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SEC. 51A-4.212.   UTILITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE USES.
      (1)   Commercial radio or television transmitting station.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility for the transmission of commercial programming by radio or television within the commercial band of the electromagnetic spectrum.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in GO(A), CR, RR, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, and multiple commercial districts.  By SUP only in A(A), LO(A), and MO(A) districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  One space per 1,000 square feet of floor area.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
      (2)   Electrical generating plant.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility franchised by the city that generates electricity from mechanical power produced by gas, coal, or nuclear fission.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By SUP only in the IM district.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  One space per 1,000 square feet of floor area.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:
 
SQUARE FEET OF FLOOR AREA IN STRUCTURE
TOTAL REQUIRED SPACES OR BERTHS
0 to 10,000
NONE
10,000 to 50,000
1
50,000 to 100,000
2
Each additional 100,000 or fraction thereof
1 additional
 
      (3)   Electrical substation.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility for transforming electricity for distribution to individual customers.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in LO(A), MO(A), GO(A), CR, RR, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, and multiple commercial districts.  By SUP only in all residential, NO(A), and NS(A) districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  Two spaces.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
      (4)   Local utilities.
         (A)   Definitions:
            (i)   UTILITY SERVICES means air pollution monitoring stations, antennas, cables, dishes, distribution lines, drainage lines, generating facilities, nodes and hubs, pipes, poles, pumping stations, receivers and senders, repeating or regenerating devices, storm water facilities, switching stations, substations, tanks, transmission lines, water wells, wires, or similar equipment operated by a municipality, a transit authority, or a certificated, franchised, or licensed utility company providing cable television, electrical, gas, internet, storm sewer, telecommunications, telegraph, telephone, water, or wastewater service to the public.
            (ii)   COMMUNICATIONS EX- CHANGE FACILITY means a facility for the centralized placement of communications equipment used to store, house and route voice and data transmissions among communications companies.
         (B)   Districts permitted:
            (i)   Utility services:
               (aa)   Except as otherwise provided, by right in all residential and nonresidential districts.
               (bb)   By SUP only in residential districts if the above-grade facilities exceed 300 square feet in floor area or structure footprint per lot, except that no SUP is required for below-grade facilities, distribution lines, transmission lines, and supporting structures.  In this subparagraph, “structure footprint” means the ground area defined by vertical planes extending downward from the outermost projection of the structure.
               (cc)   RAR is required if this use is more than 150 square feet in floor area or more than 10 feet in height, except that no RAR is required for below-grade facilities, distribution lines, transmission lines, and supporting structures.
            (ii)   Communications exchange facility:  By right in LO(A), MO(A), GO(A), RR, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, and multiple commercial districts.  By right in the CR district if this use does not exceed 50,000 square feet in floor area; otherwise, prohibited in the CR district.  By right in nonresidential planned development districts that allow local utilities. Allowed in residential planned development districts only if specifically listed as a permitted use, otherwise prohibited in residential planned development districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking: 
            (i)   Utility services:  None.
            (ii)    Communications exchange facility:  One space per 5,000 square feet of floor area, except that one space per 333 square feet is required for any floor area used for office space.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:
            (i)   Utility services:  None.
            (ii)   Communications exchange facility:
 
SQUARE FEET OF FLOOR AREA IN STRUCTURE
TOTAL REQUIRED SPACES OR BERTHS
0 to 50,000
NONE
50,000 to 150,000
1
Each additional 100,000 or fraction thereof
1 additional
 
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   Utility services:
               (aa)   Above-ground storage tanks are not permitted under this use, except accessory above-ground storage tanks to emergency generators.  The capacity of accessory above-ground storage tanks may not exceed 11,000 gallons in nonresidential districts and 3,500 gallons in residential districts.
               (bb)   Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph (E)(i)(dd), in residential districts, if this use is over seven feet in height, screening that complies with Section 51A-4.602(b) must be constructed and maintained along the side and rear of the use.
               (cc)   Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph (E)(i)(dd), if this use is over seven feet in height, a perimeter landscape buffer strip that complies with Section 51A-10.125 must be provided.
               (dd)   Distribution  lines, transmission lines, and supporting structures are exempt from the requirements of Subparagraphs (E)(i)(bb)and (E)(i)(cc).
               (ee)   No  landscape regulations apply to this use except as expressly provided in these additional provisions.
