This Article establishes the standards for the design, location, installation and maintenance of signs on private property. Signs are an important means of visual communication for organizations and businesses for location identification and way-finding. The intent of this Article is to provide standards that result in a reasonable balance between the right of an individual to identify a business or activity location and the right of the public to be protected from the visual discord that results from the unrestricted proliferation of signs. Regulations contained in this Article are a result of consideration of the compatibility of signs with adjacent land uses and the total visual environment of a particular area and the entire community.The purpose of these sign standards is to:A. Protect the public from hazardous conditions which result from structurally unsafe signage;B. Ensure that signage does not obscure or distract the vision of motorists, such as signs which compete or conflict with necessary traffic signs and warning signals, and which may cause a severe traffic hazard;C. Protect the public from profuse signage which distracts rather than facilitates identification of businesses and other land uses;D. Provide appropriate identification in pedestrian-oriented areas as well as in vehicular-oriented areas, andE. Provide a process for large commercial developments to propose signage that complements and is compatible with the site design and architecture; andF. Generally, ensure that signage is appropriate to a particular use and location so that the cumulative effect is an attractive City environment, thereby reinforcing community values.(Ord. O-2016-17 § 3, 2016; Ord. O-2015-1 § 1, 2015; Ord. O-2014-4 § 4, 2014; Ord. O-2012-24 § 1, 2012).
This Article shall govern and control the design, location, alteration, installation and maintenance of all signs permitted within all zone districts established by this Zoning Ordinance and any amendments thereto except where explicitly superseded by an approved official development plan or as identified in this Article.(Ord. O-2016-17 § 3, 2016; Ord. O-2015-1 § 1, 2015; Ord. O-2014-4 § 4, 2014; Ord. O-2012-24 § 1, 2012).
A. Building Signs:1. Awning Signs:a. Awning signs shall be parallel to the face of the awning upon which such signs are displayed.b. Awning signs shall not project above or below the vertical face of the awning and shall not occupy more than 75 percent of the width of the awning.c. Graphical logos shall be allowed on a maximum of 50 percent of the sloped awning panel area.
2. Major Tenant Identification Signs:a. Major tenant identification signs shall be allowed on buildings containing three or more floors.b. Major tenant identification signs shall be located at the top of the building below the parapet.c. Major tenant identification signs shall not occupy more than 75 percent of the width of the building façade on which it is located.3. Projecting Signs:a. Projecting signs shall be attached to the building façade and must not obscure major architectural details or extend above the roof line.b. Projecting signs shall have a clearance of 10 feet from grade level to the bottom of the sign. Maximum projection shall be 36 inches from the building to which it is attached. A license agreement may be required for projecting signs.c. The maximum height shall be 20 feet.4. Wall Signs:a. Wall signs shall be placed only in signable areas of a building façade, as defined in b through i, below.b. Wall signs shall not occupy more than 75 percent of the width of the building façade of the storefront or tenant space on which it is located.c. Wall signs shall not project more than 18 inches from the supporting wall.d. Wall signs shall not extend above the roof line or parapet wall of a building up to two stories in height. However, no wall sign shall be located more than 25 feet above grade.e. Each tenant is allowed to have a minimum of 30 square feet of wall signage so long as it complies with all other sign standards.f. For tenants in multi-tenant buildings the permitted signage may be allocated to any wall on the building provided the tenants meet all other sign criteria and receive permission from the property owner or authorized manager of the multi-tenant building.g. In the Urban and Transit contexts, flat two-dimensional cabinet signs are prohibited.h. Tenants in the Suburban, Urban, and Transit contexts and the, Commercial and Light Industrial zone districts that are between 70,000 and 100,000 square feet in size may have additional wall signage beyond the zone district maximum up to a total of 300 square feet. No individual wall sign shall exceed the maximum wall sign allowed in the zone district as identified in Table 17.9.2 through Table 17.9.4.i. Tenants in the Suburban, Urban, and Transit contexts and the, Commercial and Light Industrial zone districts that are over 100,000 square feet in size may have additional wall signage beyond the zone district maximum up to a total of 400 square feet. No individual wall sign shall exceed the maximum wall sign allowed in the zone district as identified in Table 17.9.2 through Table 17.9.4.
