1179.01 PURPOSE.
   This chapter is to establish regulations for the placement, construction and modification of antennae, towers, and other supporting structures for antennae and other structures or facilities to provide wireless telecommunications services. The regulations are meant to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community while not unreasonably interfering with the development of wireless telecommunications systems which serve the residents and businesses of our community. Specifically, the purposes of this chapter are:
   (a)   To protect residential areas and land uses from potential adverse impacts of towers and wireless telecommunications facilities;
   (b)   To minimize adverse visual impacts of communication towers and wireless telecommunications facilities through careful design, siting, landscaping, and innovative camouflaging techniques;
   (c)   To promote and encourage shared use/co-location of communications towers and antenna support structures as a primary option rather than construction of additional single-use towers;
   (d)   To avoid potential damage to adjacent properties caused by communications towers and wireless telecommunications facilities by ensuring such structures are soundly and carefully designed, constructed, modified, maintained and removed;
   (e)   To the greatest extent feasible, ensure that communications towers and wireless  telecommunications facilities are compatible with surrounding land uses;
   (f)   To the greatest extent feasible, ensure that proposed communications towers and  wireless telecommunications facilities are designed in harmony with natural settings and in a manner consistent with current development patterns;
   (g)   To encourage the location of towers and antennae in areas where the adverse impact on the community is minimal; and
   (h)   To protect the public health and safety through the proper location and construction of towers and antennae.
      (Ord. 11-98. Passed 3-9-98.)