A. New poles within the right-of-way or for installations in design zones are only permitted if the applicant can establish that:
1. The proposed small wireless facility cannot be located on an existing utility pole, electrical transmission tower or on a site outside of the design zones or outside public right-of-way such as public property, building, transmission tower or in or on a nonresidential use in a residential zone whether by roof or panel-mount or separate structure;
2. The proposed small wireless facility complies with the applicable requirements of AMC 22.38.250(E);
3. The proposed small wireless facility receives approval for a concealment element design, as described in subsection (C) of this section;
4. The proposed small wireless facility complies with SEPA, if applicable;
5. Any new pole shall be installed at the point closest to the side property line so as not to impact the property’s views; and
6. No new poles shall be located in a critical area or associated buffer required by Chapter 16.18A AMC, General Provisions, except when determined to be exempt pursuant to said chapter.
B. An application for a new pole in the right-of-way or for an installation in a design zone is subject to review and approval or denial by the director.
C. The concealment element design shall include the design of the screening, fencing or other concealment technology for a tower, pole, or equipment structure, and all related transmission equipment or facilities associated with the proposed small wireless facility, including but not limited to fiber and power connections.
1. If the director has already approved a concealment element design either for the applicant or another small wireless facility along the same public right-of-way or for the same pole type, then the applicant shall utilize a substantially similar concealment element design, unless it can show that such concealment element design is not physically or technically feasible, or that such deployment would undermine the generally applicable design standards; in such case, the applicant shall propose a concealment element design consistent with subsection (C)(2) of this section.
2. The concealment element design should seek to minimize the visual obtrusiveness of the small wireless facility. The proposed pole or structure should have similar designs to existing neighboring poles in the right-of-way, including similar height to the extent technically feasible. If the proposed small wireless facility is placed on a replacement pole, then the replacement pole shall be of the same general design as the pole it is replacing unless the director otherwise approves a variation due to aesthetic or safety concerns. Any concealment element design for a small wireless facility should attempt to mimic the design of such pole and integrate the small wireless facility into the design of the pole. Other concealment methods include, but are not limited to, integrating the installation with architectural features or building design components, utilization of coverings or concealment devices of similar material, color, and texture – or the appearance thereof – as the surface against which the installation will be seen or on which it will be installed, landscape design, or other camouflage strategies appropriate for the type of installation. Applicants are required to utilize designs in which all conduit and wirelines are installed internally in the structure.
D. Even if an alternative location is established pursuant to subsection (A)(1) of this section, the director may determine that a new pole in the right-of-way is in fact a superior alternative based on the impact to the city, the concealment element design, the city’s comprehensive plan and the added benefits to the community.
E. Prior to the issuance of a permit to construct a new pole or ground-mounted equipment in the right-of-way, the applicant must obtain a site-specific agreement from the city to locate such new pole or ground-mounted equipment. This requirement also applies to replacement poles when the replacement is necessary for the installation or attachment of small wireless facilities, the replacement structure is higher than the replaced structure, and the overall height of the replacement structure and the small wireless facility is more than sixty feet.
F. These design standards are intended to be used solely for the purpose of concealment and siting. Nothing herein shall be interpreted or applied in a manner which dictates the use of a particular technology. When strict application of these requirements would unreasonably impair the function of the technology chosen by the applicant, alternative forms of concealment or deployment may be permitted which provide similar or greater protections of the streetscape. (Ord. 1189-21 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021).