18.24.120   SIGN STANDARDS.
   .010   Resolution of Inconsistent Provisions.  To the extent they are not inconsistent with this chapter, the provisions of Chapter 18.44 (Signs), Chapter 4.04 (Outdoor Advertising Signs and Structures - General), and Chapter 4.09 (Outdoor Advertising of Motel and Hotel Rental Rates) shall apply to signs and advertising structures in the (SABC) Overlay Zone.
   .020   Variance From Sign Requirements.  No person shall install or maintain any sign in the (SABC) Overlay Zone, except as permitted in this section; provided, however, that any requirements or restrictions may be waived, in whole or in part, upon such conditions as may be imposed by the Planning Commission or the City Council, by a variance processed and approved in accordance Chapter 18.74 (Variances).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a variance shall not be granted for a parcel of property that authorizes a sign use not otherwise expressly authorized by the zone regulations governing that parcel of property.
   .030   Signs Approved In Conjunction With Conditional Use Permits.  Approval of any conditional use permit shall be deemed to constitute approval of any on-site signs that are otherwise permitted in the (SABC) Overlay Zone, unless, as part of the action approving the conditional use permit, more restrictive sign requirements are imposed.
   .040   Legal Nonconforming Signs – General.  Any sign or other advertising display or structure of whatever type or nature, other than an illegal sign, which violates or otherwise does not comply with the applicable requirements of this chapter, shall be subject to compliance with the regulations prescribed in subsection .050 below.
   .050   Legal Nonconforming Signs – Continuation and Termination.  Any legal nonconforming sign or sign structure in existence in the (SABC) Overlay Zone on December 12, 2000, that violates or otherwise does not conform to the provisions in this chapter, shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter (hereinafter, the “abatement”), within fifteen (15) years after the date the sign first becomes nonconforming to the provisions of this chapter, or on such earlier date as may be designated in conformance with the requirements specified in Chapter 2.5 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California, or any successor provisions thereto.  In no event shall such abatement be required, unless and until the owner of the sign has received not less than one (1) year’s advance, written notice, directing removal or alteration of the sign.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, and in compliance with any applicable due process requirements, the following provisions apply:
      .0501   Any advertising display that was lawfully erected and does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, but whose use has ceased or the structure upon which the display exists has been abandoned by its owner for a period of not less than ninety (90) days, shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the provisions of this chapter, within six (6) months from the date of receipt of a written order of abatement from the City requiring such abatement.  Costs incurred by the City in removing an abandoned display shall be borne by or charged to the legal owner of the real property upon which the sign is located.
      .0502   Any advertising display structure that does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, which has been more than fifty percent (50%) destroyed (by valuation of the sign), and the destruction is other than facial copy replacement, and the structure cannot be repaired within thirty (30) days of the date of its destruction, shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the provisions of this chapter, within sixty (60) days from the date of receipt of a written order of abatement from the City requiring such abatement.
      .0503   Any advertising display that does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, whose owner requests permission to remodel (outside of a change of facial copy), and remodels that advertising display, or expands or enlarges the building or intensifies the land use upon which the advertising display is located, and the display is affected by the construction, enlargement, or remodeling of the building, shall remove, alter, or replace such sign so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter in conjunction with said project.
      .0504   Any advertising display that does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, for which there has been an agreement between the advertising display owner and the City for its removal as of any given date, shall remove such sign in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.
      .0505   Any advertising display, which may become a danger to the public or is unsafe, shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of a written order of abatement from the City requiring such removal or alteration.  Any advertising display that poses an immediate danger to public health or safety shall be abated, as provided in the written order of abatement from the City.
      .0506   Any advertising display, which is determined by the City Engineer to constitute a traffic hazard not created by the relocation of streets or highways or by acts of the City, shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, as provided in the written order of abatement from the City requiring such removal or alteration.
      .0507  Any other advertising display that does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, for which the City is exempt from the payment of compensation in conjunction with requiring its removal as specified in Chapter 2.5 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California, or any successor provisions thereto, shall be subject to removal as specified in that Code.
   .060   Illegal signs.  Illegal signs, as defined Chapter 18.44 (Signs), shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, within six (6) months following December 12, 2000.
   .070   Signs in the Packing District.  The Packing District contains three historically significant structures and consists of properties within the I (SABC-Neighborhood Commercial District) (Industrial, South Anaheim Boulevard Corridor Overlay-Neighborhood Commercial District) zone located on the east side of Anaheim Boulevard between the properties at 336 S. Anaheim Boulevard and 500 S. Anaheim Boulevard.  The purpose of this section is to allow for the continuation of unique and innovative signs within this district, including the existing Farmer’s Park monument signs permitted under SGN2012-00194.  An applicant may request approval of an amendment to said permit for any future on-site signs that employ standards that differ from the other provisions of this chapter, subject to the requirements as set forth in Section 18.44.055 pertaining to coordinated sign programs.  (Ord. 5920 § 1 (part); June 8, 2004: Ord. 6156 § 8; September 22, 2009:  Ord. 6286 § 12; September 3, 2013:  Ord. 6351 § 15; December 15, 2015:  Ord. 6425 § 11; December 19, 2017.)