This public hearing allows the public to attend and be heard regarding a request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow for a 130-foot tall monopole within 497.7 feet from property located within a Mid-rise Density Mixed Residential Dwellings (SF2) Zoning District and an adjustment from the fall zone regulation(s) for a 60' x 60' leased area out of approximately 10 acres generally located south of Decker Drive and east of Avenue J.
This application is a request to construct a 130-foot monopole cell tower on the northern border of the property, legally described as Tract 22 in the W Scott Survey, Abstract No. 66, Harris County, Texas. If approved, the “SUP will allow this tower to have additional carriers, requiring fewer towers in this coverage area.” The subject property is in the GC zoning district and monopole towers less than 85-feet are permitted by right. Monopole towers over 85-feet are permitted with a special use permit.
Concerning the "fall zone", with appropriate engineering design the local code reference will not be of concern. Current standards require a collapse scenario as opposed to a linear fall measurement. The applicant has indicated compliance with Section 21-111 Telecommunication tower standards.
Concerning the distancing requirement, the proposed tower location is required to be 525 feet from from SF2-zoned property based upon its height. As proposed, the tower is located 497.7 feet away from a vacant parcel zoned SF2. Therefore, a 27.3-foot variance is needed.
It is not anticipated that the normal and orderly development and improvement of surrounding property will be impeded. There is ample distance between the proposed monopole and residential and commercial/industrial uses. The closest dwellings are approximately 498 feet south west and approximately 958 feet south of the subject property. The commercial/industrial use to the east is approximately 297 feet away and the lanes for southbound Decker Road are 145 feet to the north.
The request is consistent with the Baytown 2025 Comprehensive Plan (Growth Capacity, Land Use, Economic Opportunity, and Quality of Life) and the ULDC.
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