This proposed ordinance authorizes (i) a 130-foot tall monopole within 497.7 feet from property located within a Mid-rise Density Mixed Residential Dwellings (SF2) Zoning District and (ii) 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 requirements, this proposed ordinance also allows for a variance from the distance requirements from an SF2 Zoning District. Based upon the height of the tower, it must be located at least 525 feet from an SF2 zoning district. As proposed, this tower is 497.7 feet away from a vacant parcel zoned SF2. Therefore, this ordinance affords a 27.3-foot variance to such distancing requirement.
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 southwest 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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