Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Supplemental Use Standards 3.11 Supplemental Use Standards – Infrastructure


33. Co-located equipment shall consist only of the minimum Antenna array technologically needed to provide service primarily and essentially within the Town, to the extent practicable, unless good cause is shown in the form of clear and convincing evidence. 34. DAS systems that are owned or operated by a commercial carrier and are part of a commercial wireless system, or are used for commercial purposes, are expressly included in the context of this Section, regardless of the location or whether the Facility or any of its components is located inside or outside a structure or building. 35. The existence of a lease or an option to lease shall not be deemed justification for not complying with the priorities set forth in this Section. An Applicant may not by-pass sites of higher priority solely because the site proposed is under lease or an option to lease exists. If a site other than the number one priority is proposed, the applicant must explain to the reasonable satisfaction of the Town why co-location is technically or commercially impracticable. Build-to-Suit agreements between carriers and a proposed Tower owner shall not be a valid basis for any claim of exemption, exception, or waiver from compliance with this Section. 36. New Towers or other support structures shall be prohibited in Residential Districts, Historic Districts, Renaissance Districts and areas officially deemed to be visual or scenic sensitive areas, unless the Applicant provides clear and convincing technical evidence demonstrating that i) a new Tower as proposed is Necessary, ii) that the intended area cannot be served from outside the District or sensitive area; iii) that no existing or previously approved Facility or Complex can reasonably be used to serve the intended area within the Town; and iv) that not to permit a new Tower would result in or would preclude eliminating a significant gap in service. 37. Required Signs a. Notification shall be posted on all sides of a Facility to warn all persons in the immediate area of the presence of RF radiation or to control exposure to RF radiation within a given area. b. Name(s) of the owner(s) and operator(s) of the antenna(s) as well as emergency phone number(s). The sign shall be on the equipment shelter or cabinet of the applicant and be visible from the access point of the site and must identify the equipment owner of the shelter or cabinet. c. On tower sites, an FCC registration number, as applicable, is also to be present. d. The signs shall not be lighted, unless required for security purposes. e. No other signage, including advertising, shall be permitted. f. No sign shall exceed 4 square feet in size. Compliance Required: All Wireless Telecommunications Facilities shall be in compliance with th e most recent Federal Communications Commission’s regulations governing exposure to RF Radiation (i.e. NIER or Non-Ion Emitting Radiation) for the general public as determined on a cumulative basis reflecting the emissions from all equipment associated with the WTF. 2. Compliance with FCC Standards governing RF Radiation 1. Notice to be Posted: All WTFs shall be posted with a sign denoting the minimum distance from any antennas an individual may safely stand without being exposed to RF radiation in excess of the FCC’s permitted standards and any portion(s) of the s tructure or the surrounding area that would be exposed to RF radiation in excess of the FCC’s permitted standards. In such an instance the RF Radiation from all wireless facilities at that location shall be included in the calculations to show the cumulative effect on any area of the building or structure or area around the WTF deemed accessible by the public or workers.


Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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