SIGN TOPIC

 

 

 

 

EXISTING ZONING REGULATIONS

 

 

RECOMMENDED REGULATIONS

By Focused Sign Committee

 

 

RECOMMENDED REGULATIONS

By Staff

1.  Neon - revised to "rare gas illumination"

 

 

Bare or uncovered neon is prohibited.

It is permitted, subject to a) maximum brightness standards; b) may not create the effect of animation or movement and c) it may not outline any structure, sign, window or part thereof.

(Staff recommendation is the same as the Committee's)  Bare or uncovered neon is permitted, subject to a) maximum brightness standards of 30 milliamps; b) may not create the effect of animation or movement c) it may not outline any structure, sign window or part thereof.  The ARB wishes to further limit tubes which may be used to frosted as opposed to clear, to further reduce the brightness which is produced.

 

2. Commercial

    Flags

 

 

 

Commercial flags are prohibited.

Commercial flags are permitted, subject to a) maximum of 3 flags per pole with a maximum of 3 flagpoles per lot; b) the maximum individual flag sizes are based on the flag pole heights as listed; c) commercial flags will not be permitted on light posts and buildings; however, decorative banners will be allowed there and d) if there is a governmental flag on the pole, commercial flag may not be larger than the governmental flag.

(Staff agreed with the Committee for noncommercial flags.  Staff recommends fewer and smaller commercial flags than the Committee.) 

1)     Provide an exemption such that these sign regulations shall not apply to noncommercial flags or banners on residential, including multi-family residential, property.  We continue the exemption for governmental / political flags on all property, unless they are used for commercial advertisement purposes.  We have included a reference to the federal flag protocol. 

2)       Commercial flags are permitted as an exemption without a sign permit, subject to a) 1 commercial flag a maximum 24 square feet in size per lot unless the lot is greater than 4 acres and has more than 1 approved entrance on its frontage (the latter similar to freestanding sign provisions); b) commercial flags are only permitted on flagpoles and are prohibited elsewhere such as on light posts and buildings. 

3)       Noncommercial flags or banners on commercial property are exempt from sign regulation if designed with hospitality or seasonal themes which shall not include any advertising, words or logos that may be interpreted as advertising a business, product or service.  They may be located only on light posts but may not be separately illuminated.  The flags or banners shall be installed in a taut manner and are not permitted to flap or otherwise be set in motion by any means.  Pennants are not permitted.  

 

 

SIGN TOPIC

 

 

 

 

EXISTING ZONING REGULATIONS

 

 

RECOMMENDED REGULATIONS

By Focused Sign Committee

 

 

RECOMMENDED REGULATIONS

By Staff

3.  Advertising

     Vehicles

 

 

 

 

Advertising vehicle is prohibited.  An advertising vehicle is either a) inoperative or b) not used for the transportation of the business and parked in public view for the purpose of attracting attention.

Advertising on a vehicle is permitted if a) the vehicle is parked in a space which serves the business, OR b) the vehicle is used in the transportation of the business.  Advertising on a vehicle is not permitted if a) the vehicle is parked so as to be visible from public roads in a space which does not serve the advertised business, or b) the vehicle is inoperative, or c) it is not self-propelled (such as a trailer), or d) the sign on the vehicle is a modification of the manufacturer's profile.

(Staff generally agreed with the Committee's recommendation)  Advertising on a vehicle is prohibited if the vehicle is parked so as to be visible from public roads and a) it is not parked in an approved space OR b) it is not used in the business OR c) the vehicle is inoperative, or d) it is not self-propelled (such as a trailer), or e) the sign on the vehicle is a modification of the vehicle manufacturer's profile. 

      1)  Signs temporarily affixed to an

           employee's private vehicle during

            his/her working hours are not

            considered advertising vehicles.

       2)  Vehicles which are temporarily

            parked at a business to receive a

            service or obtain a product from that

            business, such as during vehicle

            maintenance or a meal, are not

            advertising vehicles at that time.

4. Window

 Advertisement

Only directly regulates signs on the exterior of the window. (We do enforce violations of ARB approvals that may relate to interior signage.)

 

 

(Staff generally agreed with the Committee's recommendation)  Window signs are either temporary or permanent and may be on the door or window.  There is no distinction whether they are interior or exterior.  Window signs are either affixed to or within 3 feet of the door or window and are visible from outside the door or window as defined by "sign."  A permanent wall sign may not exceed the 25% coverage if placed on a window.  We will set a later (60 days) effective date for existing window signage comprised of temporary materials to come into compliance.

 

 

Temporary Signs:  Subject to sign permit (max 4 per year and 15 days per permit) for exterior signs. ARB approval is not required.

Temporary Signs:  No change proposed, continue to regulate only exterior signs by number and duration. 

Temporary Signs:  Zoning would now regulate interior in addition to exterior window signs.  This is a change from current regulations which apply only to exterior signs.  A temporary sign on a window or door is not subject to the 25% maximum coverage.  [Temporary signs are typically not used on windows or door because of the limitations as to size, number and number of days of use.]

 

 

Permanent Signs:  Subject to sign permit for exterior signs.  (ARB approval is required for all permanent signs in the EC.)

Permanent Signs:  No permit is required for signage on windows.  May not cumulatively exceed 25% of the total window and door area on the first floor.  May not exceed 25% of the area of any given window.  These 25% areas may be waived or modified.  Window signs may be placed on any floor of the building. 

Permanent Signs:   (ARB approval is required for all permanent signs in the EC.)  No zoning sign permit is required for permanent signage on windows.  This signage may not exceed 25% of the area of any given window or door glass area.  Open/closed, hours and credit card signs are included in this 25% maximum coverage.  This 25% maximum coverage may be varied by application for a variance.  Window signs may be placed only on the first floor of the building, unless the business does not have first floor space.  In the Entrance Corridor, a permanent window sign may not exceed 9 square feet per business with an exemption for up to two (2) signs per business which shall not exceed 12" by 18". 

 

         Advertising Vehicles:  A) We clarified that a vehicle was either permitted or prohibited but it couldn't meet both standards.   B) We provided exemptions for 1) vehicle modification such as with pizza delivery signs on top and 2) vehicles which are parked at a business to obtain a service or product.  C)  Due to difficulties for enforcement - we did not address how much a vehicle must be used to qualify as legitimately tied to the business or where it could be parked if used in the business. 

         Window Advertisement:  A) We recommend a maximum area and a permit requirement for ALL window signage, however we are not currently staffed to administer and enforce that regulation.  B) We decided that signage, whether affixed to the exterior or the interior of the window, should be treated the same because it has the same impact either way.  C) We find it to be overly burdensome to enforce a regulation which requires us to calculate the window and door area.  This measurement is not typically given on plans and will be labor-intensive.  Instead, we recommend that it be simply a maximum coverage of 25% per window or door area.  D) Window sign are is based on the transparent glass area of a window or door.  E) The 25% window coverage does not apply to temporary signs, although they would rarely be proposed as window signs.  F) We recommend that in the EC, the ordinance incorporate the permanent window sign maximum size allowed by ARB guidelines.

 

 

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