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Local Tower Regulations

City of Lampasas

In the City of Lampasas, antenna regulations are part of the Zoning and Land Use Regulations. The height limitations in the code seem to be mostly related to protecting the municipal airport. Article III §14-81, "Definitions" includes towers in the definition of a structure.

Structure  means an object, including a mobile object, constructed or 
installed by man including, but not limited to, buildings, towers, 
cranes, smokestacks, earth formation and overhead transmission lines.

Article III §14-85 "Height Limitations" addresses the various zones in which height limitations of structures will apply:

Except as otherwise provided in this article, no structure shall be 
erected, altered or maintained, and no tree shall be allowed to grow 
in any zone created by this article to a height in excess of the 
applicable height limit established in this section for such zone. 
Such applicable height limitations are hereby established for each 
of the zones in question as follows:

  (1) Approach zones. Runway 16/34 shall be one foot in height for each 
      20 feet in horizontal distance, beginning at the end of and at the 
      elevation of the primary surface and extending to a point 5,000 
      feet from the end of the primary surface.

  (2) Transition zones. The transition zone shall slope seven feet 
      outward for each foot upward beginning at the sides of and at 
      the same elevation as the primary surface and the approach 
      surface, and extending to a height of 150 feet above the airport 
      elevation which is 1,214 feet above mean sea level.

  (3) Horizontal zone. The horizontal zone shall be established at 150 
      feet above the airport elevation, or a height of 1,364 feet above 
      mean sea level.

  (4) Conical zone. The conical zone slopes 20 feet outward for each 
      foot upward beginning at the periphery of the horizontal zone and 
      at 150 feet above the airport elevation and extending to a height 
      of 350 feet above the airport elevation.

  (5) Excepted height limitations. Nothing in this article shall be 
      construed as prohibiting the growth, construction or maintenance 
      of any tree or structure to a height up to 35 feet above the 
      surface of the land.

Article III §14-88 "Permits" addresses height limitations of structures in the particular zones and their permit requirements:

(a) Future uses. Except as specifically provided in subsections 
    (a)(1), (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section, no material change 
    shall be made in the use of land, no structure shall be erected 
    or otherwise established and no tree shall be planted in any zone 
    hereby created unless a permit therefor shall have been applied 
    for and granted. Each application for a permit shall indicate 
    the purpose for which the permit is desired, with sufficient 
    particularity to permit it to be determined whether the resulting 
    use, structure or tree would conform to the regulations prescribed 
    in this section. If such determination is in the affirmative, 
    the permit shall be granted. No permit for a use inconsistent 
    with the provisions of this article shall be granted unless a 
    variance has been approved in accordance with subsection (d) of 
    this section.

  (1) In the area lying within the limits of the horizontal zone and 
      conical zone, no permit shall be required for any tree or 
      structure less than 75 feet of vertical height above the ground, 
      except when, because of terrain, land, contour or topographic 
      features, such tree or structure would extend above the height 
      limits prescribed for such zones.

  (2) In areas lying within the limits of the approach zones, but at 
      a horizontal distance of not less than 4,200 feet from each end 
      of the runway, no permit shall be required for any tree or 
      structure less than 75 feet of vertical height above the ground, 
      except when such tree or structure would extend above the height 
      limit prescribed for such approach zones.

  (3) In the areas lying within the limits of the transition zones 
      beyond the perimeter of the horizontal zone, no permit shall be 
      required for any tree or structure less than 75 feet of vertical 
      height above the ground, except when such tree or structure, 
      because of terrain, land contour or topographic features, would 
      extend above the height limit prescribed for such transition zones.

  Nothing contained in any of the exceptions of this subsection (a) shall 
  be construed as permitting or intending to permit any construction, or 
  alteration of any structure, or growth of any tree in excess of any of 
  the height limits established by this article except as set forth in 
  section 14-85.

(b) Existing uses. No permit shall be granted that would allow the
    establishment or creation of any airport hazard or permit a 
    nonconforming use, structure or tree to be made or become higher, 
    or become a greater hazard to air navigation than it was on the 
    effective date of the ordinance from which this section was derived 
    or any amendments thereto, or than it is when the application for 
    a permit is made. Except as indicated, all applications for such a 
    permit shall be granted.

(c) Nonconforming uses abandoned or destroyed. Whenever the Lampasas 
    Municipal Airport Board determines that a nonconforming structure 
    or tree has been abandoned or more than 80 percent torn down, 
    physically deteriorated or decayed, no permit shall be granted 
    that would allow such structure or tree to exceed the applicable 
    height limit or otherwise deviate from the zoning regulations.

(d) Variances. Any person desiring to erect or increase the height of 
    any structure, or permit the growth of any tree, or use his property 
    in violation of the regulations prescribed in this article, may 
    apply to the board of adjustment for a variance from such 
    regulations in question. The application for variance shall be 
    accompanied by a determination from the Federal Aviation 
    Administration as to the effect of the proposal on the operation 
    of air navigation facilities and the safe, efficient use of 
    navigable airspace. Such variances shall be allowed where it is 
    duly found that a literal application or enforcement of this 
    article will result in unnecessary hardship and the relief granted 
    would not be contrary to the public interest, would do substantial 
    justice, and be in accordance with the spirit of this article. 
    Additionally, no application for variance to the requirements of 
    this article may be considered by the board of adjustment unless a 
    copy of the application has been furnished to the joint airport 
    zoning board for advice as to the aeronautical effects of the 
    variance. If the joint airport zoning board does not respond to 
    the application within 15 days after receipt, the board of 
    adjustment may act on its own to grant or deny such application.

(e) Obstruction marking and lighting. Any permit or variance granted 
    may, if such action is deemed advisable by the Lampasas Municipal 
    Airport Board or the board of adjustment to effectuate the purpose 
    of this article and be reasonable in the circumstances, be so 
    conditioned as to require the owner of the structure or tree in 
    question to allow the Lampasas Municipal Airport Board to install, 
    operate and maintain, at the expense of the city and county, such 
    markings and lights as may be necessary.

For more information, see the City of Lampasas Website.

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