Buildings and Construction
15.64.030
Exceptions.
15.64.030 Exceptions. A. Temporary Exceptions. The city manager, or his designee, may grant special permission in cases where temporary electrical power or communication service is reasonably required for emergencies or for building construction purposes, or for other temporary purposes, to erect, construct, install or maintain poles, wires and other overhead structures for a period not to exceed one hundred twenty days; however, in the event the purpose for which the temporary exception referred to herein as granted cannot be completed within the period herein provided, because of a shortage of material, a natural disaster, strikes or other circumstances beyond the control of the parties, or by unusual hardships, then the time may be extended an additional temporary period or periods necessary to allow completion of such construction.
B. Permanent Exceptions. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any of the following uses:
1. All electric power lines rated at or above "feeder" line class, upon review and approval by the governing body. For purposes hereof, a "feeder" line is defined as that portion of an electrical circuit which provides power from a power substation and which has a rated capacity of three thousand KVA or more;
2. All telecable lines rated at or above "trunk" line class, upon review and approval by the governing body. For purposes hereof, a "trunk" line is defined as that portion of a telecable system's lines that is seven hundred fifty thousandths inches in diameter;
3. Poles, overhead wires and associated overhead structures, when part of a continuous line, or services to individual properties from such existing overhead lines when such services and lines are within a subdivision approved and recorded prior to the adoption of this chapter;
4. Poles, overhead wires and associated overhead structures, when part of a continuous line, or services to individual properties from such existing overhead lines when such services and lines serve properties adjacent to excepted subdivisions identified in paragraph 3 of this subsection;
5. Radio and television antennae;
6. Structures on corner lots, in streets and alleys, and on easements adjacent thereto, in cases where electrical and communication wires cross a street or other district boundary from an area where overhead wires are not prohibited, may be connected to such overhead wires, and are excepted from the provisions of this chapter;
7. Overhead lines attached to the exterior surface of a building by means of a bracket or other fixture and extending from one location on the building to another location on the same building, or to an adjacent building without crossing a property line;
8. Poles used exclusively for street or area lighting or for traffic-control facilities;
9. Service terminals, transformers, regulators, meters or other on or above ground facilities normally used with and as a part of underground distribution systems, provided such facilities are not located in the required front or side yards;
10. Electric substations and the accompanying equipment and apparatus necessary to provide adequate electric service, upon review and approval by the governing body.
C. Special Exceptions. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the city governing body may grant special exceptions on a permanent or temporary basis to the provisions hereof on such terms as the governing body may deem appropriate in cases of emergency or unusual circumstances to any party to erect, construct, install, maintain, use or operate poles and overhead wires and associated overhead structures. (Ord. 2114 1, 1993; Ord. 1650 1(3-1303), 1984)