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The maximum height prescribed in Tables 4.6 to 4.13 shall not apply to:

A. Church spires, belfries, cupolas and domes, monuments, water towers, fire and hose towers, silos, observation towers, distributions and transmission towers, lines and poles, windmills, chimneys, smokestacks, flag poles.

B. Public utility transmission and distribution lines. Said lines shall be permitted in all districts without the necessity of obtaining a use permit, provided, however, that the route of all transmission lines shall be submitted to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation prior to acquisition of rights-of-way therefore.

C. Places of public assembly in churches, schools, and other permitted public and semi-public buildings, provided that these are located on the ground floor of such buildings and provided that for each one (1) foot by which the height of such building exceeds the maximum height otherwise permitted in the district, its side and rear yards shall be increased in width or depth by an additional foot over the side and rear yards required for the highest building otherwise permitted in the district.

D. Elevator and stair penthouses, water tanks, monitors and scenery lofts, provided no linear dimension of any such structure exceeds fifty (50) percent of the corresponding street lot line frontage; or to towers and monuments, fire towers, hose towers, cooling towers, gas holders or other structures, where the manufacturing process requires a greater height. Provided, however, that any structure above the height otherwise permitted in the district shall occupy no more than twenty-five (25) percent of the area of the lot and shall be distant not less than twenty-five (25) feet from every interior lot line.

E. New residential units or additions to existing residential units when these units have or are in areas which have special character or special historical, architectural, or aesthetic interest or value where additional building height would result in a building design more compatible with the dominant building height in the immediate neighborhood, as determined by the Community Development Director. Provided, however, that the building does not exceed a maximum height of thirty-five (35) feet.

F. Telecommunications facilities provided that such facilities meet all applicable provisions of Chapter 14.44 of the Petaluma Municipal Code and this Ordinance.