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165.54  SIGN REGULATIONS.
   1.   The following sign regulations shall apply to the R Districts, CN District and AG Districts:
      A.   Off-premises signs, except real estate or political signs, are not permitted.
      B.   No sign may be lighted in a manner that impairs the vision of the driver of any motor vehicle.
      C.   No sign may obstruct the view of any highway or railroad so as to render dangerous the use of the highway.
      D.   No sign may imitate or resemble an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      E.   Signs shall not encroach or extend over public right-of-way.
      F.   No sign may obscure or physically interfere with an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      G.   No advertisement or advertising structure shall be posted, erected or maintained which simulates any official, directional or warning sign erected or maintained by the State, County, Municipality or other governmental subdivision or which incorporates or makes use of lights simulating or resembling traffic signals or control signs.
      H.   No advertisement shall be posted or maintained on rocks, fences, trees, or other perennial plants, or on poles maintained by public utilities.
      I.   Home occupation signs shall be allowed upon approval of Home Occupation Permit and as defined in the permit.
      J.   Pole signs are not permitted.
      K.   No sign shall project above the roof line or parapet where one exists.
      L.   Monument signs are permitted having a maximum height of eight feet as measured to the highest element of the structure. The maximum width of the sign shall be eight feet. The sign will also have a solid base at least 12 inches high, along with columns, pilasters, cornices, or similar details to provide interest. The vertical distance between the sign face and the base shall not be greater than six inches. 
   2.   The following sign regulation shall apply to the C-1, C-2 and C-3 Districts:
      A.   Off-premises signs are permitted.
      B.   No sign may be lighted in a manner which impairs the vision of the driver of any motor vehicles.
      C.   No sign may obstruct the view of any highway or railroad so as to render dangerous the use of the highway.
      D.   No sign may imitate or resemble an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      E.   Signs shall not encroach or extend over public right-of-way.
      F.   No sign may obscure or physically interfere with an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      G.   No advertisement or advertising structure shall be posted, erected or maintained which simulates any official, directional or warning sign erected or maintained by the State, County, Municipality or other governmental subdivision or which incorporates or makes use of lights simulating or resembling traffic signals or control signs.
      H.   No advertisement shall be posted or maintained on rocks, fences, trees, or other perennial plants, or on poles maintained by public utilities.
      I.   Signs, any part of which project out from the building from 4 to 18”, shall be erected so that no portion of the sign is less than 9’ above grade.
      J.   Signs which project more than 18” from the building must be at least 9’ above grade and may extend a maximum of 8’, provided that they do not extend further than a point 2’ in the back of the curb face.
      K.   Pole signs are not permitted.
      L.   No sign shall project above the roof line or parapet where one exists.
      M.   Monument signs are permitted having a maximum height of 14 feet as measured to the highest element of the structure. The maximum width of the sign shall be 14 feet. The sign will also have a solid base at least 12 inches high, along with columns, pilasters, cornices, or similar details to provide interest. The vertical distance between the sign face and the base shall not be greater than six inches. 
   3.   The following sign regulations shall apply to the M-1 and M-2 Districts:
      A.   Off-premises signs are permitted.
      B.   No sign may be lighted in a manner that impairs the vision of the driver of any motor vehicle.
      C.   No sign may obstruct the view of any highway or railroad so as to render dangerous the use of the highway.
      D.   No sign may imitate or resemble an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      E.   Signs shall not encroach or extend over public right-of-way without prior council approval.
      F.   No sign may obscure or physically interfere with an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      G.   No advertisement or advertising structure shall be posted, erected, or maintained which simulates any official, directional, or warning sign erected or maintained by the State, County, Municipality or other governmental subdivision or which incorporates or makes use of lights simulating or resembling traffic signals or control signs.
      H.   No advertisement shall be posted or maintained on rocks, fences, trees, or other perennial plants, or on poles maintained by public utilities.
      I.   Signs, any part of which project out from the building from 4 to 18”, shall be erected so that no portion of the sign is less than 9’ above grade.
      J.   Signs that project more than 18” from the building must be at least 9’ above grade and may extend a maximum of 8’, provided that they do not extend further than a point 2’ in back of the curb face.
      K.   Pole signs are not permitted.
      L.   No sign shall project above the roof line or parapet where one exists.
      M.   Monument signs are permitted having a maximum height of 14 feet as measured to the highest element of the structure. The maximum width of the sign shall be 14 feet. The sign will also have a solid base at least 12 inches high, along with columns, pilasters, cornices, or similar details to provide interest. The vertical distance between the sign face and the base shall not be greater than six inches. 
   4.   The following sign regulations shall apply to the M-3 District:
      A.   Off-premises signs are permitted.
      B.   Off-premises signs shall comply with the setbacks of the districts they are located in.  Other bulk regulations do not apply.
      C.   No sign may be lighted in a manner that impairs the vision of the driver of any motor vehicle.
      D.   No sign may obstruct the view of any highway or railroad so as to render dangerous the use of the highway.
      E.   No sign may imitate or resemble an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      F.   Signs shall not encroach or extend over public right-of-way.
      G.   No sign may obscure or physically interfere with an official traffic control sign, signal or device.
      H.   No advertisement or advertising structure shall be posted, erected or maintained which simulates any official, directional or warning sign erected or maintained by the State, County, Municipality or other governmental subdivision or which incorporates or makes use of lights simulating or resembling traffic signals or control signs.
      I.   No advertisement shall be posted or maintained on rocks, fences, trees, or other perennial plants, or on poles maintained by public utilities.
      J.   Pole signs are not permitted.
      K.   No sign shall project above the roof line or parapet where one exists.
      L.   Monument signs are permitted having a maximum height of 14 feet as measured to the highest element of the structure. The maximum width of the sign shall be 14 feet. The sign will also have a solid base at least 12 inches high, along with columns, pilasters, cornices, or similar details to provide interest. The vertical distance between the sign face and the base shall not be greater than six inches. 
   5.   Other Sign Regulations.
      A.   Sign regulations that are not listed will follow the most current edition of The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices published for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
      B.   State and local political subdivisions shall be exempt from these sign regulations.