Chapter 52
SIGNS

Sec. 52-1. Scope and applicability.

Sec. 52-2. Purpose.

Sec. 52-3. Content neutrality.

Sec. 52-4. Prohibited signs and sign characteristics.

Sec. 52-5. Signs allowed without sign permits.

Sec. 52-6. Residential uses and zoning districts.

Sec. 52-7. Public uses and zoning districts.

Sec. 52-8. Signs accessory to office uses.

Sec. 52-9. Signs accessory to commercial uses.

Sec. 52-10. Signs accessory to industrial uses.

Sec. 52-11. Signs in the C/S-3 district.

Sec. 52-12. Master sign plans.

Sec. 52-13. Sign permits, administration and enforcement.

Sec. 52-14. Minor exceptions.

Sec. 52-15. Signs requiring special use approval.

Sec. 52-16. Nonconforming, obsolete, and prohibited signs.

Sec. 52-17. Rules of measurement.

Sec. 52-18. Definitions.

Sec. 52-1. Scope and applicability.

All signs within the Village of Gurnee are subject to the regulations of this chapter and all other provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-2. Purpose.

(a) The sign regulations of this article are intended to balance the public interest– in promoting a safe, well-maintained, and attractive village– with the interests of businesses, organizations, and individuals in ensuring the ability to identify and advertise products, services, and ideas. The regulations have the following specific objectives:

(1) To ensure that signs are designed, constructed, installed and maintained in a way that protects life, health, property, and the public welfare;

(2) To allow signs as a means of communication, while at the same time avoiding nuisances to nearby properties;

(3) To support the desired character of the village and promote an attractive visual environment;

(4) To allow for adequate and effective signs, while preventing signs from dominating the appearance of the area; and

(5) To ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech is protected.

(b) The regulations allow for a variety of sign types and sizes, based on zoning, land use and lot/building sizes. They do not necessarily ensure every property owner or business owner's desired level of visibility.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-3. Content neutrality.

Any sign allowed under this article may contain, in lieu of any other message or copy, any lawful noncommercial message that does not direct attention to a business operated for profit, or to a product, commodity or service for sale or lease, or to any other commercial interest or activity, so long as the sign complies with the size, height, area and other requirements of this article.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-4. Prohibited signs and sign characteristics.

The following signs and sign characteristics are prohibited except as otherwise expressly stated:

(a) Signs that obstruct, impair, obscure, interfere with the view of, or that may be confused with, any authorized traffic control sign, signal, or device;

(b) Illuminated signs within 50 feet of property used or zoned for residential purposes;

(c) Roof signs;

(d) Signs located in or that extend into the public right-of-way (this prohibition does not apply to signs established by, or by order of any governmental agency);

(e) Signs larger than two square feet that are suspended by chains, ropes, or other means designed to allow the sign to swing or move freely;

(f) Signs affixed directly to a tree, utility pole, light pole, traffic control device, barn, shed, or roof of a building or structure;

(g) Signs attached to or painted on an inoperable or unlicensed vehicle (motorized or non-motorized) located in view of the right-of-way;

(h) Signs attached to or painted on a licensed vehicle that is located in a nonresidential zoning district in view of the right-of-way when the zoning administrator determines that the vehicle is parked solely for the purpose of displaying the sign to passing motorists or pedestrians (this prohibition does not apply to vehicles that the zoning administrator determines to be regularly used for deliveries or otherwise integral to the operation of the business);

(i) Signs attached to or painted on a licensed vehicle within a residential zoning district if such sign is visible from a federal, state, or county highway;

(j) Portable signs, including but not limited to, signs on trailers, A-frame or sandwich board signs; paper or cardboard signs wrapped around or fastened to support poles and all other signs or sign structures that are readily portable;

(k) Signs painted directly on the wall or roof of a building or directly on a fence or other accessory structure or directly on any paved surfaces other than required traffic control information;

(l) Neon tubing, LED tubing, and other lighting outside of the "sign area" and independent of any information conveyed by an allowed sign used as an architectural element or feature of a building or other structure, except as authorized by special use approval pursuant to section 52-15;

(m) Off-premises advertising signs;

(n) Back-lit, translucent awnings;

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(o) Balloons and other inflatable objects with a diameter of two feet or greater;

(p) Search lights;

(q) Permanent signs made of plywood, pressed board, MDO or nonexterior grade wood products (the prohibition on plywood, pressed board, MDO and other nonexterior grade wood products does not apply to temporary signs); and

(r) Signs that include flashing lights, projected or moving images, moving parts or that emit noise, except as authorized by special use approval pursuant to section 52-15.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-5. Signs allowed without sign permits.

Nonilluminated signs that comply with all conditions and limitations of subsections 52-5(a), (b), (c), (d) are allowed without a sign permit unless otherwise expressly stated. All illuminated signs that are allowed by this chapter require a sign permit.

(a) Governmental/institutional signs, emblems and plaques. The following signs are allowed without a sign permit:

(1) Signs established by, or by order of, any governmental agency;

(2) Emblems or insignia of any nation or political subdivision, or nonprofit organization; and

(3) Religious symbols, commemorative plaques of recognized historic agencies, or identification emblems of religious orders or historic agencies.

(b) Temporary signs. The following temporary signs are allowed without a sign permit:

(1) One "For Sale" or "For Rent" sign is allowed per street frontage. Such signs must be removed within seven days after the sale, rental, or lease has been accomplished.

a. "For Sale" or "For Rent" signs on lots containing a single-family dwelling unit or zoned for single-family residential development may not exceed nine square feet in area.

b. "For Sale" or "For Rent" signs on lots containing multifamily, office, commercial, institutional, public or industrial use or that are zoned for multifamily, office, commercial, institutional, public or industrial use may not exceed the greater of 32 square feet or 0.25 square foot of sign area per each linear foot of street frontage for the first 150 feet of street frontage and 0.10 square foot of sign area for each linear foot of street frontage for street frontage in excess of 150 feet. These area calculations must be based on the street frontage to which the sign is oriented. No such sign may exceed 150 square feet in area.

(2) One construction sign is allowed per street frontage during the time that construction or development activity is occurring on the subject lot, as follows:

a. Construction signs on a lot containing a single-family dwelling unit or a lot zoned for single-family residential development may not exceed 12 square feet in area.

b. Construction signs on a lot containing multifamily residential, office, institutional, public, commercial or industrial uses or a lot zoned for such uses may not exceed 32 square feet in area.

(3) Temporary banners, streamers, and balloons with a diameter of less than two feet may be allowed for special events such as grand openings, special promotions and similar events. These signs may be in place no more than 14 days per calendar year, and a sign permit must be obtained prior to their display.

