Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 6 – 16 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 CHAPTER 6. USE REGULATIONS | Article 6.3. Public & Institutional Uses Sec. 6.3.3. Utilities exceeds 180 feet in height, but is less than 200 feet in height, the tower shall be engineered and constructed to accommodate a minimum of 4 telecommunication users. If the tower equals or exceeds 200 feet in height, the tower shall be engineered and constructed to accommodate a minimum of 5 telecommunication users. k) Unless enclosed by a closed fence at least 8 feet in height to totally obscure the building from view, the exterior appearance of all buildings located in a Residential District shall look like a residential dwelling, including without limitation, pitched roofs and frame or brick veneer construction. The closed fence shall be the same or compatible in terms of texture and quality with the material and color of the surrounding dwellings. For each potential telecommunication user to occupy the tower, there shall be a minimum of 600 square feet reserved on the plans for associated buildings and equipment, unless the applicant provides evidence that less space is necessary. l) Within 6 months after approval of a plot plan for the telecommunication tower, the tower must be installed and operational or the plot plan shall be void. No telecommunication tower approved prior to September 1, 2013, which is discontinued, unused or unoccupied by any telecommunication user for a continuous period 365 days or more shall be restarted, resumed or reoccupied without the prior approval of a new plot plan complying with the then applicable provisions. m) The applicant must provide evidence that the proposed tower meets Federal Aviation Administration requirements, and will be in accordance with all the tower requirements and standards of the Raleigh DurhamAirport Authority. n) For any telecommunication tower approved after September 1, 2013, that is discontinued, unused or unoccupied by the telecommunication user for a continuous period of 365 days or more, the tower shall be removed within 30 days of notification of the property owner by the Planning and Development Officer. D. Telecommunication Tower (250 feet and more) 1. Defined Any structure that is designed and constructed primarily for the purpose of supporting one or more antennas, including self-supporting lattice towers, guy towers or monopole towers that is 250 feet or more in height. It does not include any structure erected solely for a residential, noncommercial individual use, such as television antennas, satellite dishes or amateur radio antennas. 2. Use Standards a. Radio or television or similar reception for adjoining properties cannot be disturbed or diminished. b. The height of the tower cannot exceed 510 feet. c. The lighting of the tower cannot exceed the minimum standards of the Federal Aviation Administration for red obstruction lighting system contained in Advisory Circular No. 70/7460-IF dated 27 September, 1978, as the same may be amended. d. The minimum setback from the outside dimensions of the tower, not from guy anchors, are as follows: i. 20 feet from the property line of any adjoining lot or lot across a street that is vacant and zoned as a mixed use or special district or any adjoining lot or lot across a street that is developed without a dwelling or congregate care facility, unless increased by paragraphs Sec. 6.3.3.D.2.d.ii. or Sec. 6.3.3.D.2.d.iii. below. ii. 100% of the tower height, but no less than 50 feet, from the property line of an abutting Residential District. iii. 50% of the tower height from the property line of an abutting Mixed Use or Special district. iv. The setbacks required b y Sec. 6.3.3.D.2.d.ii. or Sec. 6.3.3.D.2.d.iii. above shall not be applicable to any residential dwelling that is not a permitted use in the zoning district. v. If one or more existing telecommunications towers is to be removed concurrently and replaced by a new tower, then that portion of the required setback exceeding 100 feet in Sec. 6.3.3.D.2.d.ii. or Sec.