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VII Application Process

Applications for a special permit for siting wireless communication facilities shall be filed in accordance with rules and regulations already established in the zoning by-law.

The Planning Board shall hold a public hearing within sixty-five days of filing of an application and shall issue a decision within ninety days following the date of the public hearing.


A.  TO SITE A NEW WIRELESS COMMUNICATION STRUCTURE, the Applicant shall submit:

1.  Site plans and engineering plans, prepared by a professional engineer licensed to practice in Massachusetts, on 24” x 36” sheets at a scale of 1”=40’ or 1”=200’, where appropriate, on as many sheets as necessary to show the following:

a.  north arrow, date, scale, seal(s) of the licensed professional(s) who prepared plans and space for the reviewing licensed engineer’s seal.

b.  name and address of landowner and name and address of abutters.

c.  property lines and location of permanent structures or buildings within 500-foot radius of proposed wireless communication structure.

d.  existing (from a topographical survey completed within 2 years of application submittal date by a professional surveyor licensed to practice in Massachusetts) and proposed contours at a maximum of 2-foot intervals and spot elevations at the base of all the proposed and existing structures.

e.  vegetation to be removed or altered.

f.  plans for drainage of surface water and plans to control erosion and sedimentation, both during construction and as a permanent measure.

g.  delineation of wetlands, if any.

h.  location of wireless communication structure, including supports or guy wires, if any.

i.  plans for anchoring and supporting the structure, including specifications of hardware and all other building material.

j.  plans for accessory buildings.

k.  layout and details of surfacing for access road and parking.

l.  amenities such as lighting, fencing, landscaping.

m.  four view lines in a one to three-mile radius of the site, beginning at True North and continuing clockwise at ninety-degree intervals and additional view lines from any historic, scenic, or other prominent areas of Town determined by the Planning Board.

n.  plans for a well or other water source, if any..

o.  plans for any septic system, if any.

p. plans for maintenance of roads necessary to access and maintain the property.

2.  A map showing areas covered/served by the proposed wireless communication structure and device of different signal strengths, and the interface with adjacent service areas.

3.  A locus map at a scale 1”=1000’ which shall show streets, buildings, and landscape features.

4.  A description of the soil and surficial geology at the proposed site.

5.  A narrative report written by the carrier and licensed professional engineer which shall:

a.  Describe the justification of proposed site.

b.  Describe the structure and the technical, economic, and other reasons for the facility design.

c.  Describe the capacity of the structure, including the number and the type of additional facilities it can accommodate.

d.  Describe actions to be taken if electromagnetic radiation from the facility should exceed levels designated by the FCC.

e.  Describe the projected future needs of the carrier, and how the proposed wireless communications facilities fit with the future projections to serve the Town and adjacent towns.

f.  Describe leasing agreement should another carrier desire to co-locate.

g.  Describe special design features to minimize the visual impact of the proposed wireless communication facility.

h.  Describe in detail the steps which the carrier will follow in the event of an emergency, such as fire or collapse of the tower. In particular, what are the responsibilities of the carrier and how are the town officials to be notified for the safety of personnel, town and personal properties?

6.  Proof of approval of all other necessary permits needed for construction and operation.

7.  If the proposed facility is taller than zone height restriction, after the application is submitted, and not more than 14 days before the public hearing, the applicant shall arrange to fly a two-foot-diameter balloon at the site of the proposed wireless communication structure at the maximum height of the proposed installation. The date and location of the flight shall be advertised at least 14 days, but not more than 21 days before the flights, and again in the public hearing advertisement in a newspaper with a general circulation in the town.

B.  TO SITE A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE ON EXISTING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION STRUCTURES OR NON-RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES, such as buildings, grain silos, steeples, water towers or other non-residential structures, including co-location with another carrier, provided that the new use does not add to the height of the structure, the Applicant shall submit:

1.  Site plans and engineering plans, prepared by a professional engineer licensed to practice in Massachusetts, on 24” x 36” sheets at a scale of 1”=40’ or 1”=200’ on as many sheets as necessary which show the following:

a.  north arrow, date, scale, the seal(s) of the licensed professional(s) who prepared the plans and a space for the reviewing licensed engineer’s seal.

b.  plans for supporting and attaching the device, including specifications of hardware and all other building material.

c.  building plans for accessory buildings, if any.

d.  layout and details of surfacing for access road and parking, if it is to be altered from existing condition.

2.  A map showing the areas covered by proposed device(s) of different signal strengths and the interface with adjacent service areas.

3.  A narrative report written by the carrier and licensed professional engineer which shall:

a.  include a draft of the contract between the structure/building owner (whichever appropriate) and the Applicant.

b.  demonstrate that the wireless communication structure or non-residential structure to which the device will be mounted has the structural integrity to support such a device.

c.  describe actions to be taken if electromagnetic radiation from the facility should exceed levels designated by the FCC.

d.  describe the projected future needs of the carrier and how the proposed facility fits with future projections.

e.  describe in detail the steps which the carrier will follow in the event of an emergency, such as fire or collapse of the tower. In particular, what are the responsibilities of the carrier and how are the town officials to be notified for the safety of personnel, town and personal properties?

4.  Proof of approval of all other permits needed for construction and operation.

5.  If the proposed facility adds more than five feet to the height of the structure at the effective date of this by-law and will exceed zone height restrictions, the Planning Board may require a balloon test as described above in VII.,A.,7.

C.  12 copies of the above information shall be submitted along with the application form to the Planning Board.


 
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