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From: "Alan NV8A" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> That is still not universally the case. Many of the municipalities in W.
> Michigan specifically exempt from all their other regulations towers and
> antennas for TV reception and those used by FCC-licensed amateur radio
> operators -- provided that the towers etc. do not exceed a certain
> height, typically 70ft.
In Midland County, East Central side of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, the
regulations are set by the townships. Here in Homer there are rules that
all structures must abide by. Set back rules for safety and there are no
laws or regs that superceed safety that I know of. However the set back
rules as applied to amateur radio towers only apply to the towers, not what
you have on them. There is a second regulation which also pertains to safety
and that is towers over 80 feet must be installed according to good
engineering practice. (they will take the ROHN catalong specs). Building
permits are required and given only for towers over 80 feet. You could
request one for a shorter tower but you won't get it. So, if you want a 100
foot tower make sure your lot is at least 200 X 200. It's difficult to find
a lot less than 100 X 200 and new ones are coming up with a requirement in
acres to maintain the green belt. If you have a small lot in the city AND
you have good neighbors it only takes written permission from them to wave
the set back limits in their direction.
However: just one township away they have a limit on height of something
like 30 feet. One ham tried for years but never got them to budge. New guy
moved in and it only took him one visit to the board and he had a permit for
either 60 or 70 feet.
The reason for the short limit? That was as high as their rescue equipment
would go. <:-)) All the new ham did was point out the PRB legislation to
accomidate ham towers and they didn't even argue or require any extra
Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
> Holland Township does not want to see a drawing or inspect the
> foundation or any other aspect of the installation. "As long as it's not
> over 70ft., just do it" is the gist of what they told me.
> Alan NV8A
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