               (ff)   This use is not subject to compliance proceedings under Section 51A-4.704.
            (ii)   Communications exchange facility:
               (aa)   Section 51A-4.408(a)(1), which exempts structures for utility uses from certain height restrictions, does not apply to this use.
               (bb)   Above-ground storage tanks are not permitted under this use, except accessory above-ground storage tanks to emergency generators.  Unless located within an enclosed structure or completely screened from adjacent street right-of-way and all other properties by solid screening, the capacity of accessory above-ground storage tanks may not exceed 11,000 gallons in nonresidential districts and 3,500 gallons in residential districts.
      (5)   Police or fire station.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility operated by the city as a police or fire station.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in GO(A), CR, RR, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, multiple commercial, and urban corridor districts. By SUP only in residential, NO(A), LO(A), MO(A), and NS(A) districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:
            (i)   Police station:  One space per 150 square feet of floor area.
            (ii)   Fire station:  Five spaces plus one additional space per bed.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  One space.
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   This use may include emergency medical services.
      (6)   Post office.
         (A)   Definition:  A government facility for the transmission, sorting, and local distribution of mail.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in GO(A), CR, RR, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, multiple commercial, and urban corridor districts. By SUP only in MF-3(A), MF-4(A), LO(A), MO(A), and NS(A) districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  One space per 200 square feet of floor area.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:
 
SQUARE FEET OF FLOOR AREA IN STRUCTURE
TOTAL REQUIRED SPACES OR BERTHS
0 to 10,000
NONE
10,000 to 50,000
1
50,000 to 100,000
2
Each additional 100,000 or fraction thereof
1 additional
 
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   This use includes main branches, substation branches, and neighborhood coin-operated self-service stations.
      (7)   Radio, television, or microwave tower.
         (A)   Definition:  A structure supporting antennae that transmit or receive any portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in GO(A), CS, industrial, and central area districts. By SUP only in residential, NO(A), LO(A), MO(A), retail, mixed use, and multiple commercial districts. RAR required in GO(A), CS, and industrial districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  Two spaces.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
      (8)   Refuse transfer station.
         (A)   Definition:  A privately owned facility for the separation, transfer, or packing of solid waste materials from smaller collecting vehicles to larger transport vehicles.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By SUP only in A(A) and IM districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  One space per 1,000 square feet of site area exclusive of parking area.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   This use must comply with Chapter 18 of the Dallas City Code and all other applicable city ordinances, rules, and regulations.
      (9)   Sanitary landfill.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility for the collection, handling, storage, and disposal of solid waste.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By SUP only in A(A) and IM districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  None.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   This use is subject to federal and state law requirements.
            (ii)   This use must comply with Chapter 18 of the Dallas City Code and all other applicable city ordinances, rules, and regulations.
      (10)   Sewage treatment plant.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility for receiving and treating sewage from the city sanitary sewer system.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By SUP only in A(A), IM, and central area districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  One space for each million gallons of capacity.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
      (10.1)   Tower/antenna for cellular communication.
         (A)   Definitions:
            (i)   Mounted cellular antenna means a cellular antenna that is attached to an existing structure, that complies with the requirements of Subparagraph (E)(i), and that is part of a cellular system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission.  An auxiliary building housing electronic and communication equipment is permitted as part of this use.
            (ii)   Monopole cellular tower means a single pole structure that supports a platform and cellular antennas, that complies with the requirements of Subparagraphs (E)(ii) and (iii), and that is part of a cellular system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission.  An auxiliary building housing electronic and communication equipment is permitted as part of this use.
            (iii)   Other cellular communication tower/antenna means any cellular communication tower or antenna that is part of a cellular system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission, but that is not covered by the definitions contained in Subparagraphs (A)(i) and (A)(ii).  An auxiliary building housing electronic and communication equipment is permitted as part of this use.
            (iv)   Platform means that portion of a monopole cellular tower that is located on top of the pole and that supports directional, transmitting, and receiving antennas.
            (v)   Temporary cellular unit means any cellular communication structure, vehicle, trailer mounted apparatus, or device that is part of a system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission that is used to temporarily provide service where an existing tower/antenna for cellular communication is not operable for one or more of the following reasons:
               (aa)   The existing tower/ antenna for cellular communication use is damaged or destroyed other than by the intentional act of the owner or agent; or
               (bb)   A demolition or construction permit has been issued on a building site that includes an existing mounted cellular antenna, monopole cellular tower, or other cellular communica tion tower/antenna.