(4) Temporary campaign (candidate or ballot issue) signs are allowed for a period of not more than 60 days before an election, referendum, or similar voting event. Temporary campaign signs must be set back at least 12 feet from all public rights-of-way and must be removed no later than five days after the voting event.

(5) Temporary window signs are allowed when a sale of goods or services is being conducted by a business establishment located on the premises. Such signs are allowed in addition to all other authorized signs, provided they do not exceed 33 percent of the area of the window to which they are affixed. Temporary window signs may not exceed 64 square feet in area, regardless of the size of the window to which it is affixed, and no establishment may have more than 100 square feet of temporary window signs displayed at any one time. No temporary window sign may be affixed to the exterior of any window, wall or other exterior surface of the structure. Temporary window signs that advertise or pertain to sales or events that have already occurred or that are substantially tattered, discolored, frayed, ripped, or otherwise in a state of visible disrepair are prohibited and must be removed.

(6) Holiday decorations on private property clearly incidental, customary, and commonly associated with national, local or religious holidays are allowed, provided they are displayed for a period of not more than 30 days for each holiday.

(c) Directional signs.

(1) One directional sign may be installed at each vehicle entrance and exit. Such signs may be illuminated, but they may not exceed three square feet in area or three feet in height. Commercial messages may comprise no more than 50 percent of the area of a directional sign.

(2) Off-street parking areas with a capacity of more than five vehicles may display signs that do not exceed four square feet in area or five feet in height. Such signs are intended to direct and inform patrons and visitors about parking rates and rules, the location of stairways and elevators, pedestrian routes, restrooms, telephones, and other facilities. Such signs may not be illuminated or contain any commercial message.

(d) Other signs. The following signs are allowed without a sign permit:

(1) Signs that are not visible from any public thoroughfare or right-of-way or from beyond the boundaries of the lot or parcel;

(2) Signs within completely enclosed buildings that are not visible from the outside;

(3) Wall signs identifying allowed home occupations, provided that no home occupation signs may be illuminated or exceed two square feet in area;

(4) Address signs and name plates not exceeding two square feet in area are allowed for each residential, office, commercial, institutional, public or industrial building;

(5) Memorial signs or tablets, names of buildings and date of erection, provided they are cut into a masonry surface or inlaid so as to be part of a building or provided they are constructed of bronze or other noncombustible material not more than four square feet in area;

(6) "No trespassing," "No dumping" and similar warning/security signs that do not to exceed four square feet in area;

(7) Warning signs installed by utility companies; and

(8) Nonilluminated awnings with no more than six square feet of sign (copy) area on the border of the awning.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-6. Residential uses and zoning districts.

The regulations of this section apply to signs accessory to residential uses in all zoning districts and to all signs in residential zoning districts.

(a) General. Signs accessory to residential uses are subject to the regulations of section 52-5, which allows real estate (for sale/for rent) signs, home occupation signs and other signs typically associated with residential uses. All freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from any street right-of-way.

(b) Neighborhood/subdivision identification signs. Neighborhood or subdivision identification signs are allowed as entrance features to neighborhoods or subdivisions. Neighborhood/subdivision identification signs:

(1) Must be monument signs; and

(2) May not exceed eight feet in height or 40 square feet of area.

(c) Nonresidential uses in residential districts.

(1) Nonresidential uses allowed by right.

a. Wall signs. Nonresidential uses that are allowed by right in residential zoning districts may have a maximum of one wall sign per public building entrance. Wall signs may not exceed 50 square feet in area.

b. Freestanding signs. Nonresidential uses that are allowed by right in residential zoning districts may have one monument sign per street frontage. Allowed monument signs may not exceed 40 square feet in area or eight feet in height. All freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from any street right-of-way.

(2) Nonresidential uses allowed by special use permit. Signs regulations for nonresidential uses that require special use approval in residential districts must be established during the special use review and approval process. A master sign plan (see section 52-12) must be reviewed and approved as part of the special use approval process. Such signs are in addition to signs that may be allowed under section 52-5.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-7. Public uses and zoning districts.

The regulations of this section apply to signs accessory to public uses in all zoning districts and to all signs in the public zoning district.

(a) Uses allowed by right. The following regulations apply in the public zoning district to any use allowed by right. They also apply to public uses allowed by right in any other (non-public) zoning district.

(1) Wall signs. Uses that are allowed by right may have a maximum of one wall sign per public building entrance. Wall signs may not exceed 50 square feet in area.

(2) Freestanding signs. Uses that are allowed by right may have one monument sign per street frontage. Allowed monument signs may not exceed 40 square feet in area or eight feet in height. All freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from any street right-of-way.

(b) Uses allowed by special use permit. Signs regulations for uses that require special use approval in the Public zoning district and for public uses that require special use approval in any other (non-public) zoning district must be established during the special use review and approval process. A master sign plan (see section 52-12) must be reviewed and approved as part of the special use approval process. Such signs are in addition to signs that may be allowed under section 52-5.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-8. Signs accessory to office uses.

The regulations of this section apply to signs accessory to office uses in all office, commercial and industrial zoning districts, except the C/S-3 district. Office uses in the C/S-3 district are subject to the regulations of section 52-11. Office uses in residential or public zoning districts are subject to the sign regulations of subsection 52-6(c) or section 52-7, respectively.

(a) Wall signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one wall sign is allowed per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for "building frontage" calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. Except as expressly stated in subsection 52-8(a)(3), the cumulative maximum area of all allowed wall signs is determined by multiplying the applicable maximum sign area ratio by the length of the subject building frontage. Different sign area ratios are established for different sign types, as follows:

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Maximum Sign Area Ratio (sq. ft. of sign area per foot of building frontage)
Wall Sign Type 1st 100 feet of Building Frontage Building Frontage in Excess of 100 feet
Box sign 0.40 0.20
Screened box sign w/raised or recessed letters 0.60 0.30
Raceway-mounted channel letter sign 1.00 0.50
Pin-mounted channel letter sign 1.25 0.60
Distinctive materials/design sign 1.50 0.75
Other (unclassified) sign 0.40 0.20

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(3) Alternative maximum area. Regardless of the maximum wall sign area allowance calculated pursuant to subsection 52-8(a)(2), the maximum area of a wall sign may not exceed 200 square feet. Conversely, all allowed wall signs may be at least 15 square feet in area.

(4) Location. Except as otherwise expressly stated, wall signs may be placed on any wall as long as the sign does not cover more than 15 percent of the area of the wall or more than 70 percent of the building frontage to which it is attached.

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(b) Awning and canopy signs.

(1) When allowed. Nonilluminated awnings with no more than six 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 one per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for "building frontage" calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. Letters, logos, and symbols on awning or canopy signs are limited to a maximum area of one square foot per one foot of awning length or 25 percent of the awning area, whichever is less. The total combined length of letters, logos and symbols may not exceed 70 percent 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.

