Items Types:
Ordinances/1st Read
For Meeting of:
March 28, 2016
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Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: No

Ordinance 2016-39 Amending The Code Of The City Of Orlando, Florida, Relating To Communication Facilities; Clarifying Regulations For Communication Towers; Establishing New Regulations For Wireless Communication Facilities; Amending Title I, Subtitle A, General Ordinances, Chapter 23, Communications Right-Of-Way Utilization, To Include Regulation For Wireless Communication Facilities In Public Rights-Of-Way; Amending Title I, Subtitle B, Land Development Code, Chapter 58, Zoning Districts And Uses, Part 4o To Add Review Procedures And Requirements For The Siting, Design, Location, And Abandonment Of Wireless Communication Facilities; Amending Chapter 65 Officers, Boards And Procedures To Add And Amend Review Procedures For Communication Towers And Wireless Communications Facilities In The Historic Preservation Overlay District And The Downtown Development District; Amending Chapter 66, Definitions


The proposed ordinance establishes new regulations for the installation of private telecommunication infrastructure in the right-of-way.

A new network of telecommunications infrastructure has emerged in response to growing capacity demands. These systems are comprised of a series of small individual antenna locations, or nodes, that are linked to a larger hub site, typically an existing cellular communications tower site. Small Cells are linked to a larger hub site either by fiber or by radio transmission, while systems where each node is linked together by above or below-ground fiber optic cable are known as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). The proposed amendments seek to establish rules for both types.

Small Cell and outdoor DAS nodes can be located in rights-of-way that may already be constrained and crowded by existing above and below ground utilities. Because of the flexibility in design and relatively small footprint, Small Cell and outdoor DAS nodes can adapted to a variety of residential, non-residential and highly urbanized areas.

The City's existing engineering and zoning regulations were developed for traditional telecommunications towers, rather than the smaller and more discrete Small Cell/DAS facilities. Further, the Land Development Code regulates private communication equipment installation on private property outside of the right-of-way. The proposed code establishes regulations for wireless communication facility installations in the right-of-way.

The Municipal Planning Board recommended approval of the proposed ordinance on January 19, 2016 (case LDC2015-00495) (with the exception of the modifications to Ch. 23 "Communication Right-of-Way Utilization" as that chapter is outside of the Land Development Code). City Council approved the MPB minutes on February 29, 2016.

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: N/A

Recommended Action:
Approve the attached ordinance number 2016-39 on first reading and request that the Mayor and City Clerk present the draft ordinance for second reading and public hearing at the next regular City Council meeting.

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

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Contact: Karl Wielecki. 407.246.2726
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 3/16/2016 1:13 PM
City Clerk 3/16/2016 1:22 PM

Name: Description: Type:
Ord._No._2016-39_Wireless_Communication_Facilities_Ordinance_(Final)_(1).docx Ordinance No. 2016-39 Backup Material

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