City of Lampasas
In the City of Lampasas, antenna regulations are part of the
Zoning and Land Use Regulations. The height
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
(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
(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
(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.
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