Sec. 35.1-26.11. Signs in B-4 and B-6 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) Box signs, internally illuminated plastic signs, moving signs or signs simulating movement, and flashing signs are not permitted.
(b) 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 face area of all signs on any one (1) wall of a building shall not exceed one (1) square foot per one (1) linear foot of building. For buildings six (6) stories or greater, the sign size may increase twenty (20) square feet per story. No roof mounted signs are permitted.
(c) One (1) free-standing sign, permanently fixed to the ground, may be erected on each street on which a lot occupied by a permitted use abuts, provided such sign does not extend beyond the lot line. Such sign shall be limited to two (2) faces, each of which shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area. Any architectural or decorative surrounds to support or enhance the 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 seven (7) feet above the ground and shall be monument style.
(d) When a group of buildings is coordinated into a business or shopping area, one (1) free-standing sign, 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 extend beyond the lot line. Such sign shall be limited to two (2) faces, each of which shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area. The overall height of any such sign shall not exceed seven (7) feet above the ground and shall be monument style.
(e) Any sign in the B-4 or B-6 districts shall follow the commercial historic districts design guidelines and receive approval from the secretary of the historic preservation commission. Decisions of the secretary may be appealed to the historic preservation commission.
(f) 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.
(g) Sign illumination. Internal illumination of signs is permitted for individual letters or logos. When any sign is lighted, such lights shall be indirect white spot lights only. Only white illumination shall be used. No fluorescent paint or other preparation shall be used for high reflection.
(h) 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.
(i) The provisions of this section do not apply to signs 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.
(j) Additional temporary signs may be permitted as regulated by Section 35.1-26.5. (Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04)
Last updated date: 10/23/2006 4:15:21 PM