B. B. Freestanding Signs:1. Pole and Monument Signs:a. No portion of a sign cabinet shall extend into the adjacent right-of-way and must be a minimum of 2 feet from the back of a sidewalk. b. The pole structure and base of a freestanding sign shall be architecturally compatible with the building to which it is associated.2. Electronic Message Signs:a. Electronic Message signs shall be incorporated into a freestanding or wall sign and shall not constitute more than 50 percent of the sign size. b. The text display of the message shall not change more frequently than once per eight seconds. Each message shall transition to the next message instantaneously.c. Electronic Message signs shall not flash, rotate, scintillate, blink, or strobe illumination when transitioning between messages. 3. Menu Boards:a. Menu boards are allowed in the area adjacent to an order station for a drive through.b. Signage or advertising contained on a menu board shall not be readable from an adjacent street.C. Temporary Signs:1. Banners and Banner Flags a. Permits for banners and banner flags shall be issued for any time frame not to exceed a cumulative 90 days in a one calendar year period per tenant. Only one banner or banner flag shall be allowed at any time.b. In addition to a banner or banner flag, a special event sign shall be issued for any time frame not to exceed a cumulative 120 days in a one calendar year period per business.c. Banner signs shall be attached flat against the side of the building or fence. However, no more than one banner can be located on a fence at any time.d. Banner flags shall only be allowed with the written consent of the property owner or the property owner’s management company. Banner flags shall be located a minimum of four feet from the back of sidewalk and shall not be placed in any public right-of-way.2. Portable A-Frame Signs:a. Only one portable A-frame sign shall be allowed per business.b. A-frame signs shall be displayed during business hours only.c. A-frame signs shall be located within 10 linear feet parallel to the front entrance to the business that the sign advertises.d. A-frame signs shall be located so as not to create a traffic safety hazard by obstructing the vision of motorists on private property or public right-of-way.e. A-frame signs shall be located as to allow a 5-foot clear passageway for pedestrians.f. A-frame signs may be located within the public right-of-way, if specifically approved by the City. Portable signs may also be located on the private property where the use the sign is advertising is located.(Ord. O-2016-17 § 3, 2016; Ord. O-2015-1 § 1, 2015; Ord. O-2014-4 § 4, 2014; Ord. O-2012-24 § 1, 2012).
The area of a sign shall be measured in conformance with the regulations identified in this Section. The structure or bracing of a sign shall be omitted from measurement, unless such structure or bracing is made part of the message or face of the sign.A. Area Measurements of Signs:1. Each area of a sign face that can be enclosed by a line or an imaginary line shall be considered one sign.
2. The area measurement of a sign contained within a cabinet or frame shall include the total area of the cabinet or frame.
3. The area measurement of a sign that displays individual letters on a wall, awning or canopy or as pan channel letters shall be determined by encompassing all the letters in a geometric form of no more than 12 rectilinear lines at right angles to each other.4. The total surface area of multiple unit signs includes vertical and horizontal spacing between signs.
5. The area measurement of freestanding and projecting signs that have two parallel faces shall be measured by the area of one sign face. 6. The area measurement of freestanding and projecting signs that have two faces that are not parallel, such as a V-shaped, triangles or cubes, and the angles where the sides meet is greater than 90 degrees shall be determined by the smallest circle, square or rectangle that could enclose the shape as viewed by a viewer.7. Spherical, Free-form, Sculptural and other Non-Planar Signs: The sign area shall be the sum of the areas of the vertical faces of the smallest six-sided polyhedron that will encompass the sign structure and which may be seen at the same time from a viewer’s perspective.B. Height Determination:The height of a freestanding sign shall be measured from the higher of either:1. The top of the sign to the lowest adjacent grade; or2. The top of the sign to the adjacent street, access drive, or sidewalk grade.
(Ord. O-2016-17 § 3, 2016; Ord. O-2015-1 § 1, 2015; Ord. O-2014-4 § 4, 2014; Ord. O-2012-24 § 1, 2012).
A sign is determined to be abandoned at the time the business identified by the sign discontinues the business or vacates the premises.A. Signs abandoned for a period of 30 days are hereby declared a nuisance. The Director shall require the abandoned sign be replaced or removed based on the following circumstances:1. Signs that will likely be used by a new business re-occupying the structure may remain, but the sign face must be replaced by a blank panel until the new business occupies the premises.2. Signs that do not meet the requirements of this ordinance for that type of sign, or for the zone district where they are located, or on sites which will be or have been cleared for redevelopment, must be removed from the property.