DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING
Clark Harrison Building
330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
a. Any tower or antenna located within any zoning district where permitted by special administrative permit shall be set back
from all property lines which adjoin any other zoning district boundary in which telecommunications towers or antennae are also
permitted by special administrative permit a distance of one-third of the combined height of the tower and antenna or one
hundred (100) feet, whichever is greater, except that where any such adjoining property is used for residential use then said
telecommunications tower or antenna shall be set back from any such off-site structure in residential use, including any
accessory structure designed for regular human use, a distance of one-half (½) the combined height of the tower and antenna or
two hundred (200) feet, whichever is greater;
b. Any tower or antenna located within any zoning district where permitted by special administrative permit which adjoins any
residential district shall be set back from any property line of any such adjoining residential district a distance of one-half (½) the
combined height of the tower and antenna, or two hundred (200) feet, whichever is greater; and
c. Any telecommunications tower or antenna which is approved by special land use permit by the board of commissioners to be
located within any residential district shall provide setbacks as required by the board of commissioners in their grant of the
special land use permit, but in no case shall the set back from any property line be less than two hundred (200) feet.
(2) Telecommunications towers and antennas shall either maintain a galvanized steel finish or, subject to any applicable
standards of the Federal Aviation Administration or Federal Communications Commission, be painted a neutral color, so as to
reduce visual obtrusiveness. Said requirement shall not apply to an alternative tower structure.
(3) At a tower site, the design of the buildings and related structures shall, to the maximum extent possible, use materials, colors,
textures, screening and landscaping that will blend the tower facilities to the natural setting and built environment.
(4) If an antenna is installed on a structure other than a tower, the antenna and supporting electrical and mechanical equipment
shall be of a neutral color that is identical to, or closely compatible with, the color of the supporting structure so as to make the
antenna and related equipment as visually unobtrusive as possible.
(5) Towers shall not be artificially lighted, unless required by the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications
Commission or other applicable authority. If lighting is required, such lighting shall be to the minimum applicable standards so
as to minimize the disturbance to the surrounding views.
(6) Telecommunications towers and antennas shall be entirely enclosed by a security fence not less than six (6) feet in height.
Towers shall be equipped with an appropriate anti-climbing device. This requirement shall not apply to alternative tower
structures provided equivalent alternative security measures are installed.
(7) In addition to any other landscaping or buffer requirements that may apply, telecommunications towers and antennas shall be
landscaped with plant material that effectively screens the tower site from adjacent uses. Existing tree growth and natural land
forms on-site shall be preserved to the maximum extent possible. At a minimum, a landscaped strip ten (10) feet in width shall be
provided around the perimeter of the site. Said requirement shall not apply to alternative tower structures.
(8) Telecommunications towers and antennas shall be constructed to the minimum height necessary to accomplish their required
(9) The environmental effects of radio frequency emissions shall not serve as a basis to approve, deny or otherwise regulate a
telecommunications tower or antenna to the extent said emissions comply with Federal Communications Commission
regulations concerning said emissions.