Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Supplemental Use Standards 3.11 Supplemental Use Standards – Infrastructure



Conflicts with the provisions of this section;

i. Failure to submit a complete application as required under this section after having been provided an opportunity to make complete or otherwise remedy an incomplete application. 6. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this section, for good cause shown if it could result in a less intrusive facility or facilities, singly or in combination, and still accomplish the primary service objective, the town may require the relocation of a proposed site, including allowing for the fact that relocating the site chosen by the applicant may require the use of more than one site to provide substantially the same service. Town Policy: As the town has made the policy decision that more towers of a shorter height is in the public interest, as opposed to fewer taller towers, spacing or the distance between towers shall be such that the service may be provided without exceeding the maximum permitted height. 2. Monopole Required: All new towers shall be of the monopole type. 3. Standards for Towers 1. Maximum Height: The maximum permitted total height of a new WTF shall be 90 feet above pre-construction ground level. The maximum permitted height is not an as-of-right height, but rather the maximum permitted height under any circumstances, absent proof of the technological need for a greater height. 4. Clear Evidence Required: The applicant shall submit clear and convincing technical documentation justifying the technical need for the total height of any WTF or Antenna requested and the technical need by a specific carrier or user of the WTF for such if the antenna is the first antenna to be attached to a WTF. Documentation must include all modeling data and assumptions used to produce the evidence at the requested height and a minimum of 10 feet lower height to enable verification of the need for the requested height. 5. Height Exceptions: Relief from the maximum permitted height of new WTF shall only be considered where clear and convincing technical evidence substantiates a taller height is technically necessary for a specific carrier or user of the WTF for the provision of wireless service primarily and substantially within the town, to the exclusion of any alternative option that is not technologically or commercially impractical, and where denial of a taller height would have the effect of prohibiting the provision of wireless service to the community by a specific carrier or user of the WTF. a. If the requested height exceeds the 90 foot maximum permitted height, the required documentation shall be provided prior to the consideration of a Special Use Permit request. b. In determining the necessary height for a WTF, or the height or placement of a co- location on a WTF, the signal strengths analyzed shall be the threshold or lowest signal strength at which the customer equipment is designed to function, which may be required to be determined by the manufacturer’s specifications for the customer equipment. 6. Balloon Test Required for New or Expanded Towers: In order to better inform the public in the case of a new telecommunication tower or an increase in height of an existing tower, the applicant shall hold a “balloon test” prior to the initial evidentiary public hearing on the application. The applicant shall arrange to fly, or raise upon a temporary mast, a minimum of a 10 foot in length brightly colored balloon at the maximum height of the proposed new tower. a. Sign Required: At least 14 days prior to the conduct of the balloon test, a sign containing the times and date(s) of the balloon test and contact information shall be erected so as to be clearly visible from the road nearest the proposed site and


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


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