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§ 265-705        Standards in Residential and overlay Districts

Signage in all districts excepting the Commercial Center CC District and including overlay districts shall be subject to the following standards. 

  1. Stand-Alone Lots. Signs on stand-alone lots, as defined in this Chapter, shall be authorized as follows:
    1. Walls Signs.
      1. Wall Signs may be installed on the building façade of any principal building and other building faces where said faces are oriented to property lines that adjoin properties bearing or approved for the development and operation of nonresidential principal use(s). The minimum sign area allotted shall be 15 feet for each building façade up to a maximum of 400 square feet.  The preceding allotments notwithstanding, permitted sign area shall be determined as follows by measuring the area of the respective building façade or face on which the wall sign is attached.  Multiple wall signs may be installed, the maximum cumulative sign area of which shall not exceed that authorized below. Combinations of sign types may be installed where the percentage allotted for a particular sign type is not entirely used and the unused percentage is converted proportionally to that allotted for the respective additional sign type.  For example, if 3% of a building face or façade is used for a box sign, the remaining 1% allotted equals 25% of the portion allotted for box signs.  This 25% may be applied to the percentage of the face applied to another sign type such as a distinctive materials/design sign where 3.75% (or 25% of the 15% allotted) of the building face or façade may be used for such a sign.
        Sign Type Square Feet of Sign as a percentage of building face.
        Box sign 4%
        Screened box sign with raised or recessed letters 4%
        Raceway-mounted channel letter signs  6%
        Pin-mounted channel letter sign 9%
        Distinctive materials/design sign 15%
      2. Wall signs shall not include changeable copy signs or electronic message centers, except as expressly authorized within this Section as wall signs.
      3. Wall signs representing an establishment located on solely on the first floor of a building be located a minimum of twelve feet and a maximum of twenty from the average grade of the ground.
      4. Walls signs representing an establishment located on the second floor of a building shall be located on the second story of a building shall be located over the header of the second floor and below the second floor cornice line on two story buildings or over the window header and below the sill line of third story windows of third stories.
      5. Wall signs shall bear only the name(s) or logos of the establishments located within the building on which the sign(s) are installed.
    2. Freestanding and Monument Signs on Stand-Alone Lots.
      1. One freestanding or monument sign is authorized in the front yard of each lot where the yard is ten feet or greater.
      2. The sign shall not exceed six feet in height.
      3. The sign area of freestanding signs shall not exceed 16 square feet.
      4. The sign area of monument signs and freestanding signs that are distinctive materials/design signs
      5. shall not exceed 24 square feet.
    3. Electronic Message Centers
      1. Electronic Message Centers shall be authorized as wall signs provided that such do not encompass greater twelve square feet. Messages shall remain stationary and shall not change more than once every five seconds.
      2. Electronic Message Centers are otherwise permitted as up to 50% of a freestanding sign or as projecting signs provided that any such sign does not exceed eight square feet and displays only time and temperature.
    4. Awning and Canopy Signs
      1. Non-illuminated canopies or awnings with no more than 15 square feet of sign (copy) area on the border of the awning may be used in addition to wall signs. Other awning signs or canopy signs may be substituted for allowed wall signs, provided that the total combined number of wall signs and awning and canopy signs may not exceed that authorized for wall signs with respect to the building façade to which the signs are attached.
      2. Maximum Sign Area. Notwithstanding the sign area allotment limitations otherwise applicable, letters, logos, and symbols on awning or canopy signs are limited to a maximum area of 1.25 square feet per one foot of awning length or 40% of the awning area, whichever is less. The total combined length of letters, logos and symbols may not exceed 70% of awning or canopy length. In calculating the length and area of an awning or canopy only the single longest plane of the awning or canopy may be counted. This generally means that the valance and sides (ends) of the awning or canopy will not be counted for purposes of measuring length or area.
    5. Changeable Copy Signs. Changeable copy signs shall be authorized to be incorporated as part of a freestanding sign, provided that the face consisting of the changeable copy sign does not exceed 50% of the sign area of the freestanding sign.
  2. Shopping Centers and Office Parks
    1. Wall signs as authorized for stand-alone parcels shall be authorized on building facades and faces within shopping centers and office parks except that wall signs in office parks shall be authorized at a rate of 75% as otherwise authorized for stand-alone parcels and shopping centers.
    2. One freestanding or monument sign is authorized for each entrance from a public street with a limit of one sign per street where multiple entrances exist on the street.
      1. Monument and freestanding signs shall not be located closer than ten feet to any adjoining street right of way.
      2. Freestanding signs shall not exceed fifteen feet in height. The sign area of freestanding signs as box signs and similar sign types shall not exceed 100 feet and the sign area for freestanding signs as distinctive materials/design sign shall not exceed 150 square feet.   The lowest point of the sign face attached to the sign’s support structures shall be mounted no higher than eight feet from the average grade of the ground. 
      3. The sign area of monument signs shall not exceed 150 square feet.
    3. Each outparcel in a shopping center or lot within an office park shall be authorized one freestanding or ground sign as authorized for stand-alone lots provided that said sign is located within fifteen feet of an entrance from the lot to the internal street or access road network of the shopping center or office park.
  3. Traditional Neighborhood Development.  Signage within an area approved and developed as a Traditional Neighborhood Development shall adhere to the standards set forth for the CC Commercial Center District.