City of Geneva, NY
Ontario County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva 2-5-1986 by Ord. No. 86-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 350.
The proliferation of the construction and installation within the City of Geneva of satellite antennas, parabolic dishes and other similar equipment and devices must be controlled so as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Geneva, and to the maximum degree possible, coordinate and control the same so as to preserve and protect the aesthetic qualities of the City of Geneva and its environs. Accordingly, this chapter is enacted to accomplish this stated purpose and intent.
No person shall install, maintain or operate a satellite dish or similar device without having first obtained a permit from the Director of Building and Zoning.
Application for a permit shall be made to the said Director on forms provided by his office and shall include construction drawings showing the proposed method of installation and a site plan depicting the structures on the property and all adjacent properties and all power lines as well as the location of all existing power lines. The said Director may require an applicant to submit such other and further information as may be reasonably necessary to assist said Director in establishing compliance with the intent of this chapter.
The Director of Building and Zoning may either issue a permit to an applicant or disapprove an application. Whenever a permit is granted, appropriate conditions and safeguards may be attached thereto so as to guarantee that the use, location and physical appearance of a satellite dish or similar device shall not have an unreasonable adverse effect on neighboring properties and uses in the vicinity and shall not be incompatible with the general intent of this chapter.
Any satellite receiving antenna in existence in the City of Geneva, as of the date of adoption of this chapter, shall be allowed to remain in the state and condition as it exists as of the date of adoption of this chapter. However, each such antenna shall be brought into compliance with this chapter within one year after the date of adoption of this chapter.
The following restrictions and conditions apply to satellite dishes or similar devices where allowed:
No antenna may be located in a front or side yard nor shall such antenna be substantially visible from an adjoining street or roadway at street level?
Installation on or above any building or structure.
No such device shall be installed on or above any residential building or residential structure but shall be freestanding.
Excluded from Subsection B(1) above will be commercial buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals and all government buildings.
Lots must be of sufficient size to allow for side line setback and setback from existing structures equal to the height of the satellite dish measured from the base at ground level plus five feet.
Maximum allowed is one per lot.
If any modifications are made to the structure, the Building Inspector shall have the authority to require proof that any addition, change or modification is in conformity with the permit and the Uniform Building Code.
The erection of any satellite dish under any power lines must conform with NYSEG rules and regulations regarding clearances.
Any decision or requirement of the Director of Building and Zoning may be appealed within 30 days of written notice of said decision to any applicant to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Zoning Board of Appeals shall have the authority to uphold, reverse or modify any decision of the Director of Building and Zoning.