2018 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance

All of our hard work from 2018 to protect Residential zones from the unnecessary and hazardous so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) that is plaguing Santa Rosa is now under attack by attorney Robert “Tripp” May from Telecom Law Firm — the outside advisor hired by Petaluma City Attorney, Eric Danly over strong objections from knowledgeable Petaluma residents.

This is the Ordinance We Achieved in 2018:

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The Petaluma Municipal Code is current through Ordinance 2674, passed November 19, 2018

14.44.020 Definitions.

9. “Telecommunications facility – small cell” means a telecommunications facility that is pole mounted to existing public utility infrastructure.

(Ord. 2662 NCS § 2 (part), 2018; Ord. NCS 2029 (part), 1996.)

14.44.095 Small cell facilities — Basic requirements.

Small cell facilities as defined in Section 14.44.020 may be installed, erected, maintained and/or operated in any commercial or industrial zoning district where such antennas are permitted under this title, upon the issuance of a minor conditional use permit, so long as all the following conditions are met:

A. The small cell antenna must connect to an already existing utility pole that can support its weight.

B. All new wires needed to service the small cell must be installed within the width of the existing utility pole so as to not exceed the diameter and height of the existing utility pole.

C. All ground-mounted equipment not installed inside the pole must be undergrounded, flush to the ground, within three feet of the utility pole.

D. Each small cell must be at least one thousand five hundred feet away from the nearest small cell facility.

E. Aside from the transmitter/antenna itself, no additional equipment may be visible.

F. Each small cell must be at least five hundred feet away from any existing or approved residence.

G. An encroachment permit must be obtained for any work in the public right-of-way.

(Ord. 2662 NCS § 2 (part), 2018)