Athens-Clarke County and Augusta-Richmond County are the only consolidated governments in the study.
Former Mayor Poydashef is inquiring about reducing the distance from 300 feet from a residential structure to the distance requirement in the 1998 zoning ordinance: height of tower length from nearest residential structure. As you will see above, the ranges run from the extreme (height of tower plus 400' in Athens) to minimal (less than height of tower if it has breakpoint design technology aka monopole in Savannah).
The Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) represents the interests of providers and tower companies. Their language suggestion is as follows:
(1) Property Lines. Unless otherwise stated herein, Support Structures shall be set back from all property lines a distance equal to their height measured from the base of the structure to its highest point.
(2) Residential Dwellings. Unless otherwise stated herein, Monopoles, Towers and other Support Structures shall be set back from all off-site residential dwellings a distance equal to the height of the structure. There shall be no setback requirement from dwellings located on the same parcel as the proposed structure. Existing or Replacement structures shall not be subject to a setback requirement.
Regarding collapses, most tower collapses have been lattice/guyed towers. Considerable research has been done on tower collapses and monopoles have shown to be the most resilient type.
The Planning Department recommends that any reduction in distance from a residential structure be considered for monopole cell towers only.