         (B)   Districts permitted:
            (i)   Mounted cellular antennas:  By right in A(A), single family, duplex, townhouse, CH, MF-1(A), MF-1(SAH), MF-2(A), MF-2(SAH), and MH(A) districts when attached to an existing structure that is currently occupied or was last occupied by a nonresidential use. By SUP only in A(A), single family, duplex, townhouse, CH, MF-1(A), MF-1(SAH), MF-2(A), MF-2(SAH), and MH(A) districts when attached to an existing structure that is currently occupied or was last occupied by a nonresidential use and the mounted cellular antenna exceeds the residential proximity slope height restrictions. The impact of the mounted cellular antenna height on an adjacent residential district must be considered in the SUP process. 
            (ii)   Mounted cellular antennas:  By right in MF-3(A), MF-4(A), office, retail, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, multiple commercial, P(A), and UC-3 districts when attached to any existing structure. By SUP only in MF-3(A), MF-4(A), office, retail, CS, industrial, central area, mixed use, multiple commercial, P(A), and UC-3 districts when attached to an existing structure and the mounted cellular antenna exceeds the residential proximity slope height restrictions. The impact of the mounted cellular antenna height on an adjacent residential district must be considered in the SUP process. 
            (iii)   Monopole cellular towers: By right in commercial, industrial, and central area districts with RAR required in commercial and industrial districts. By right in LO(A), MO(A), GO(A), mixed use, and multiple commercial districts if the height of the tower does not exceed the maximum height for structures in that district as provided in the district regulations (Divisions 51A-4.100 et seq.) with RAR required in the same districts; otherwise by SUP only.  By right in the CR district if the height of the tower does not exceed 65 feet, with RAR required; otherwise by SUP only. By right in the RR district if the height of the tower does not exceed 80 feet, with RAR required; otherwise by SUP only.  By SUP only in all residential, NO(A), NS(A) districts, and in any district where a monopole cellular tower is permitted by right but exceeds the residential proximity slope height restrictions.  The impact of the monopole cellular tower height on an adjacent residential district must be considered in the SUP process.
            (iv)   Other cellular communication towers/antennas are permitted by right in GO(A), CS, industrial, and central area districts.  By SUP only in residential, NO(A), GO(A), MO(A), retail, mixed use, multiple commercial districts, and in any district where other cellular communication towers/antennas are permitted by right but exceed the residential proximity slope height restrictions.  RAR required in GO(A), CS, and industrial districts. The impact of the other cellular communication tower/antenna height on an adjacent residential district must be considered in the SUP process. 
            (v)   Temporary cellular unit is permitted by right in all districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking: None required for temporary cellular units.  One space if the cellular communication tower/antenna has an auxiliary building housing electronic and communication equipment ("auxiliary building") greater than 120 square feet. Physically separate auxiliary buildings will not be aggregated to determine the area of an auxiliary building for the purpose of determining required off-street parking requirements.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   Mounted cellular antennas may not exceed 12 feet above the structure to which they are attached.  Whip antennas are excluded from this calculation.
            (ii)   The pole portion of a monopole cellular tower may not exceed 42 inches in diameter.  Microwave dishes or similar devices up to three feet in diameter may be mounted on the pole portion of a monopole cellular tower.  If microwave dishes or similar devices on a monopole cellular tower are concealed within a stealth tower, no maximum; otherwise, no more than two dishes or similar devices may be placed on a monopole cellular tower.
            (iii)   The platform portion of a monopole cellular tower may not have a horizontal cross sectional area greater than 196 square feet.  The depth of the platform may not exceed 4 feet, excluding any whip antenna.  Only antennas that are part of a cellular system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission are permitted on a platform.
            (iv)   The owner of a monopole or other tower for cellular communication shall notify the building official when the tower is no longer operating as part of a cellular system authorized by the Federal Communications Commission.  Within 12 months of the date the tower ceases to operate as part of an authorized cellular system, the tower must either be removed from the site, or a certificate of occupancy must be obtained to allow another permitted use of the tower.  If within 12 months the owner fails to remove the tower or obtain proper authorization for use of the tower, the building official shall revoke the certificate of occupancy for the tower and notify the city attorney to pursue enforcement remedies.
            (v)   Mounted cellular antennas attached to utility structures are exempt from the residential proximity slope regulations in certain circumstances.  [See Section 51A-4.408(a)(1)(C).]
