City of Ham Lake Aesthetic Guidelines and Requirements for Street Light Fixtures and Poles Installed in Conjunction with Small Cell Wireless Facility Equipment

Document Date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2019

City of Ham Lake Aesthetic Guidelines and Requirements for Street Light Fixtures and Poles Installed in Conjunction with Small Cell Wireless Facility Equipment

 

The City Council of the City of Ham Lake establishes these Small Wireless Facility Design and Aesthetic Guidelines in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens and to reasonably manage and protect the public rights-of-way (ROW) and its uses in the City.

 

These Guidelines apply to all requests to locate small cell wireless facilities within the City of Ham Lake, including equipment installed on public- or privately-owned street lights. All applications are administered through the permitting process outlined in City Code and shall be reviewed and approved by the City’s Engineer. The Guidelines provide the aesthetic requirements and other reasonable conditions that small wireless facilities must meet prior to installation and following installation within the City.

 

Aesthetic Guidelines and Requirements

 

  1. Pole Criteria

 

  1. Only one installation per pole on a first come, first served basis is permitted.

 

  1. In some cases, the existing pole may require replacement with a new combination pole that can accommodate the equipment proposed to be attached and the street light luminaire, signal head/mast arm or other appurtenances (the “replacement pole”). If an existing pole is proposed to be utilized for attachment, detailed engineering calculations shall be submitted by a Licensed Professional Engineer showing that the pole can accommodate the additional loads.

 

  1. The color and surface treatment of the replacement pole shall be uniform and consistent with existing City of Ham Lake street light infrastructure.

 

  1. All pole-mounted equipment shall match the color of the replacement pole.

 

  1. No Company signs are permitted to be placed on a pole, including a replacement pole, except to the extent required by local, state or federal law or regulations.

 

  1. Antennas shall be limited to snug-mount, canister-mount, and concealed antennas and mounted no more than 6 inches off the pole.

 

  1. All cables or wires for the attached wireless equipment shall be located inside the pole except where such cables or wires attach to the ports in the antenna.

 

  1. Height

 

  1. Pole heights shall be the same as all adjacent poles of the same use.

 

  1. All pole-attached wireless equipment must be a minimum 10 feet from the sidewalk surface elevation.
  2. No new wireless support structure installed within the right-of-way shall exceed 50 feet in height without the city’s written authorization, provided that the city may impose a lower height limit in the applicable permit to protect the public health, safety and welfare or to protect the right-of-way and its current use, and further provided that a registrant may replace an existing wireless support structure exceeding 50 feet in height with a structure of the same height subject to such conditions or requirements as may be imposed in the applicable permit.

 

  1. No wireless facility may extend more than 10 feet above its wireless support structure.

 

  1. Equipment Enclosures/Concealment

 

  1. All ground based wireless equipment, including, but not limited to, equipment cabinets or power pedestals, shall be placed at the back of the right-of-way whenever possible. 

 

  1. Equipment enclosures, including electric meters, shall be as small as possible, but in no event larger than 28 cubic feet in volume.  Ground-mounted equipment shall incorporate concealment elements into the proposed design matching color and materials of the wireless support structure, unless other materials or colors are approved by the City.  Concealment may include, but shall not be limited to, landscaping, strategic placement in less obtrusive locations and placement within existing or replacement street furniture.

 

  1. Radio equipment shall be fully enclosed within an equipment cabinet or concealed within the antenna shroud enclosure matching the color and materials of the wireless support structure, unless other materials or colors are approved by the City.

 

  1. Landscaping concealing equipment enclosures shall be planted in such quantity and size such that 100% screening is achieved within two years of installation. 

 

The City of Ham Lake reserves the right to reject any street light fixture proposed to be City owned and maintained and installed in conjunction with small cell wireless facility equipment based solely on appearance and consistency with existing City owned equipment and maintenance capabilities.

 

While the City fully intends to have small cell facilities meet the guidelines established in this policy, there may be times when not every specific guideline may be met. In these cases, City Staff will use these guidelines in approval of small cell wireless permit applications.

 

Document Date: April 15, 2019