Wireless Communications Facilities

County Ordinances
The following items contain information relevant to Wireless Communications Facilities (WCF) in James City County:
Board of Supervisors Policies
Board of Supervisors Policy for Wireless Communications Facilities requiring Special Use Permits:

Location
The table below provides a quick reference to determine if a particular proposed WCF is not permitted/permitted or specially permitted (SUP). Note that if a parcel has been rezoned and is subject to proffers there may be additional use or height restrictions in the proffers.

Tower Mounted Wireless Communications Facilities
Zoning District
Maximum
By Right
Tower Height
SUP required
General Agriculture, A-1
<35’
>35’
Rural Residential, R-8
<35’
>35’
Residential R-1, R-2, R-3, R-5, R-6
Not Permitted
Not Permitted
Limited Business, LB
Not Permitted
Not Permitted
General Business, B-1
<60’
>60’
Industrial (M-1, M-2)
<60’
>60’
Planned Unit Development, PUD
Not Permitted
All Towers
Mixed Use, MU

Not Permitted
All Towers
Economic Opportunity (EO)
<60’
>60’
Public Lands (PL)
<60’
>60’
Research and Technology District (RT)
<60’’
>60’
Residential Planned Community, R-4 with a designation other than residential on a Board adopted master plan
Not Permitted
All Towers
Residential Planned Community, R-4 with a residential designation on a Board adopted master plan
Not Permitted
Not Permitted
a. Towers shall meet the requirements in Table 1 above and the requirements in Sections 24-123 through 24-128.
b. All towers shall be set back from any off-site existing residential structure by no less than 400 feet.

Setbacks
In addition, any proposed tower mounted WCF needs to be able to meet the following setbacks: Setbacks specified for the zoning district; 400-foot setback from any existing residential structure; an occupied school of building used primarily for daycare; and setbacks from all property lines and right-of-ways either 110% of the tower height (if it does not meet structural standards) or 110% of the documented collapse radius (if it meets structural standards).