In the upcoming days, the Administration will be meeting with telecom industry representatives regarding proposed updates to the City Code to conform the City’s telecom regulations to State law. Part of these amendments will include drafting “objective design standards.”
Under Sec. 337.401, Florida Statutes, we are limited to adopting design standards that meet the following criteria:
(r) An authority may require wireless providers to comply with objective design standards adopted by ordinance. The ordinance may only require:
1. A new utility pole that replaces an existing utility pole to be of substantially similar design, material, and color.
2. Reasonable spacing requirements concerning the location of a ground-mounted component of a small wireless facility which does not exceed 15 feet from the associated support structure; or
3. A small wireless facility to meet reasonable location context, color, camouflage, and concealment requirements, subject to the limitations in this subsection; and
4. A new utility pole used to support a small wireless facility to meet reasonable location context, color, and material of the predominant utility pole type at the proposed location of the new utility pole.
Such design standards under this paragraph may be waived by the authority upon a showing that the design standards are not reasonably compatible for the particular location of a small wireless facility or utility pole or are technically infeasible or that the design standards impose an excessive expense. The waiver must be granted or denied within 45 days after the date of the request.