Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Supplemental Use Standards 3.11 Supplemental Use Standards – Infrastructure



Tower-Sharing/Co-Location 1.

Tower Sharing/Co-Location Required: The WTF shall be structurally designed to accommodate at least six antenna arrays as regards the load and stress created on the structure, with each array to be sited in such a manner as to provide for flush attachments to the greatest extent possible with the minimum separation required to achieve the co- locations in the minimum height possible without causing RF interference or physical conflict. 2. Special Use Permit Not Required for Eligible Facilities: There shall be no Special Use Permit required for an application that qualifies as an Eligible Facility. 3. Variations to Standards: As a means of minimizing the height necessary, a claim of interference because of a need to have greater than 6 feet of vertical clearance between facilities, measured from the vertical centerline of one array to the vertical centerline of another, must be proven by technical data showing that there is no technological alternative that would enable the service to be provided that would require less vertical space. This requirement may be waived, provided that the Applicant, in writing, demonstrates that the provisions of future shared usage beyond 6 users of the WTF is not reasonably feasible. 4. Feasibility for Co-Location: The applicant for a new Tower or other support structure shall provide information necessary to determine whether co-location is feasible based upon the kind of WTF site and structure proposed and the available space on existing structures and approved Wireless Telecommunications Facilities. The same shall be required for a Substantial Modification application showing that there is no alternative other than to increase the height or width of the profile or ground space. The owner of a proposed new WTF, and his/her successors in interest, shall: a. Respond within 60 days to a request for information from a potential shared-use Applicant; b. Negotiate in good faith concerning future requests for shared use of the new WTF by other telecommunications providers; c. Allow shared use of the new WTF if another telecommunications provider agrees in writing to pay reasonable charges; d. Failure to abide by the conditions outlined above may be grounds for revocation of the Special Use Permit. 5. Flush Mounting Required: Unless it can be proven that such would be technologically impracticable, all antennas attached to a tower or other structure shall be flush mounted or as near to flush mounted as is possible without prohibiting or having the effect of prohibiting the provision of service, or provide clear and convincing technical evidence using hard data and a detailed narrative, that flush mounting cannot be used and would serve to prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the provision of service. 6. Structural Engineer Certification Required: The application co-locations on all towers shall be structurally certified by a licensed structural engineer to be in accordance with all local, state and federal structural requirements for loads and stresses, including wind and ice loads and stresses and including, but not limited to the most recently adopted version of all applicable ANSI guidelines (e.g., ANSI-EIA/TIA 222) and any such certification shall be accompanied by a detailed structural report, including all calculations.

I. Removal of Wireless Telecommunications Structures and Facilities 1.

Notice Required: The owner of any WTF or wireless facility shall be required to provide a minimum of 30 days written notice to the Administrator prior to abandoning any WTF or wireless facility.

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


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