Wireless Communications Facilities on Village Property or Streets
Where Will Small Cell Wireless Facilities be Located?
Generally, wireless companies install Small Cell wireless facilities in the public right-or-way on existing structures such as utility and light poles, or install new free-standing poles. Typically, it is not feasible for carriers to request a location on private property as this requires agreements with individual property owners and consistency with the intent and character of the established zoning for the neighborhood.
Can the City Say "No" to the Installation of Small Cell Wireless Facilities in Village Rights-of-Way?
Federal and State law prohibits municipalities from denying or preventing the installation of Small Cell infrastructure in the public right-of-way and requires treatment of the equipment in the same manner as other permitted infrastructure/utilities. However, Greenwood Village maintains authority to regulate Small Cell equipment based on design and appearance standards.
Does This Mean a Small Cell Facility Can be Placed Adjacent to My Property?
Yes, if there is adequate right-of-way and the Small Cell facility meets the Village Code and Small Cell Infrastructure Design Guidelines adopted by City Council. The Village anticipates that most interest will initially be focused in the commercial areas to address the demands of the networks; however, facilities may be placed in residential areas to improve service coverage and capacity, as deemed necessary by the wireless carrier companies. Greenwood Village Small Cell Infrastructure Design Guidelines
What is the Village's Role and Process with Small Cell Applications?
The Village's Community Development Department will review all new wireless communications applications in the public right-or-way in conjunction with the Greenwood Village Small Cell Design Guidelines, and Municipal Code, developed in accordance with Federal and State law. Federal law mandates the Village grant permits within established "shot clock" time frames which vary depending on the type of facility.
How Will I be Notified of Any Small Cell Applications in My Neighborhood?
All new applications for Small Cell wireless facilities will be reviewed and approved administratively, if the applications meet the Village Code and Small Cell Infrastructure Design Guidelines. However, when a new facility is proposed adjacent to a residential area, a courtesy notification will be provided to the adjacent properties with resources for obtaining additional information on the application. The notice may come from the Village or from the wireless carrier company directly, with contact information for questions on the specific facility proposed.
How do I obtain Information on a Specific Facility, or Contact the Wireless Carrier Company?
Contact information for each wireless carrier company with wireless facilities on (or proposed on) Village property or Village streets are shown below. If a wireless facility is proposed adjacent to your property, a courtesy notification will be provided with resources for obtaining additional information on the application. You can also contact the Community Development Department at 303-486-5783 or email with any questions on a specific facility.
Small Cell Infrastructure and Health and Safety Concerns
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there is no conclusive evidence that cell phone towers pose any danger to public health. Unfortunately, state and local governments are prohibited by federal law from basing any telecommunication decisions on radio frequency emissions. The FCC has been given sole authority for regulating in this area. The most the Village can do is ask carriers to certify that they comply with FCC federal safety standards.
The Village is part of an organization (Colorado Communications Utility Alliance) that advocates updating safety standards for RF emissions. To date, the FCC has not come out with any regulations specific to 5G. To the extent that you would like to see greater local and/or state control over radio frequency emissions and/or urge the FCC to update its safety standards, we recommend you contact your Congressional representatives.
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Building permits are required for new constructions, alterations, or repairs of existing buildings. Also, concrete work, landscaping, and other exterior alterations. Please download our Building Permits Helpful Information handout. If unsure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll gladly verify.
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Inspections are required as part of the permit process.
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- How do I find my property lines?
Obtain a copy of your property's legal description (if you don't have a copy, you may be able to get this from the Arapahoe County Assessor's office or copy of the plat map for your subdivision). You may also want to hire a surveyor to reestablish your property corners and property lines for you.
- How do I find out my property's zoning?
The easiest way to find out your property's zoning is to email Community Development at email@example.com or call 303-486-5783 and request to speak with the day's planner.