(c) Freestanding signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one freestanding sign is allowed per lot. If a lot has more than 1,000 feet of street frontage, a maximum of two freestanding signs are allowed.

(2) Maximum area. Freestanding signs are subject to the following maximum sign area standards:
Freestanding Sign Type Maximum Area (sq. ft)
Box sign 50
Screened box sign with raised or recessed letters 75
Distinctive materials/design sign 95
Other (unclassified) sign 50

(3) Maximum height. Freestanding signs may not exceed ten feet in height.

(4) Location. Freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from all public rights-of-way and from the back of curb or outer edge of all driveways. Freestanding signs must set back at least 50 feet from all residential zoning districts.

(5) Design.

a. Poles or pylons used to support freestanding signs must be covered or concealed by a decorative cover that is architecturally compatible with the overall design of the sign and the architectural character of buildings on the site, in terms of style, colors, and materials.

b. The ground area surrounding the base of all freestanding signs must be landscaped. The landscape area must be at least as large as the sign area. The landscape area must include at least one shrub per ten square feet of landscape area. Shrubs must have a minimum height of 18 inches at the time of planting. The remaining landscape area must be landscaped with perennial plants or ornamental grasses. Landscape plans, indicating the type, size and location of plant materials must be submitted with the sign permit application. The zoning administrator is authorized to approve alternative landscape or base treatments if the zoning administrator determines that landscaping at the base of the freestanding sign is impractical because of soil conditions, space constraints or other factors beyond the reasonable control of the applicant. Alternative landscape treatments may include reducing the size of the landscape area in exchange for additional plant material or higher quality or larger plant material, the use of masonry materials to conceal the base of the sign or other treatments at the base of the sign that provide an equivalent or higher level of visual amenity than the otherwise required sign base landscaping requirements.

(6) Legibility. All letters and numbers on freestanding signs must be at least eight inches in height.

(7) Address. All freestanding signs must include the street address (number) of the subject property. Street address numbers will not be counted as part of the sign's area.

(d) Multitenant office developments. Multitenant office developments are subject to the regulations of subsections 52-8(a), (b), and (c), except as expressly modified or supplemented by the regulations of this subsection.

(1) Tenant information. At least 40 percent of the total sign area on a freestanding sign within a multitenant office development must be devoted to the name and address of the development. No more than four tenant panels are permitted per sign face. Tenant panels may be used for the display of leasing information pertaining to the development.

(2) Directory signs. In addition to other allowed signs, multitenant office developments may have up to one directory sign for each building within the development. Directory signs may not exceed 15 square feet in area and, if freestanding, may not exceed six feet in height. Directory signs are intended to convey information to pedestrians and motorists within the boundaries of the development and therefore may not be located or oriented to be visible from off site. Directory signs are not subject to minimum letter/number height requirements.

(3) Freestanding signs on outlots and outparcels. Freestanding signs are not permitted on outlots or outparcels in multitenant office developments, unless the area of the outlot or outparcel exceeds five acres in area and all buildings on the outlot or outparcel are located more than 300 feet from the right-of-way of the highest classification street abutting the lot or parcel.

(4) Master sign plans. Master sign plans are required for multitenant developments in accordance with section 52-12.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-9. Signs accessory to commercial uses.

The regulations of this section apply to signs accessory to commercial uses in commercial zoning districts. Commercial uses in office districts are subject to the regulations that apply to office uses pursuant to section 52-8. Commercial uses in industrial districts are subject to the regulations that apply to industrial uses pursuant to section 52-10. Commercial uses in the C/S-3 district are subject to the regulations of section 52-11.

(a) Wall signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one wall sign is allowed per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for "building frontage" calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. Except as expressly stated in subsection 52-9(a)(3), the cumulative maximum area of all allowed wall signs is determined by multiplying the applicable maximum sign area ratio by the length of the subject building frontage. Different sign area ratios are established for different sign types, as follows:

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Maximum Sign Area Ratio (sq. ft. of sign area per foot of building frontage)
Wall Sign Type 1st 100 feet of Building Frontage Building Frontage in Excess of 100 feet
Box sign 0.50 0.25
Screened box sign w/ raised or recessed letters 0.70 0.35
Raceway-mounted channel letter signs 1.25 0.60
Pin-mounted channel letter sign 1.50 0.75
Distinctive materials/design sign 1.75 0.90
Other (unclassified) sign 0.50 0.25

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(3) Alternative maximum area. Regardless of the maximum wall sign area allowance calculated pursuant to subsection 52-9(a)(2), the maximum area of a wall sign may not exceed 200 square feet. Conversely, all allowed wall signs may be at least 15 square feet in area.

(4) Location. Except as otherwise expressly stated, wall signs may be placed on any wall as long as the sign does not cover more than 15 percent of the area of the wall or more than 70 percent of the building frontage to which it is attached.

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(b) Awning and canopy signs.

(1) When allowed. Nonilluminated awnings with no more than six 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 one per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for building frontage calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. 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 25 percent of the awning area, whichever is less. The total combined length of letters, logos and symbols may not exceed 70 percent 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.

(c) Freestanding signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one freestanding sign is allowed per lot. If a lot has more than 1,000 feet of street frontage, a maximum of two freestanding signs are allowed.

(2) Maximum area. Freestanding signs are subject to the following maximum sign area standards:
Freestanding Sign Type Maximum Area (sq. ft)
Box sign 60
Screened box sign with raised or recessed letters 90
Distinctive materials/design sign 150
Other (unclassified) sign 60

(3) Maximum height. Freestanding signs may not exceed 12 feet in height.

(4) Location. Freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from all public rights-of-way and from the back of curb or outer edge of all driveways. Freestanding signs must set back at least 50 feet from all residential zoning districts.

(5) Design.

a. Poles or pylons used to support freestanding signs must be covered or concealed by a decorative cover that is architecturally compatible with the overall design of the sign and the architectural character of buildings on the site, in terms of style, colors, and materials.

b. The ground area surrounding the base of all freestanding signs must be landscaped. The landscape area must be at least as large as the sign area. The landscape area must include shrubs, perennial and/or annual flowers, ornamental grasses, and/or vegetative ground cover. Landscape plans, indicating plant materials and location must be submitted with the sign permit application. The zoning administrator is authorized to approve alternative landscape or base treatments if the zoning administrator determines that landscaping at the base of the freestanding sign is impractical because of soil conditions, space constraints or other factors beyond the reasonable control of the applicant. Alternative landscape treatments may include additional landscaping elsewhere on the site, the use of masonry materials to conceal the base of the sign or other treatments that provide an equivalent or higher level of visual amenity than the otherwise required sign base landscaping requirements.

