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CL-2289 New Business   Item #: A.       
Meeting Date: 03/03/2020  
Subject:    Request for a Special Use Permit for a Communication Tower on Parcel ID #73020
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     03/03/2020
SUMMARY
Fullerton Engineering Consultants is requesting a Special Use Permit to allow a communication tower in accordance with Article 2, Section 6a of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986, as amended, on Parcel ID# 73020.  They are requesting the Special Use Permit so that a 150' monopole commercial communications tower may be constructed.
BACKGROUND
Fullerton Engineering Consultants is requesting a Special Use Permit to allow a communication tower in accordance with Article 2, Section 6a of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986, as amended on Parcel ID# 73020.  They are requesting the Special Use Permit so a 150' monopole commercial communications tower may be constructed. The applicant has submitted a site plan and numerous test photos.  The test photos show numerous locations throughout the City with a superimposed tower at a height of approximately 150' on the parcel.  The photos are taken at numerous locations so that visibility of the tower can be determined.  The photos are labeled with the locations that they were taken. 
 
Article 2.R. 8 requires that the minimum setback distance must be a minimum of ½ the height of the tower.  This setback is necessary so that in the event of a failure, a tower that would break in half would be contained entirely on the parcel in which it is constructed.  The applicant has provided an engineer signed letter from the manufacturer of the tower that states their tower will break at 75’, which will allow the tower to break at a point that can be contained within the parcel lines of the property.
To validate the need and use of this new tower, the applicant has provided a commitment from AT&T.
 
At their meeting of February 10, 2020, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Craft was absent) to recommend approval of the request subject to the condition that the tower be a metal monopole.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council grant a Special Use Permit to allow a communication tower in accordance with Article 2, Section 6a of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986, as amended, on Parcel ID# 73020, otherwise known as Grid 1811, Block 005, Parcel 000012 of the City of Danville, Virginia, Zoning District Map subject to the condition that the tower be a metal monopole.
 

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