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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ANTENNA. Any device that transmits and/or receives radio waves for voice, data or video communications purposes including, but not limited to, television, AM/FM radio, microwave, cellular telephone and similar forms of communications. The term shall exclude satellite earth station antennas less than two meters in diameter (mounted within 12 feet of the ground or building-mounted) and any receive-only home television antennas.
AGL. Above ground level. Ground level shall be determined by the average elevation of the natural ground level within a radius of 50 feet from the center location of measurement.
CABINET. A structure for the protection and security of communications equipment associated with one or more antennas where direct access to equipment is provided from the exterior and that has horizontal dimensions that do not exceed four feet by six feet, and vertical height that does not exceed six feet.
COMMUNICATION TOWER MULTI-USE INTEREST AREA. An area as designated by the map of the same title indicating general locations in which more than one wireless service provider may potentially seek to locate an antenna facility and in which the construction of co-locatable towers will be required. The map may be periodically revised in response to new information received regarding tower sites sought by wireless providers. A MULTI-USE INTEREST AREA shall be designated as appropriate for towers within one mile of each other, unless the applicant demonstrates to the contrary. The MULTI-USE INTEREST AREA MAP shall include the area within the city limits and within one and one-half miles of its corporate boundaries.
DIRECTOR. The Community Development Director of the city or his or her designee.
DISGUISED SUPPORT STRUCTURE. Any freestanding, human-made structure designed for the support of antennas, the presence of which is camouflaged or concealed as an appropriately-placed architectural or natural feature. Depending on the location and type of disguise used, such concealment may require placement underground of the utilities leading to the structure. Such structures may include but are not limited to, clock towers, campaniles, observation towers, light standards, flag poles and artificial trees.
FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration.
FCC. The Federal Communications Commission.
HEIGHT. The vertical distance measured from the average grade of the base of the structure at ground level to its highest point and including the main structure and all attachments thereto.
INCIDENTAL USE. Any use authorized herein that exists in addition to the principal use of the property.
MODIFICATION. Any addition, deletion or change, including the addition or replacement of antennas, or any change to a structure requiring a building permit or other governmental approval.
SHELTER. A building for the protection and security of communications equipment associated with one or more antennas and where access to equipment is gained from the interior of the building. Human occupancy for office or other uses or the storage of other materials and equipment not in direct support of the connected antennas is prohibited.
SUPPORT STRUCTURE. A tower or disguised support structure.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY. The part of the signal distribution system used or operated by a telecommunications carrier under a license from the FCC consisting of a combination of improvements and equipment including:
(1) One or more antennas;
(2) A supporting structure and the hardware by which antennas are attached;
(3) Equipment housing; and
(4) Ancillary equipment such as signal transmission cables and miscellaneous hardware.
TOWER. A structure designed for the support of one or more antennas and including guyed towers, self-supporting (lattice) towers or monopoles but not disguised support structures or buildings. The term shall also not include any support structure including attachments of 65 feet or less in height owned and operated solely for use by an amateur radio operator licensed by the Federal Communication Commission.
(Ord. 3399, passed 12-5-2005)