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Satellite dish ordinance reaches Simpsonville

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By Scotty McDaniel

The Simpsonville Town Council approved a first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would alter the city’s satellite dish regulations.

The regulation changes are the same that were approved by the Shelbyville City Council in January.

The regulation breaks satellite dishes into two categories, dishes greater than one meter in diameter and dishes smaller than one meter in diameter.

For dishes greater than one meter in diameter, there are several updates.

A conditional use permit now is required. The application fee for the permit is determined by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals fee schedule. A zoning permit is required with a fee determined by the Triple S Planning Commission fee schedule.

Dishes must still be in the rear yard only, not on top of any structure, and theymust be 25 feet from property lines. All wiring must be placed in a conduit, and the dish cannot exceed 12 feet in diameter.

Separate regulations have been created for dishes smaller than one meter in diameter.

A dish smaller than one meter can't be on the front, side or rear of any structure facing a public street on lots less than 5 acres, and it can't sit on the front facade or roof line facing the public street.

The dish must be installed in the side or rear yard unless, as the FCC stipulation states, the placement delays or prevents installation, maintenance or use, or will give an unacceptable signal quality.

In those instances, a signed and notarized affidavit from the service provider must be provided to the Administrative Official stating the reasons why the device can't be installed in the side or rear yard.

Dishes placed before the ordinance wold be enacted are grandfathered in and will not be in violation.

During discussions, the Simpsonville council’s main concerns regarded how newcomers to the city would know about the regulations and how they would be enforced.

“If someone comes in here and moves into a house, they’re not going to know every ordinance,” Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said. “It looks like only if someone complains [about somebody’s dish placement] zoning tries to address it.”

The second reading of the ordinance will occur at the council’s next meeting on at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 18, at Simpsonville City Hall.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

* Eaton said the council took another step in trying to create a downtown district for Simpsonville. The council passed a resolution for a grant that the city is applying for as a part of the downtown project.

The first public input session on the project is schedule for Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Simpsonville Gym.

“We want a plan that comes from the residents and reflects the uniqueness of Simpsonville,” Mayor Eden said previously in a statement.

* The commission was complimentary of Simpsonville residents and city employees for all the work that was done in the community during last week’s snow and ice storms.