Sec. 35.1-26.9. Signs in B-1, B-2 and IN-1districts.
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 face area of all signs on any one (1) wall of the building shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet. 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 does not extend beyond the lot line nor shall such sign be 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 twenty-four (24) square feet in surface area. Any architectural or decorative surrounds to support or enhance the sign face may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the maximum allowable sign face surface area. Sign bases, uprights, or poles located under the sign shall not count toward the architectural or decorative surrounds calculation. The overall height of any such sign structure, including its architectural or decorative surrounds, shall not exceed ten (10) feet above the ground.
(c) When a group of buildings is coordinated into a business, IN-1, Institutional campus or shopping area, one (1) free-standing sign structure, permanently fixed to the ground and designed to identify the area as a whole, may be erected on each street on which the area abuts, provided such sign structure shall not be located closer to the front property line than two (2) feet. Such sign shall be limited to two (2) sign faces, each of which shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in area for the first business tenant, but may be increased incrementally by four (4) square feet for each additional business tenant up to a maximum of thirty-two (32) square feet. Any architectural or decorative surrounds to support or enhance the sign face may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the maximum allowable sign face surface area. The overall height of any such sign, including its architectural or decorative surrounds, shall not exceed ten (10) 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, maximum seven (7) feet in height, comply with the historic district guidelines, and receive approval from the secretary of the historic preservation commission. Decisions of the secretary may be appealed to the historic preservation commission.
(e) No building mounted sign 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. (View Building Mounted Signs
(f) 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.
(g) Sign illumination. When any sign is lighted in these districts, 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 residents. Only white illumination shall be used, and no flashing (on-and-off) 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.
(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. Said sign shall not count towards the maximum allowable sign square footage.
(i) For visibility regulations at intersections see Section 35.1-23(j). (Ord. No. O-04-074, 6-22-04; Ord. No. O-13-034, 3-12-13)