(6) Legibility. All letters and numbers on freestanding signs must be at least eight inches in height.

(7) Address. All freestanding signs must include the street address (number) of the subject property. Street address numbers will not be counted as part of the sign's area.

(d) Menu board signs. Menu board signs accessory to allowed drive-through uses are permitted in addition to other allowed signs, as follows:

(1) Number and dimensions.

a. Primary menu board. One primary menu board not to exceed 36 square feet in area or eight feet in height is allowed per order station up to a maximum of two primary menu boards.

b. Secondary menu board. One secondary menu board not to exceed 15 square feet in area or six feet in height is allowed.

(2) Residential separation. Menu board signs must be set back at least 75 feet from residential zoning districts.

(3) Visibility. Menu board signs are intended to convey information to motorists within the boundaries of the development and therefore may not be located or oriented to be visible from off site.

(4) Letter height. Menu board signs are not subject to minimum letter/number height requirements.

(e) Multitenant commercial developments. Multitenant commercial developments are subject to the regulations of subsections 52-9(a), (b) and (c), except as expressly modified or supplemented by the regulations of this subsection.

(1) Tenant information. At least 40 percent of the total sign area on a freestanding sign within a multitenant commercial development must be devoted to the name and address of the development. No more than four tenant panels are permitted per sign face. Tenant panels may be used for the display of leasing information pertaining to the development.

(2) Directory signs. In addition to other allowed signs, multitenant commercial developments may have up to one directory sign for each building within the development. Directory signs may not exceed 15 square feet in area and, if freestanding, may not exceed six feet in height. Directory signs are intended to convey information to pedestrians and motorists within the boundaries of the development and therefore may not be located or oriented to be visible from off site. Directory signs are not subject to minimum letter/number height requirements.

(3) Freestanding signs on outlots and outparcels. Except as allowed by the menu board sign provisions of subsection 52-9(d), freestanding signs are not permitted on outlots or outparcels in multitenant commercial developments, unless the area of the outlot or outparcel exceeds five acres in area and all buildings on the outlot or outparcel are located more than 300 feet from the right-of-way of the highest classification street abutting the lot or parcel.

(4) Master sign plans. Master sign plans are required for multitenant developments in accordance with section 52-12.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-10. Signs accessory to industrial uses.

The regulations of this section apply to signs accessory to industrial uses in all office, commercial and industrial zoning districts.

(a) Wall signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one wall sign is allowed per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for building frontage calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. Except as expressly stated in subsection 52-10(a)(3), the cumulative maximum area of all allowed wall signs is determined by multiplying the applicable maximum sign area ratio by the length of the subject building frontage. Different sign area ratios are established for different sign types, as follows:

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Maximum Sign Area Ratio (sq. ft. of sign area per foot of building frontage)
Wall Sign Type 1st 100 feet of Building Frontage Building Frontage in Excess of 100 feet
Box sign 0.50 0.25
Screened box sign with raised or recessed letters 0.70 0.35
Raceway-mounted channel letter signs 1.25 0.60
Pin-mounted channel letter sign 1.50 0.75
Distinctive materials/design sign 1.75 0.90
Other (unclassified) sign 0.50 0.25

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(3) Alternative maximum area. Regardless of the maximum wall sign area allowance calculated pursuant to subsection 52-10(a)(2), the maximum area of a wall sign may not exceed 200 square feet. Conversely, all allowed wall signs may be at least 15 square feet in area.

(4) Location. Except as otherwise expressly stated, wall signs may be placed on any wall as long as the sign does not cover more than 15 percent of the area of the wall or more than 70 percent of the building frontage to which it is attached.

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(b) Awning and canopy signs.

(1) When allowed. Nonilluminated awnings with no more than six 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 one per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for building frontage calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. 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 25 percent of the awning area, whichever is less. The total combined length of letters, logos and symbols may not exceed 70 percent 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.

(c) Freestanding signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one freestanding sign is allowed per lot. If a lot has more than 1,000 feet of street frontage, a maximum of two freestanding signs are allowed.

(2) Maximum area. Freestanding signs are subject to the following maximum sign area standards:
Freestanding Sign Type Maximum Area (sq. ft)
Box sign 50
Screened box sign with raised or recessed letters 75
Distinctive materials/design sign 95
Other (unclassified) sign 50

(3) Maximum height. Freestanding signs must be monument signs and may not exceed ten feet in height.

(4) Location. Freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from all public rights-of-way and from the back of curb or outer edge of all driveways. Freestanding signs must set back at least 50 feet from all residential zoning districts.

(5) Design.

a. Poles or pylons used to support freestanding signs must be covered or concealed by a decorative cover that is architecturally compatible with the overall design of the sign and the architectural character of buildings on the site, in terms of style, colors, and materials.

b. The ground area surrounding the base of all freestanding signs must be landscaped. The landscape area must be at least as large as the sign area. The landscape area must include shrubs, perennial and/or annual flowers, ornamental grasses, and/or vegetative ground cover. Landscape plans, indicating plant materials and location must be submitted with the sign permit application. The zoning administrator is authorized to approve alternative landscape or base treatments if the zoning administrator determines that landscaping at the base of the freestanding sign is impractical because of soil conditions, space constraints or other factors beyond the reasonable control of the applicant. Alternative landscape treatments may include additional landscaping elsewhere on the site, the use of masonry materials to conceal the base of the sign or other treatments that provide an equivalent or higher level of visual amenity than the otherwise required sign base landscaping requirements.

(6) Legibility. All letters and numbers on freestanding signs must be at least eight inches in height.

(7) Address. All freestanding signs must include the street address (number) of the subject property. Street address numbers will not be counted as part of the sign's area.

(d) Multitenant industrial developments. Multitenant industrial developments are subject to the regulations of subsections 52-10(a), (b), and (c), except as expressly modified or supplemented by the regulations of this subsection.

(1) Tenant information. At least 40 percent of the total sign area on a freestanding sign within a multitenant office development must be devoted to the name and address of the development. No more than four tenant panels are permitted per sign face. Tenant panels may be used for the display of leasing information pertaining to the development.

(2) Directory signs. In addition to other allowed signs, multitenant industrial developments may have up to one directory sign for each building within the development. Directory signs may not exceed 15 square feet in area and, if freestanding, may not exceed six feet in height. Directory signs are intended to convey information to pedestrians and motorists within the boundaries of the development and therefore may not be located or oriented to be visible from off site. Directory signs are not subject to minimum letter/number height requirements.

(3) Freestanding signs on outlots and outparcels. Freestanding signs are not permitted on outlots or outparcels in multitenant industrial developments, unless the area of the outlot or outparcel exceeds five acres in area and all buildings on the outlot or outparcel are located more than 300 feet from the right-of-way of the highest classification street abutting the lot or parcel.

