§ 1282.19   RADIO, TELEVISION, AND TELEPHONE TOWERS AND ANTENNAE.
   (a)   Conflict with state or federal law.  The restrictions of this section shall not apply to the extent preempted or prohibited by state or federal law or regulation.
   (b)   General requirements for all radio, television, and telephone towers and antennae.  The following standards shall apply to all radio, television, and telephone towers and to all antennae and equipment on existing structures.
      (1)   All structures and equipment shall be screened with a minimum six foot high solid wood fence and continuous evergreen hedge.  Structures and equipment located on a rooftop shall be screened from view by a parapet wall or screen.
      (2)   The entire facility, including the towers, antennae, equipment, buildings, and structures, must be aesthetically and architecturally compatible with the surrounding environment.
      (3)   The following shall be removed within six months of ceasing operations: all radio, television, and telephone towers; all antennae and equipment on existing structures; and all buildings and equipment associated therewith.  If not removed, they shall be subject to abatement by the Village of West Alexandria that they are a nuisance.
      (4)   Proof shall be provided by the applicant in a form satisfactory to the Zoning Inspector that the proposal has been approved by all agencies and governmental entities with jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission or the successors to their respective functions.
      (5)   Lights, beacons or strobes shall not be permitted on any radio, television or telephone tower or antenna or equipment on existing structures unless required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
   (c)   Radio and television towers.  Radio and television towers and associated equipment, buildings, and structures may exist as a conditional use on any lot within an industrial district, subject to the following standards and conditions.
      (1)   The minimum lot area for radio and television towers shall be four acres.
      (2)   Radio and television towers shall be located at least 200 feet or a distance equal to the height of the tower, whichever is greater, from any residential zoning district or dwelling unit.
      (3)   Radio and television towers shall not exceed 300 feet in height.
      (4)   Radio and television towers shall be set back at least 150 feet from any arterial or collector street as specified in the West Alexandria Thoroughfare Plan, or a distance equal to the height of the tower, whichever is greater, and shall not be located on the street frontage.
      (5)   They shall meet all the requirements of division (b) above.
   (d)   Telephone towers.  Telephone towers for the purpose of communications and cellular transmission may exist as a conditional use in an agricultural or industrial district, subject to the following conditions and standards.
      (1)   The minimum required lot area shall be two acres.
      (2)   Telephone towers shall be located at least 200 feet or a distance equal to the height of the tower, whichever is greater, from any residential district or existing residential dwelling.
      (3)   Telephone towers shall not exceed 150 feet in height.
      (4)   All telephone towers must be freestanding monopole structures.
      (5)   Telephone towers shall be set back at least 150 feet from any arterial or collector street as specified in the West Alexandria Thoroughfare Plan, and shall not be located on the street frontage.
      (6)   The applicant shall agree to permit use of the telephone tower by other communication service providers, on reasonable terms, so long as such use does not conflict with the applicant and/or any other pre-existing users’ use of the telephone tower and does not violate the structural integrity of the telephone tower.
      (7)   No new tower may be constructed if there is a technically suitable space available on an existing or planned telephone tower within the geographic area that the new tower is to serve.
      (8)   Telephone towers shall be constructed to handle at least two sets of antennae for telephone communication systems.
      (9)   They shall meet all conditions in division (b) above.
   (e)   Antennae and equipment on existing structures.  Antennae and equipment on existing structures may be located in the public right-of-way on existing utility poles with the permission of the utility provider, or on an existing structure as an accessory use in any agricultural, business, or industrial district, or as an accessory structure accompanying any conditional use in a residential district, subject to the following conditions and standards.
      (1)   Antennae and equipment boxes shall be designed to match the color of the pole or building on which they are mounted.
      (2)   Antennae and equipment on existing structures shall not exceed the height of the existing pole upon which it is located plus ten feet.
      (3)   Antennae and equipment on existing structures, including and associated with the installation, must be integrated into the design of the structure upon which it is located and shall be aesthetically and architecturally compatible with the structure upon which it is located and the surrounding environment.
      (4)   All equipment associated with a telephone communication system, except antennae, shall be located underground, attached to the structure or inside the building upon which they are mounted.
      (5)   An existing pole may be replaced, if not structurally suitable to hold the antennae and equipment related to a communication system, but in no case shall the new pole exceed the height of the existing pole plus ten feet.
      (6)   If the antennae and equipment related to a telephone communication system are to be located as an accessory structure to a conditional use in any residential district, the minimum lot area shall be two acres.
      (7)   A right-of-way use permit will be required from the Village of West Alexandria for any antennae or equipment located in the public right-of-way.
(Ord. 652, passed 11-8-1999)