Sec. 35.1-85. Setbacks and fall zones.
(a) All towers and any telecommunications facilities in any business and industrial zoning districts shall be set back on all sides a distance equal to the underlying building setback requirement in the applicable zoning district. All towers in residential zoning districts shall be set back on all sides a distance equal to the tower height. In addition, in order to preserve the aesthetics of residential areas and to maintain property values, whenever a tower is located in a residential district, the tower shall be located a distance at least equal to twice the height of the tower from any adjacent property lines. When a tower is located in a commercial district or industrial district, the tower shall be located a distance at least equal to twice the height of the tower from any residential district.
(b) Setback requirements for towers shall be measured from the base of the tower to the property line of the parcel on which it is located.
(c) Every tower shall be designed to fall within the boundaries of the parcel on which the tower is located. The applicant shall submit written certification and supporting documentation from a structural engineer that a tower proposed for a residential area will fall within the specified fall zone. In the case of towers located in commercial or industrial areas that are specified and certified by a structural engineer to be collapsible or incapable of failure, the building commissioner may reduce the fall zone accordingly.
(d) In those instances in which there is a conflict between the required setback and the required fall zone, the greater distance shall apply. (Ord. No. O-97-246, 12-9-97; Ord. No. O-00-007, 01-11-00)
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