(4) Master sign plans. Master sign plans are required for multitenant developments in accordance with section 52-12.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-11. Signs in the C/S-3 district.

Special sign regulations are established for the C/S-3, village center residence/business district. In the event of conflict between special sign regulations of this section and the regulations of other sections of this chapter, the special sign regulations of this section govern.

(a) Wall signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one wall sign is allowed per principal building.

(2) Maximum area. The total cumulative area of all allowed wall signs in C/S-3 districts may not exceed 0.2 square foot in area for each one building frontage for the first 100 feet of building frontage, plus 0.1 square foot of sign area for each foot of building frontage in excess of 100 feet. Regardless of the maximum wall sign area allowance calculated pursuant to this paragraph, no wall sign in the C/S-3 district may exceed 75 square feet in area. Conversely, all allowed wall signs may be at least 15 square feet in area.

(3) Location. Except as otherwise expressly stated, wall signs may be placed on any wall as long as the sign does not cover more than 15 percent of the wall area or more than 70 percent of the building frontage to which it is attached.

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(4) Materials and design. Only distinctive materials/design signs are allowed in the C/S-3 district.

(b) Awning or canopy signs.

(1) When allowed. Nonilluminated awnings with no more than six 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 one per 100 feet of building frontage or fraction thereof. See subsection 52-17(b) for building frontage calculation rules.

(2) Maximum area. Letters, logos, and symbols on awning or canopy signs are limited to a maximum area of 0.2 square foot per one foot of awning length or ten percent of the awning area, whichever is less. The total combined length of letters, logos and symbols may not exceed 70 percent 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.

(c) Freestanding signs.

(1) Maximum number. A maximum of one freestanding sign is allowed per lot.

(2) Maximum area. Freestanding signs may not exceed 15 square feet in area.

(3) Maximum height. Freestanding signs may not exceed six feet in height.

(4) Location. Freestanding signs must be set back at least 12 feet from all public rights-of-way and from the back of curb or outer edge of all driveways.

(5) Design.

a. Poles or pylons used to support freestanding signs must be covered or concealed by a decorative cover that is architecturally compatible with the overall design of the sign and the architectural character of buildings on the site, in terms of style, colors, and materials.

b. The ground area surrounding the base of all freestanding signs must be landscaped. The landscape area must be at least as large as the sign area. The landscape area must include shrubs, perennial and/or annual flowers, ornamental grasses, and/or vegetative ground cover. Landscape plans, indicating plant materials and location must be submitted with the sign permit application. The zoning administrator is authorized to approve alternative landscape or base treatments if the zoning administrator determines that landscaping at the base of the freestanding sign is impractical because of soil conditions, space constraints or other factors beyond the reasonable control of the applicant. Alternative landscape treatments may include additional landscaping elsewhere on the site, the use of masonry materials to conceal the base of the sign or other treatments that provide an equivalent or higher level of visual amenity than the otherwise required sign base landscaping requirements.

(6) Legibility. All letters and numbers on freestanding signs must be at least eight inches in height.

(7) Address. All freestanding signs must include the street address (number) of the subject property. Street address numbers will not be counted as part of the sign's area.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-12. Master sign plans.

(a) Applicability. No sign permit may be issued for a new multitenant development until a master sign plan has been reviewed and approved by the village. A master sign plan is not required for existing multitenant developments except when the development is being rehabilitated or expanded and the value of such rehabilitation or expansion exceeds 150 percent of the assessed value of the development prior to its rehabilitation or expansion.

(b) Contents of master sign plans. Master sign plans must indicate the number, location, materials, colors and dimensions of all freestanding and wall signs in the multitenant development. The master sign plan must also identify the types proposed and any other information necessary to determine whether the proposed signs comply with the sign regulations of this article.

(c) Design. Master sign plans must describe and illustrate a consistent pattern of signage in the development. All signs within the development must have at least three of the following design elements in common:

(1) Common colors on the background or text;

(2) Common lettering style;

(3) Common size (e.g., a height or wall location common to each sign);

(4) Common materials.

(d) Sign structure color. All sign cabinets, trim caps, returns and all sign supports such as poles and braces must be of a common color.

(e) Approval process. The zoning administrator is authorized to approve master sign plans unless one or more proposed signs within the development require review and approval by the planning and zoning board or village board, in which case master sign plan approval authority rests with the authorized decision-making body for the subject sign.

(f) Amendment procedures. Master sign plans may be amended no more than once every five years, except that a master sign plan may be amended more frequently if all signs approved under an existing master sign plan are in conformance, or are brought into conformance, with the provisions of the amended master sign plan.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008; Ord. No. 2012-25, § II, 4-2-2012)

Sec. 52-13. Sign permits, administration and enforcement.

(a) Any person proposing to erect any sign requiring a sign permit must submit to the zoning administrator an application for a sign permit. Application for such permit must be accompanied by detailed plans, including scaled drawings of the proposed sign and other necessary information to determine the location and compliance with all applicable regulations.

(b) Where a proposed sign includes elements of two different sign types (e.g., box signs, raceway-mounted channel letter signs, distinctive materials/design signs), the zoning administrator must determine the appropriate classification of the sign based on the dominant characteristics of the proposed sign.

(c) Where this section requires the submission of master sign plan, such sign plan must be submitted to the zoning administrator for review and approval.

(d) Sign permit fees as established by the village board, must be paid prior to the issuance of a sign permit.

(e) If the work associated with a sign permit has not been completed within one year of the date of the issuance of the permit, such permit will lapse and become null and void.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-14. Minor exceptions.

(a) Applicability/authorization. Exceptions to the sign regulations of this chapter may be approved only through the special use approval process in accordance with article 57[sic], except that the planning and zoning board is authorized to approve the following exceptions through the minor exception procedures of this section:

(1) Additional freestanding signs, up to a maximum of one freestanding sign per 1,000 feet of street frontage;

(2) Additional directory signs for multitenant developments, up to a maximum of one directory sign per public building entrance;

(3) Additional wall signs for retail uses with over 75,000 square feet of gross floor area;

(4) Additional tenant panels on freestanding signs in multitenant developments, up to a maximum of eight tenant panels per sign face

(5) An increase in freestanding sign height by up to 50 percent;

(6) An increase in the allowed area of a freestanding sign by up to 25 percent;

(7) An identification sign located at each commercial park entrance that contains only the commercial park's name and address;

(8) A decrease in minimum required letter height on freestanding signs; and

(9) Relief from or exceptions to any other sign regulation of this article, except standards regulating the type, number, height or maximum area of signs allowed.

(b) Procedure.