            (vi)   Temporary cellular unit:
               (aa)   The building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy for a period not to exceed one year.  The building official may grant up to two six-month extensions if a complete application for or amendment to a specific use permit or planned development district has been filed with the director or a building permit is issued for the replacement of the existing tower/antenna for cellular communication.
               (bb)   A temporary cellular unit must be removed upon the expiration of its certificate of occupancy or upon the completion or expiration of a permit to construct a structure to mount a permanent mounted cellular antenna, a monopole cellular tower, or other cellular antenna, whichever occurs first.
               (cc)   Except as provided in this provision, a temporary cellular unit must comply with the yard, lot, and space regulations of the district and may not exceed the height of the existing tower/antenna for cellular communication use to be removed.  Lightning rods atop a temporary cellular unit are not included in height calculations.  A temporary cellular unit is not subject to residential proximity slope.  If a temporary cellular unit collocates with existing operators on a single vertical temporary cellular unit, the following regulations apply:
                  (I)   If the height of the existing mounted cellular antenna to be removed is less than the maximum structure height of the district, the maximum structure height may extend an additional ten feet in height for each existing operator above one, not to exceed the maximum structure height of the district.
                  (II)   If the height of the existing mounted cellular antennas to be removed is equal to or exceeds the maximum structure height of the district, the maximum height of the temporary cellular unit may not exceed the height of the existing mounted cellular antennas to be removed.
            (vii)   The specific use permit regulations in Section 51A-4.219 apply to a tower/ antenna for cellular communication except as modified in this provision.  The director shall send written notice of a public hearing on an application for an SUP for a tower/antenna for cellular communication use to all owners of real property lying within 500 feet of the building site as defined in Section 51A-4.601 on which the tower/antenna for cellular communication use will be located.  If the site does not comply with Section 51A-4.601, the director shall send written notice of a public hearing on an application for an SUP for a tower/antenna for cellular communication use to all owners of real property lying within 500 feet of the boundaries of a lot on a preliminary plat that is approved by the city plan commission upon which the tower/antenna for cellular communication use is to be located.
            (viii)   An application for or an amendment to a specific use permit or planned development district is not required for a modification to an existing tower/antenna for cellular communication or its base station unless the modification substantially changes the physical dimensions of the existing tower/antenna for cellular communication, or its base station.  A modification substantially changes the physical dimensions of an existing tower/antenna for cellular communication or its base station if it meets the criteria listed in 47 C.F.R. §1.40001(b)(7), as amended.
      (11)   Utility or government installation other than listed.
         (A)   Definition:
            (i)   A “utility other than listed” is a public or private facility certificated, franchised, licensed, or operated by the city as a utility, and that is not specifically covered by the use regulations in this chapter.
            (ii)   A “government installation other than listed” is an installation owned or leased by a government agency and that is not specifically covered by the use regulations in this chapter. Typical such government installations include city hall, a courthouse, or an elevated water storage reservoir.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in central area and urban corridor districts, except that an SUP is required for the “government installation other than listed” use in the CA-1(A) district. By SUP only in residential, office, retail, industrial, mixed use, and multiple commercial districts.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  The ratio of the use that the building official determines is the most equivalent to the proposed use in terms of function. If a specific use permit is required, the off-street parking regulations may be established in the ordinance granting the permit. In such cases, the city council shall consider the degree to which the use would create traffic hazards or congestion given the capacity of nearby streets, the trip generation characteristics of the use, the availability of public transit and the likelihood of its use, and the feasibility of traffic mitigation measures.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
         (E)   Additional provisions:
            (i)   The SUP requirement for this use does not apply to a building, other structure, or land under the control, administration, or jurisdiction of a state or federal agency.
      (12)   Water treatment plant.
         (A)   Definition:  A facility for purifying, supplying, and distributing city water, including a system of reservoirs, channels, mains, and purifying equipment.
         (B)   Districts permitted:  By right in the IM district.  By SUP only in A(A), central area, and IR districts.  RAR required in the IM district.
         (C)   Required off-street parking:  Two spaces.
         (D)   Required off-street loading:  None.
(Ord. Nos. 19455; 19786; 19808; 20037; 20493; 20731; 21000; 21001; 21314; 21663; 22392; 22639; 24543; 24718; 24898; 25440; 26578; 29984; 30808; 30890)