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(a) Construction Standards. All wireless telecommunication facilities and support structures shall be certified by an Engineer licensed in the State of Ohio to be structurally sound and, at a minimum, in conformance with the Ohio Basic Building Code.
(b) Natural Resource Protection Standards. The location of the wireless telecommunication facilities shall comply with all natural resource protection standards established either in this Zoning Ordinance or in other applicable regulations, including those for flood plains, wetlands, groundwater protection, and steep slopes.
(c) Historic or Architectural Standards Compliance. Any application to locate a wireless telecommunication facilities on a building or structure that is listed on a federal, state, or local historic register, or is in a historic district established by Fairborn, shall be subject to review by the appropriate review board. If there is no such review board, the Zoning Administrator shall review the request to ensure architectural and design standards are maintained.
(d) Color and Appearance Standards. All towers shall be monopole construction unless specifically approved otherwise. All towers and wireless telecommunication facilities to which they are attached shall be painted a non-contrasting gray or similar color minimizing its visibility, unless otherwise required by the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Aviation Administration and by historical or architectural standards imposed under 1127.02(c): Historic or Architectural Standards Compliance, of this Zoning Ordinance. All appurtenances shall be aesthetically and architecturally compatible with the surrounding environment by means of disguise deemed acceptable by Fairborn. This compatibility shall be measured against recommendations provided in the Fairborn Wireless Communications Plan.
(e) Advertising Prohibited. No advertising is permitted anywhere upon or attached to the wireless telecommunications facility. An exception may be considered if the tower or antenna support structure is principally designed to be utilized for purposes other than operation of the wireless telecommunications facility.
(f) Artificial Lighting Restricted. No wireless telecommunication facility shall be artificially lit for safety purposes except as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. When required by FAA, a red by night, white by day lighting system shall be utilized. An exception may be considered if the tower or antenna support structure is designed to be utilized for purposes other than operation of the wireless telecommunications facility and the lighting is a decorative component of that additional purpose.
(g) Co-location. All wireless telecommunication facilities shall be subject to the co-location requirements set forth in Section 1127.03: Co-Location Requirements, of this Zoning Code.
(h) Abandonment. All wireless telecommunication facilities shall be subject to the abandonment requirements set forth in Section 1127.08: Abandonment of Tower.
(i) Setback from Edge of Roof. Any wireless telecommunication facilities and related appurtenances permitted on the roof of a building shall be set back one foot from the edge of the roof for each one foot in height of the wireless telecommunication facility. However, this setback requirement shall not apply to antennas that are less than two inches in thickness mounted on the sides of antenna support structures and do not protrude more than six inches from the side of such an antenna support structure. This requirement is subject to change, upon the review of the photo simulation provided in compliance with Section 1127.09: Application and Review Requirements.
(j) Security Enclosure Requirements. All towers and equipment shelters are not encouraged except in areas with isolated visibility or sites with concern for accessibility by the public, as determined by the City of Fairborn. The City of Fairborn and co-locators shall have reasonable access. No fence shall be required on top of a building or other structure if access to the roof or top of the structure or building is secure.
(k) Existing Vegetation and Buffer Plantings. Existing vegetation (trees, shrubs, etc.) shall be preserved to the maximum extent possible. Buffer plantings shall be located around the perimeter of the security enclosure or lease hold sufficient to screen offensive views and structures. An evergreen screen may be required around the perimeter of the property in lieu of such buffer plantings.
(l) Access Control and Emergency Contract. "No Trespassing" signs shall be posted around the wireless telecommunications facility, along with a telephone number of who to contact in the event of an emergency. These signs should not exceed two square feet in sign area.
(m) Utility Connections. All public utility service connections to be constructed to the wireless communications facility shall be buried underground from the point of the public transmission supply line.
(n) Vehicular Access and Parking. All vehicular access routes, and a minimum of one vehicular parking space to be provided, shall be a paved surface.
(o) Equipment Shelters. Equipment shelters shall be constructed as an underground vault or as a building complimentary in style and materials to neighboring buildings. Typically, the building shall be of masonry construction with residential-styled roof systems. An exception to permit industrialized units may be considered when the shelter is not visible from residential neighborhoods, public streets, or parking areas of customers or visitors of the proposed site.
(p) Facilities Located on Public Lands, Railroads and Road Right-of-Ways. When a wireless telecommunication facility is located on land owned by any government entity or railroad, for public purposes or railroads, the facilities shall comply with all requirement and procedures for the underlying zoning district, or in the case of railroads, the most stringent zoning district immediately adjacent to the proposed site and subject to the standards in Section 1127.04: Permitted and Accessory Uses in All Zoning Districts.
(q) Facilities Located within Right-of-Ways. A wireless telecommunications facility shall be permitted to be located on pre-existing electric, telephone, traffic signal, street light poles or fixtures, be served with underground wire or cable only, and require a permit from the Division of Engineering.
(r) Minimum Distance Requirements Between Towers. Towers proposed to be constructed solely for the purpose of locating a wireless telecommunication facilities shall be a minimum of a 2,000-foot radius from all adjacent towers.
(Ord. 34-17. Effective 12-7-17.)