(1) A request for approval of a minor exception must be submitted to the zoning administrator in a form established by the zoning administrator. Upon determining the application is complete, the zoning administrator must place the matter on the agenda of the planning and zoning board for review.

(2) The planning and zoning board must consider the matter in accordance with its rules and the applicable procedures of this chapter.

(3) Following its consideration, the planning and zoning board must act by simple majority vote to approve the minor exception request, approve it with conditions or deny the request based on the review criteria of subsection 52-14(c).

(4) Applicants may appeal a decision of the planning and zoning board on a minor exception to the village board. The village board must act on the requested minor exception as a new matter in accordance with the criteria of this section.

(c) Review criteria. The planning and zoning board may approve a minor exception request only if they find that the number, size, design and placement of all proposed signs within the development are consistent with the stated purpose of these sign regulations (see section 52-2).

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008; Ord. No. 2012-25, § II, 4-2-2012)

Sec. 52-15. Signs requiring special use approval.

(a) When required.

(1) Applications for electronic message centers, animated signs, changing-image signs, projected image signs or other types of flashing or moving signs require special use approval, in accordance with article 57[sic].

(2) Applications for any permanent installation of banners, pennants or flags (other than local state or federal government flags) require special use approval, in accordance with article 57[sic]. (See also temporary installation, subsection 52-5(b)(3).)

(3) In the C/B-2 district, any installation of neon tubing or LED tubing and other similar lighting outside the sign face requires special use approval, in accordance with article 57[sic] even when such installation is part of an architectural element or feature of the building or structure. For the purposes of these regulations, each linear foot of such lighting or tubing is considered one square foot of sign area.

(4) Any sign other than a canopy or awning sign that is attached to and extends more than 18 inches from a building or structure requires special use approval, in accordance with article 57[sic].

(5) Except as expressly allowed by the minor exception provisions of section 52-14, a sign permit application that includes a request for relief from or an exception to the standards established by these regulations because of replacement of a nonconforming sign, unusual site conditions, unique types of signs and unique design factors, including the conditions of section 52-5 requires special use approval, in accordance with article 57[sic].

(b) Required findings. In order to approve any application for special use approval for a sign, the plan commission must determine that the application complies with the otherwise applicable special use standards and criteria of this chapter (as such standards and criteria are applicable to sign matters) and must make all of the following findings:

(1) That the use has unique operating characteristics or there are exceptional or unusual circumstances that apply to the subject property that do not generally apply to other similarly situated properties. These circumstances may include:

a. Applications for substantial reconstruction of nonconforming signs;

b. Applications for taller signs where bridges, overpasses or other features create visual obstructions;

c. Applications for sites that have buildings in unusual locations; or

d. Proposals for buildings and uses that have unusual designs, architectural styles or operating characteristics;

(2) That the grant of approval would not be inconsistent with the stated purpose of this chapter (see section 52-2);

(3) That any sign proposed to exceed applicable sign area or height limits complies with all other applicable design standards for the subject sign type or any additional design standards imposed by the plan commission; and

(4) That the grant of approval would result in a superior design in terms of the quality of materials, lighting, and overall coordination of the design of signs on the site.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-16. Nonconforming, obsolete, and prohibited signs.

(a) Nonconforming signs.

(1) Any sign lawfully existing or under construction on May 5, 2008, that does not conform to one or more of the provisions of this article may be continued in operation and maintained indefinitely as a nonconforming sign subject to compliance with this chapter.

(2) As an incentive to encourage the removal of nonconforming signs, the village board, after review and recommendation by the planning and zoning board, is expressly authorized to waive sign permit fees and special use permit application fees and approve special use permit requests for replacement signs. In deciding such requests, the planning and zoning board and village board must consider whether the public benefit derived from removal and replacement will be generally proportionate to the fee waiver and/or deviation requested. The planning and zoning board is also authorized to approve minor exception requests for replacement signs if they determine that the public benefit derived from removal and replacement will be generally proportionate to the exception requested.

(3) Routine maintenance of nonconforming signs is allowed, including changing of copy, necessary nonstructural repairs, and incidental alterations that do not expand, extend or enlarge the nonconforming features of the sign. However, no structural alteration, enlargement, or expansion may be made to a nonconforming sign unless the alteration, enlargement, or expansion will result in the elimination of the nonconforming features of the sign.

(4) A nonconforming sign and its associated sign structure must be removed or modified to comply with these regulations if the structure to which it is accessory is demolished or destroyed to an extent exceeding 150 percent of the structure's assessed value. A nonconforming sign and sign structure subject to removal under this paragraph must be removed by the owner of the sign or the owner or lessee of the property. If the owner or lessee fails to remove the sign, the zoning administrator must give the owner/lessee written notice of the requirements of this paragraph and the sign must be removed within 30 days of such notice.

(5) A nonconforming sign and its associated sign structure must be removed or modified to comply with these regulations if the sign and sign structure is demolished or destroyed to an extent exceeding 50 percent of its replacement cost. A nonconforming sign and sign structure subject to removal under this paragraph must be removed by the owner of the sign or the owner or lessee of the property. If the owner or lessee fails to remove the sign, the zoning administrator must give the owner/lessee written notice of the requirements of this paragraph and the sign must be removed within 30 days of such notice.

(6) A nonconforming sign and its associated sign structure must be removed or modified to comply with the sign regulations of this article if the business or use on the property ceases to operate for a continuous period of three months or more. If the owner or lessee fails to remove or modify the sign, the zoning administrator must give the owner/lessee written notice of the requirements of this paragraph and the sign and sign structure must be removed within 30 days of such notice. If such sign is not removed or modified after the 30-day period, the village board may take action to authorize the removal of the sign and sign structure at the expense of the owner, agent, or person having beneficial interest in the building or premises on which the sign is located. In addition, the village is authorized to institute and pursue all other available remedies and penalties under the law.

(b) Abandoned signs.

(1) Except as otherwise expressly stated in this article, any sign that conforms with the regulations of this article and that is located on property that becomes vacant and/or unoccupied for a period of one year or more will be deemed abandoned. (Note: signs that are nonconforming are subject to the provisions of subsection 52-16(a)) Evidence of abandonment relates to the property's disrepair, the lack of building occupancy, the failure of a property owner to maintain business licenses, and other evidence related to the property maintenance.

(2) An abandoned sign and its associated sign structure must be removed by the owner of the property on which the sign is located. If the owner or lessee fails to remove the sign, the zoning administrator must give the owner/lessee written notice of the requirements of this paragraph and require that the owner remove the sign within 30 days of such notice. If such sign is not removed after the 30-day period, the village board may take action to authorize the removal of the sign at the expense of the owner, agent, or person having beneficial interest in the building or premises on which the sign is located.

(c) Obligation to maintain signs.

(1) All signs must be maintained in good structural condition and in compliance with all village codes.

