any combination of these colors. Signs shall not be illuminated in any manner. Luminous paint may be used on signs if approved by the Building Inspector and/or the Planning Commission.
(Ord. 90-98. Passed 5-18-98.)