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A. Integrated Design Consideration: Small wireless facilities, including equipment associated with the small wireless facility, shall be integrated into the stand-alone pole, utility pole or authority pole where possible and generally shall be installed in a manner minimizing the visual impact. Whether the small wireless facility is collocated or is placed on its own pole:
1. Small wireless facilities should not be readily noticed;
2. All equipment, including electric meters, should be located on or within the pole unless prohibited by the owner of the pole, in which case an alternative power meter box must be approved by the Engineering Department;
3. A small wireless facility and associated equipment located on the exterior of a pole shall be enclosed in a shroud or enclosure painted to match the existing pole color;
4. All small wireless facilities shall be constructed out of or finished with non-reflective materials (visible exterior surfaces only);
5. For metal poles:
a. Cable runs should be inside of the pole to the maximum extent practicable;
b. Equipment associated with the small wireless facility should, where practicable, be enclosed at the base of the wireless support structure in a space not more than twenty four inches (24") in diameter and not more than five feet eight inches (5'8") in height; and
c. Poles used for collocation shall be designed to separate different pole users, such as through dual chamber or tri-chamber design;
6. If equipment cannot be installed inside of the pole, pole attachments within fifteen feet (15') of ground level shall be positioned on the side of the pole facing away from approaching traffic in the travel lane closest to the pole, provided that if the equipment would extend over a sidewalk or road surface, the equipment shall be positioned in a way to avoid such encroachment;
7. Wireless facility equipment on the outside of a utility pole shall be placed at least eight feet (8') above the public way, unless otherwise permitted by City;
8. Shall not be lighted or marked unless required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or other applicable governmental authority; and
9. Signs located at the small wireless facility shall be limited to ownership and contact information, FCC antenna registration number (if required) and any other information as required by applicable governmental authority. Commercial advertising is strictly prohibited.
1. Each individual antenna shall be located entirely within a shroud enclosure of not more than three (3) cubic feet in volume. All antennas associated with the small wireless facility shall not exceed a combined space of six (6) cubic feet.
2. The diameter of the antenna or antenna enclosure should generally not exceed the diameter of the top of the wireless support structure pole, and to the maximum extent practical, should appear as a seamless vertical extension of the pole.
3. In no case shall the maximum diameter of the shroud be wider than one and one-half (11/2) times the diameter of the top of the pole.
4. Where maximum shroud diameter exceeds diameter of the top of the pole, the shroud shall be tapered to meet the top of the pole.
5. Unless technologically infeasible or otherwise appropriate based on neighborhood context, all antennas shall be mounted to the top of the wireless support structure pole, aligned with the centerline of the structure.
6. Antennas shall be generally cylindrical in shape.
7. Antenna shall be completely housed within a cylindrical shroud that is capable of accepting paint to match the wireless support structure.
C. Height Limitations: Except for small wireless facilities on a residential street:
1. The height of a structure used for collocation of a small wireless facility, including the wireless facility, measured at the base of the structure shall not exceed the lesser of:
a. The minimum height needed for the operation of the wireless facility; or
b. For a new or modified utility pole or authority pole, fifty feet (50') above ground level together with the minimum antenna height necessary for one antenna contained within any approved concealment feature.
2. A utility pole existing on or before September 1, 2018 that is used for the collocation of a small wireless facility may, on only one occasion, be increased by up to ten feet (10') to allow for the attachment of the small cell wireless antenna together with any approved concealment feature.
3. A stand-alone pole shall not exceed thirty feet (30') in height. Including any antenna.
D. Cabinets; Vaults: If a ground mounted or buried equipment cabinet is proposed, the cabinet or vault:
1. May be placed above ground in a landscaped park strip or, if there is no landscaped park strip it shall be placed underground;
2. Shall meet the same separation standards as required for a new utility pole from trees and drive approaches; and
3. For an above ground cabinet:
a. Shall be secured to a concrete foundation or slab with a breakaway design in the event of collisions; and
b. Shall not exceed three feet (3') in height, unless special conditions exist that would result in the cabinet encroaching into the sidewalk or to within two feet (2') of the curb.
(Ord. 2018-27, 8-28-2018)