(2) Any signs that are rotted, unsafe, or unsightly must be repaired or removed by the licensee or owner of the sign.

(d) Prohibited signs. The zoning administrator is authorized to remove or have removed all illegal (prohibited) signs located in any public right-of-way.

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008; Ord. No. 2012-25, § II, 4-2-2012)

Sec. 52-17. Rules of measurement.

(a) Rules for measuring sign area. This section sets forth rules for measuring sign area and other regulated dimensional features.

(1) Box signs. The area of a box sign is determined based on the outer dimensions of the frame or cabinet surrounding the sign face. However, screened box signs with raised or routed out letters, such signs may be measured as described in paragraph (2) below.

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(2) Channel (individual) letter signs. The area of a sign comprised of individual letters or elements attached to a building wall is determined by calculating the area of the smallest geometric figure (e.g. square, rectangle, circle, polygon, etc) that can be drawn around the letters and/or elements. Signs consisting of individual letters and/or elements will be measured as one sign when the distance between the letters and/or elements is less than the largest dimension of the largest sign letter.

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(3) Multi-sided signs When the sign faces of a multi-sided sign are parallel or within 30 degrees of parallel, only one side is counted. If the sign faces are not parallel or within 30 degrees of parallel, all sign faces are counted.

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(b) Rules for measuring building frontage. Many of the wall sign regulations of this chapter are based on building frontage. The following rules govern the measurement of building frontage.

(1) For buildings occupied by a single tenant or multiple tenants that access the building via a common entrance, building frontage is the exterior building wall (or walls) that: (1) is adjacent to a street or a parking area or other vehicle circulation area that is accessory to and serves the subject building and (2) contains either windows or a public building entrance. Allowed wall sign area for a building that has two or more building frontages must be calculated on the basis of each individual building frontage.

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(2) On buildings housing more than one tenant where each tenant has their own outside entrance, a tenant's building frontage is the exterior building wall (or walls) that directly abut the tenant's interior floor space and that: (1) abuts, parallels, or is the nearest to parallel with a street or a parking area or other vehicle circulation area that is accessory to and serves the subject building and (2) contains either windows or a public building entrance. A tenant that has two or more building frontages must calculate the permitted sign area on the basis of each individual building frontage.

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(3) Regardless of the height, number of stories, or number of tenants in a building, building frontage will be determined by one measurement of the horizontal length of the wall at finished grade. Buildings walls must be measured along a flat, unbroken plane, regardless of the presence of recesses or projections along the building wall.

(4) As an alternative to the allocation of permitted sign area on the basis of individual building frontages, a differing allotment of sign area may be assigned to the various tenants upon receipt and approval by the zoning administrator of written authorization from the owner or authorized management firm of the building or development. Such written authorization must be in the form of a master sign plan that complies with the provisions of section 52-12.

(5) In no instance may the total combined sign area for all signs exceed the maximum allowed sign area for the individual building frontages, as determined in accordance with the provisions of subsections 52-8(a), 52-9(a), 52-10(a), or 52-11(a).

(c) Rules for measuring wall area. The area of a wall is calculated by multiplying the building frontage by the building's height or 15 feet, whichever is less.

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(d) Rules for measuring window area. The area of a window includes only the glass or glazed elements of the window. Frames, mullions and similar features are not counted as part of the window area.

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(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)

Sec. 52-18. Definitions.

The following terms have the meanings given in this section.

Animated sign. Any sign that uses movement or change of lighting to depict action or create a special effect or scene. The term "animated sign" expressly includes multicolor electronic message center signs, video screens, television screens, plasma screens and holographic displays, but does not include single-color electronic message center signs.

Awning. A roof-like structure typically made of cloth, metal, or other material attached to a frame that extends from and is supported by a building. Awnings are typically erected over a window, doorway, or building front and they may be raised or retracted to a position adjacent to the building.

Box sign (also known as cabinet signs). A sign with text or symbols printed on a plastic or acrylic sheet that is mounted on a cabinet or box that houses the lighting source and equipment.

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Building frontage. See subsection 52-17(b).

Business sign. A sign that directs attention to a profession or business conducted, or to a commodity, service, activity, or entertainment sold, offered or manufactured upon the premises where such sign is located or in the building to which such sign is affixed.

Cabinet sign. See "Box sign."

Canopy. A roof-like structure typically permanent in construction that covers a doorway or entryway that extends from and is supported by the building. A canopy may include a freestanding or projecting cover above an outdoor service area, such as an automobile service station.

Changing-image sign. Any sign that, through the use of moving structural elements, sequential lights, lighting elements, or other automated method, results in movement, the appearance of movement or change of sign image or message. This includes electronic message centers and animated signs.

Channel letter. A fabricated or formed three-dimensional letter, number or symbol.

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Commercial message. Any sign, wording, logo, or other representation that directly or indirectly, names, advertises, or calls attention to a business, product, service or other commercial activity.

Commercial park. A commercial, office, industrial, or mixed-use development comprised of (1) a single lot that contains multiple buildings or (2) multiple lots that are the subject of a PUD, annexation agreement, special use permit and/or subdivision plat.

Commercial park entrance. The point where a public right-of-way provides access into a commercial park, including any point where the public right of way intersects with a driveway cut(s) or private street(s) that provides access to a commercial park. Commercial park entrances are open to the general public and do not include access facilities for loading docks nor do they include access points from alleys.

Commercial use. Any use listed under the zoning ordinance's "retail business use" major category grouping.

Commercial zoning district. All of the following zoning districts: C/B-1, C/B-2, C/B-2A, C/B EGG, C/S-1 and C/S-2.

Construction sign. Any sign identifying individuals or companies involved in design, construction, demolition, financing, or development when placed upon the premises where construction or development is ongoing.

Directional sign. A sign used to convey directions and other information for the convenience of the public. Included are signs designating restrooms, address numbers, hours of operation, entrances to buildings, help wanted, public telephone, etc. Also included are signs on private property designed to direct pedestrians or vehicular traffic, such as "entrance" or "exit."

Directory sign. A wall or freestanding sign on a multitenant development site that is used to convey directions or tenant information to pedestrians and motorists who have entered the site.

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Distinctive materials/design sign. Custom-made signs that use only indirect lighting and do not include a raceway or visible electrical housing and that are constructed primarily of the following materials and methods:

(1) Ceramic tile– painted or sandblasted;

(2) Wood– carved or sandblasted;

(3) Metal– formed, etched, cast, or engraved;

(4) Brick or stone with recessed or raised lettering; or

(5) Other similar high-quality, exterior-grade materials approved by the zoning administrator.

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Driveway. An approved vehicle access point leading from public right-of-way to the subject property. Driveways are open to the general public and do not include access facilities for loading docks nor do they include access points from alleys or private streets. Same as "driveway entrance," "driveway access," and "entrance drive."

