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(A) Basic requirements. Facilities located in the public right-of-way are subject to the design and development standards set forth in this section in addition to all design and development standards that apply to all facilities.
(B) Right-of-way authority. An encroachment permit must be obtained for any work in the public right-of-way. Only applicants authorized to enter the public right-of-way pursuant to state or federal law or a franchise or other agreement with the town shall be eligible for a permit to install or modify a wireless telecommunications facility in the public right-of-way.
(1) Utility poles. The maximum height of any antenna mounted to an existing utility pole shall not exceed two feet above the height of the existing utility pole, nor shall any portion of the antenna or equipment mounted on a pole be less than 18 feet above any drivable road surface. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all installations on utility poles shall fully comply with the California Public Utilities Commission general orders, including, but not limited to, General Order 95, as revised.
(2) Street light poles. The maximum height of any antenna mounted to a street light pole shall not exceed seven feet above the existing height of the street light pole in a location with its closest adjacent district being a commercial zoning district, and shall not exceed three feet above the existing height of the street light pole in any other zoning district. Any portion of the antenna or equipment mounted on a street light pole shall be no less than 18 feet above any drivable road surface.
(1) Only pole-mounted antennas shall be permitted in the public right-of-way. All other types of telecommunications towers are prohibited, and no new poles are permitted that are not replacing an existing pole unless an exception is granted pursuant to § 19.04.130.
(2) Pole height and width limitations.
(a) All replacement poles shall be designed to be the minimum functional height and width required to support the proposed antenna installation and meet FCC and CPUC requirements. Replacement poles and antennas and similar structures shall be no greater in diameter or other cross-sectional dimensions than is necessary for the proper functioning of the facility. Replacement poles must match existing poles, as determined by the Zoning Administrator.
(b) Notwithstanding division (D)(2)(a) above, no facility shall be located on a pole that is less than 20 feet in height, and no facility shall exceed 35 feet in height as measured from the ground, including, but not limited to, the pole or replacement pole and any antenna that protrudes above the pole or replacement pole.
(3) Pole-mounted equipment shall not exceed six cubic feet in dimension per pole.
(4) If an applicant proposes to replace a pole in order to accommodate the facility, the pole shall match the appearance of the original pole to the extent feasible, unless another design better accomplishes the objectives of this chapter. Such replacement pole shall not exceed the height of the pole it is replacing by more than seven feet, and no facility shall exceed 35 feet in height as measured from where the base of the pole meets the ground.
(5) Mounting any and all hardware or antennas on decorative light poles is prohibited except as a replacement pole that matches the existing decorative light poles in the vicinity.
(6) If an exception is granted for placement of new poles in the public right-of-way, new poles shall be designed to resemble existing poles in the public right-of-way, including size, height, color, materials and style, with the exception of any existing pole designs that are scheduled to be removed and not replaced, unless another design better accomplishes the objectives of this section. Such new poles that are not replacement poles shall be located no closer than 90 feet to an existing pole.
(7) All new wires needed to service the wireless telecommunications facility must be installed within the width of the existing utility pole so as to not exceed the diameter and height of the existing utility pole. For streetlights, any replacement pole must allow for an integrated design with wires inside the pole.
(E) Space occupied. Facilities shall be designed to occupy the least amount of space in the public right-of-way that is technically feasible.
(1) Each component part of a facility shall be located so as not to cause any physical or visual obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, inconvenience to the public's use of the right-of-way, or safety hazards to pedestrians and motorists.
(2) A facility shall not be located within any portion of the public right-of-way that would interfere with access to fire hydrants, fire stations, fire escapes, water valves, underground vaults, valve housing structures, or any other vital public health and safety facility.
(3) Each pole mounted wireless telecommunications facility must be separated by at least 1,500 feet.
(4) All cables, including, but not limited to, electrical and utility cables, between the pole and any accessory equipment shall be placed underground, if feasible.
(5) For all applications in undergrounding districts, all undergrounding district regulations apply.
(G) Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. All facilities shall be built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
(H) Accessory equipment. The wireless facility shall be powered using unmetered service, whenever available. If not available, the electric meter shall be pole-mounted to the extent feasible, and all accessory equipment shall be located underground within three feet of the pole and ground flush mounted to the extent feasible. When above-ground is the only feasible location for a particular type of accessory equipment and when such accessory equipment cannot be pole-mounted, such accessory equipment shall be enclosed within a structure, and shall not exceed a height of five feet and a total footprint of 15 square feet, and shall be screened and camouflaged to the fullest extent possible, including the use of landscaping or alternate screening. Required electrical meter cabinets shall be adequately screened and camouflaged.
(I) Documentation. The applicant shall provide documentation satisfactory to the Zoning Administrator establishing compliance with this section.
(Ord. 833, passed 8-7-2019)