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    Sec. 35.1-26.13. Billboards.


    Sec. 35.1-26.13. Billboards.
    All billboards constructed or erected after the enactment of this ordinance shall conform to the following requirements:
    (a) No person shall cause to be constructed or erected in a B-5 district any billboard except a billboard that replaces a then existing billboard in a B-5 district. Any billboard existing in a B-5 district at the time of enactment of this ordinance, and any replacements and any billboard existing in an I-2 or I-3 district at the time of enactment of this ordinance shall not be considered as a nonconforming billboard provided said billboard is in compliance with this ordinance. All other billboards existing at the time of enactment of this ordinance shall be deemed nonconforming billboards.
    (b) Any billboard located within three hundred (300) feet of the center line of, and readily readable from, any limited access highway shall be located not nearer than five hundred (500) feet to an exit ramp. The required distance shall be measured along the center line of the highway, in the direction in which traffic is approaching the exit ramp, beginning at the nearest intersecting point of a line drawn perpendicular to the said center line through the beginning of the nearest exit ramp with said highway. No billboard shall be located in such a manner as to obstruct an existing advertising structure viewed from a point on the main traveled portion of said highway at a distance of three hundred (300) feet approaching said sign.
    (c) Billboards shall be located no less than five hundred (500) feet apart.
    (d) The spacing provisions cited above shall not apply to billboards separated by buildings or other obstructions in such a manner that only one (1) sign located within the required spacing distance is visible from the road at any one (1) time.
    (e) Except on property located adjacent to limited access highways, no billboard shall be located within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any property zoned for or used as a residential development, church, playground, school or public park.
    (f) The area of the advertising surfaces erected on any billboard shall not exceed six hundred seventy-five (675) square feet, and no billboard(s) shall be double-decked, multi-decked, stacked or side-by-side structures with more than one (1) surface area facing the same direction.
    (g) When any billboard is lighted, such lights shall be enclosed in the sign, shaded or indirect, so that they will in no way interfere with the vision of motorists or with neighboring residents. 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 can be used for high reflection.
    (h) The maximum height of a billboard shall be forty (40) feet from the grade of the thoroughfare to which the sign is oriented or from the base of the structure, whichever is higher.
    (i) Commercial electronic variable message signs or digital billboards are legal and conforming and permitted in I-2, Light Industrial Districts and I-3, Heavy Industrial Districts by right. Existing billboards in B-5, General Business Districts may be converted to a digital billboard by right and upon such conversion shall be legal and conforming. Digital billboards shall conform to the following additional standards:
    1. Digital billboards shall not change the displayed message more frequently than once every six (6) seconds.
    2. Display brightness shall not exceed three tenths (0.3) foot candles over ambient light levels. Foot candle readings shall be measured using an appropriate meter at a distance of two hundred fifty (250) feet perpendicular to the face of the digital billboard.
    3. Digital billboards shall have automatic dimming capabilities.
    (j) All billboards shall be maintained by the owner in accordance with Section 33.1-370.2 of the Code of Virginia.
    (k) No billboard shall be erected, rebuilt, altered or relocated without a building permit. (Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04; Ord. No. 0-12-138, 12-11-12)
    Last updated date: 12/12/2012 4:09:18 PM