(1) The purpose of this chapter is to provide a process for permitting the deployment of small cell and microcell technology within the City of Pasco. The goals of this chapter are:
(a) To provide a permitting system for service providers to acquire a franchise to utilize the public right-of-way and a permit to deploy small cell technology within the City’s rights-of-way.
(b) Establish target areas within which specific design standards are applicable to preserve the historic and aesthetic nature of the neighborhoods.
(c) Establish design standards for facilities in both target areas and nontarget areas within the City.
(d) Secure for the City the opportunity for utilization of smart city initiative platforms to enhance municipal purposes.
(e) Provide for an expedited process of review and permitting.
(2) Service providers who seek to utilize the public right-of-way for small cell deployment in order to provide wireless communication, data transmission, or other related services to the citizens of the City must have a valid franchise as required by Chapter 15.40 PMC and a small cell permit to deploy the technology. Entities with franchises who wish to utilize small cell deployment to upgrade or expand their services shall utilize the process set forth in this chapter for implementing small cell permits to deploy their technology and obtain design approval of specific installations. The small cell permit process administers deployment under the franchise. The franchise application and application for small cell permit shall be processed concurrently, together with any required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review concurrently as one master permit within the meaning of RCW 35.99.010(3) and 35.99.030.