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Council Communication



First Reading of
an Ordinance

Amending the

Development Standards

for Wireless Communication Facilities

in 18.72.180

Meeting Date:

November 1
, 201
1

Primary Staff
Contact:

Bill Molnar

Department:

Community Development

E
-
Mail:

molnarb@ashland.or.us

Secondary Dept.:

None

Secondary Contact:

Maria Harris

Approval:

Larry Patterson

Estimated Time:

30 minutes


Question
:

Will

the City Council approve the first reading
of an ordinance
titled, “An Ordinance A
mending the
Development Standards for Wireless Communication Facilities in 18.72.180

o
f the Ashland Municipal
Code”
and
move the ordinance to

second reading
?


Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval of the first reading of an ordinance amending the Development Standards
for Wireless Communication Facilities in 18.72.180, and scheduling
the
second reading of the
ordinance
for

a future
Council meeting
.


Background:

The Planni
ng Commission held a public hearing on October 11, 2011 on the proposed amendments to
the Development Standards for Wireless Communication Facilities, and recommended approval of the
ordinance.


The amendments address the City Council’s interpretation an
d application of the collocation provisions
included in the decision on the appeal of the application to install rooftop wireless communication
facilities at 1644 Ashland Street
(PA #2009
-
01244). The amendments include revisions to address the
three items

the Council interpreted in the findings including defining

feasible
,


clarifying that the
Preferred Designs
section is

a stepped hierarchy, and specifying the c
ollocation study requirements.


The Council’s decision
served as a specific

interpretation of

the Development Standards, and found the
Preferred
Design

section
is

intended “
to be more rigorously applied to regulate the placement,
appearance and impact of wireless communication facilities in a manner which minimizes visual an
aesthetic impacts to t
he greatest extent possible in keeping with the declared purpose and intent
describe in ALUO 18.72.180.A, while providing residents with the ability to access and adequately
utilize the serves that these facilities support.” The proposed amendments are in
tended to maintain the
balance expressed in the Council’s decision between aesthetic impacts and providing residents the
ability to use wireless communication facilities.


In addition to the amendments addressing the Council’s decision,
for applications that do not propose
to collocate facilities, the proposed ordinance includes
a section requiring a third party professional
analysis
of the applicant’s reasons for rejecting collocation

(page 6 of attached ordinance,
18.72.180.D.3.b).

The

requirement for

a third party analysis
was suggested by citizens who

participated in the Planning Commission study sessions and testified at the public hearing on the
amendments.



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Related City Policies:

Ashland Comprehensive Plan:
Chapter
VII The Economy
,
Chapter IX Public Services


Council Options:

The Council may approve, approve with modifications, or
take no action on

the

first reading of
an
ordinance a
mending the Development Standards for Wireless Communication Facilities in 18.72.180.


Potential Mot
ions:

1.

Move to approve first read
ing of an Ordinance Amending the Development Standards for Wireless
Communication Facilities in 18.72.180 of the
Ashland Municipal Code and L
and Use Ordinance
,

and
move to
request that the
ordinance
be brought back for
second reading

on
November 15, 2011.


2.

Move to approve first reading
of an Ordinance Amending the Development Standards for Wireless
Communication Facilities in 18.72.180 of the
Ashland Municipal Code and L
and Use Ordinance


with proposed amendments as note
d
, and

move to
request that the
ordinance
be brought back for
second reading

on November 15, 2011.


Attachments
:


An Ordinance Amending
the Development Standards for Wireless Communication Facilities in
18.72.180 of the

Ashland Municipal Code and L
and Use
Ordinance


Record of Planning Action #2011
-
01175