Electronic message center. A sign or component of a sign that uses changing lights of a single color to form a message or series of messages that are electronically programmed or modified by electronic processes.

Flashing sign. Any illuminated sign that contains an intermittent or flashing light source or that changes light intensity in sudden transitory bursts.

Freestanding sign. Any sign on a frame, pole or other support structure that is not attached to any building.

Indirect lighting. Illumination from a light source not contained within a sign or awning or halo or silhouette lighting that is not visible or exposed on the face of the sign.

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Industrial use. A use listed under any of the following major category groupings of the zoning ordinance: "industrial uses," "land excavation and filling uses," or "warehouse and wholesale uses."

Industrial zoning district. All of the following zoning districts: I-1, I-2 and I-3.

Internal lighting. Illumination from a light source that is contained within a sign or awning.

Menu board sign. A sign displaying goods or services available through a drive-up window or available through a drive-in or drive-through establishment.

Monument sign. A freestanding sign where the base of the sign structure is on the ground or no more than 12 inches above the ground adjacent to the sign. Typically constructed of brick, wood, stone, or metal, monument signs have a base that is at least 80 percent of the width of the top of the sign structure.

Moving sign. Any sign that revolves, rotates, swings, undulates, or otherwise attracts attention by moving parts, whether operated by mechanical equipment or by natural sources, not including flags or banners.

Multitenant development. A development typically under unified ownership and control consisting of two or more business establishments. The tenants of multitenant development typically share vehicle access and parking facilities.

Multitenant development sign. A sign on the site of a multitenant development identifying the names of tenants or property owners, the address of the premises, and/or the name of any legal business that owns, controls, or manages a multitenant development.

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Multitenant commercial development. A multitenant development where the majority of floor area is occupied or intended to be occupied by retail sales and service uses.

Multitenant office development. A multitenant development where the majority of floor area is occupied or intended to be occupied by office uses.

Multitenant industrial development. A multitenant development where the majority of floor area is occupied or intended to be occupied by industrial uses.

Office use. A use listed under any of the following major category groupings of the zoning ordinance: "health, medical and care facilities," "office uses," "office/research and light industrial uses," "recreation and social facilities," "service uses," or "miscellaneous uses," except that PUDs, listed under the "miscellaneous" major category grouping, must be classified according to the actual use of the property.

Office zoning district. All of the following zoning districts: C/O-1 and C/O-2.

Off-premises sign. A sign that directs attention to a profession, business, activity, commodity, service or entertainment other than one conducted, sold, or offered upon the premises where such sign is located.

Outparcel. A parcel of land, generally located on the perimeter of a larger parcel of commercial land that is subordinate to the larger parcel for access, parking and drainage purposes.

Pin-mounted channel letter sign. A wall sign mounted directly on the face of a building wall as individual letters, numbers, or symbols without a raceway or background other than the background provided by the building to which the sign is affixed. In order to qualify for the sign area ratios established for pin-mounted channel letter signs, pin-mounted channel letter signs must not be illuminated or be illuminated only by indirect lighting, halo lighting, or silhouette lighting. Pin-mounted channel letter signs with other forms of illumination are subject to raceway-mounted channel letter sign area ratios.

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Portable sign. Any sign not permanently attached to the ground, a building or other structure that is not readily movable. Any sign attached to a sign structure that has wheels will be considered a portable sign, as well as any sign attached to a frame or other sign structure that is not permanently attached to the ground or a building.

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Public use. A use listed under the "public, education or utility use" major category grouping of the zoning ordinance.

Public zoning district. The P district.

Projecting sign. Any sign that is attached to a building or other structure and extends beyond the line of the building or structure or beyond the surface of that portion of the building or structure to which it is attached by more than 18 inches.

Raceway. A mounting bar or similar device that is used to attach channel letters to a building. Raceways often conceal the electrical components of channel letter signs.

Raceway-mounted channel letter signs. A wall sign mounted on a raceway as individual letters, numbers, or symbols. Also includes channel letter signs mounted on a background other than the building wall. In order to qualify as a raceway-mounted channel letter sign, the raceway must be painted or otherwise designed to match or blend in with the color of the wall to which it is attached.

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Reader board. A sign that includes interchangeable letters and/or numbers, either illuminated or nonilluminated.

Residential use. A use listed under any of the following major category groupings of the zoning ordinance: "agricultural uses" or "residential uses."

Residential zoning district. All of the following zoning districts: R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5 and R-6.

Roof sign. Any sign erected, constructed, and maintained above the parapet on a building with a flat roof or above the fascia board on a building with a pitched roof.

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Screened box signs with raised (push-through) or recessed letters. A box sign with opaque (screened) background and lighting that highlights only the individual letters, symbols, or logos and on which the letters, symbols, or logos are raised or recessed onto a different plane than the sign background, thereby giving a clearly distinguishable "dimensional" effect to the sign.

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Sign. Any identification, description, illustration, or device illuminated or nonilluminated that is visible to the public from adjoining streets or adjoining properties and that directs attention to a product, service, place, activity, person, institution, business, or solicitation, including any permanently installed or situated merchandise; or any emblem, painting, banner, pennant, placard, temporary sign, lights, balloons or other device designed to attract attention, advertise, identify or convey information. Building details that are an integral part of the overall architectural design of a building or works of art accessory to a building are not be considered signs.

Sign area. The surface measurement of a sign as set forth in subsection 52-17(a).

Sign structure. Any structure that supports a sign, including decorative cover.

Street frontage. A lot line or the length of a lot line that is also the line of any public street right-of-way other than an alley. The street frontage of a lot or parcel that is legally created or described as extending to the center line of a street must be measured along the line that denotes the edge or boundary of the easement established for the street. The street must exist or the right-of-way must have been created for street purposes and may be a limited access or controlled access roadway but may not be a utility right-of-way, drainage way, park or railroad and may not be an alley.

Temporary sign. Any sign, banner, pennant, valance, or advertising display that by intent is not permanent, constructed of cloth, canvas, lightweight fabric, cardboard, wallboard, or other lightweight materials with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a short period of time only.

Wall sign. A single-faced sign attached generally flush or parallel to the wall of a building. (See also "rules for measuring wall area," subsection 52-17(c).)

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Window sign. A sign posted, painted, placed, or affixed in or on a window exposed to public view. A sign that is interior to the building that faces a window exposed to public view that is located within 2 feet of the window face is a window sign for the purposes of calculating the total area of all window signs. Merchandise used in a window display will not be considered a window sign. (See also "rules for measuring window area," subsection 52-17(c).)

(Ord. No. 2008-39, § II(Exh. B), 5-5-2008)