Sec. 35.1-26.10. Signs in B-3, B-5 and IN-2 districts.
Signs pertaining only to the uses conducted on the premises, but not including any roof signs or billboards, will be permitted, subject to the following conditions:
(a) Building mounted signs shall face only upon an abutting street or an abutting parking lot of the same parcel where the sign is located. The aggregate sign face surface area of all signs, including trim or embellishment, on any one (1) building wall within two-hundred (200) feet from the abutting street right-of-way shall not exceed twenty-five (25) square feet plus one (1) square foot for each lineal foot of such wall. In no case shall the sign face surface area exceed one-hundred fifty (150) square feet. The aggregate sign face surface area of all signs on any one (1) building wall greater than two-hundred (200) feet from the abutting street right-of-way shall not exceed twenty-five (25) square feet plus two (2) square feet for each lineal foot of such wall. In no case, shall the sign face surface area exceed two-hundred (200) square feet. For buildings three (3) stories or greater in height the sign size may increase twenty (20) square feet per story above the maximum permissible sign area. Newly constructed groups of buildings shall have unified and coordinated building mounted signs.
(b) One (1) free-standing sign structure, permanently fixed to the ground, may be erected on each street on which a lot occupied by a permitted use abuts, provided such sign structure is not located closer to the front property line than two (2) feet. Such sign structure shall be limited to two (2) sign faces, each of which shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area. Any changeable copy sign must abut or connect with the sign face and the total square footage for both sign face surface area and changeable copy sign surface area may not exceed sixty-six (66) square feet. The changeable copy sign surface area itself may be no larger than twenty-two (22) square feet. Any architectural or decorative surrounds to support or enhance the sign face and/or changeable copy sign face may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the allowable sign face surface area. The overall height of any such sign structure, including any architectural or decorative surrounds, shall not exceed seventeen (17) feet above the ground. (View Changeable Copy Signs
(c) When a group of buildings is coordinated into a business, IN-2, Institutional campus or shopping area, one (1) free-standing sign structure, permanently fixed to the ground, designed to identify the area as a whole may be erected on each street on which the area abuts, provided such sign shall not be located closer to the front property line than two (2) feet. For a group of buildings that is between one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet and two hundred thousand (200,000) square feet, such sign shall be limited to two (2) faces, each of which shall not exceed seventy-five (75) square feet in area plus sixteen (16) square feet for a changeable copy sign. The changeable copy sign must be attached to the sign. For a group of buildings that exceeds two hundred thousand (200,000) square feet in area, such sign shall be limited to two (2) faces, each of which shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five (125) square feet in area plus sixteen (16) square feet for a changeable copy sign. The changeable copy sign must be attached to the sign. Any architectural or decorative surrounds to support or enhance the sign and/or changeable copy sign may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the allowable sign area. The overall height of any such sign, including any architectural or decorative surrounds, shall not exceed seventeen (17) feet above the ground.
(d) Any pole supporting a freestanding sign shall be in an eighteen (18) inch wide rectangular enclosure. The material and color of the enclosure shall coordinate with the sign and/or building. Any freestanding sign in a historic district shall be monument style, comply with the historic districts design guidelines and receive administrative approval from the secretary of the historic preservation commission. Decisions of the secretary may be appealed to the historic preservation commission.
(e) No sign applied flat to the wall shall project more than fifteen (15) inches beyond the face of a building. Signs mounted perpendicular to the building may project a maximum of four (4) feet beyond the face of the building and allow for eight (8) feet of clearance between the bottom of the sign structure and the ground. No sign shall project above the parapet wall of the building.
(f) The provisions of this section do not apply to window signs on the inside of buildings that are further than twelve (12) inches away from the inside face of an exterior window pane, nor to small signs on outdoor merchandise display racks, cases and vending devices.
(g) Traffic direction signs, each not exceeding four (4) square feet in area, and four (4) feet in height may be displayed on any lot zoned as B-3 or B-5 as follows: Signs identifying vehicular entrance to and exit from the lot and signs of the type generally used for traffic control necessary for the safe and proper control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic within the lot.
(h) Sign illumination. When any sign is lighted in this district, such lights shall be enclosed in the sign, shaded or indirect so that the source of illumination is not visible and in no way interferes with the vision of motorists or with neighboring occupants. Only white illumination shall be used, and no flashing (on-and-off) sign, nor any sign simulating movement shall be permitted, except signs indicating time and/or temperature or similar signs erected for the convenience of the public. No fluorescent paint or other preparation shall be used for high reflection.
(i) Neon tubing of any color is permitted on a sign, provided the neon is installed within a channel enclosure.
(j) One sign with the word "open" (neon or otherwise) shall be permitted per use, provided the sign does not exceed four (4) square feet. Such a sign shall not count towards the maximum sign square footage.
(k) For visibility regulations at intersections see Section 35.1-23(j). (Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04; Ord. No. O-13-034)