(a)   General Requirements.
      (1)   Signs may be externally illuminated, internally illuminated, backlit, or illuminated through down lighting unless otherwise provided for in this chapter.
      (2)   All externally illuminated signs shall employ steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely at the sign.
      (3)   Sign illumination is also subject to the lighting regulations in chapter 0.
   (b)   Non-Glare and Shielded Lighting. Use of glaring, unshielded, or undiffused lights or bulbs shall be prohibited. Lights shall be shielded so as not to project onto adjoining properties or roadways.
   (c)   Traffic Hazards. Sign illumination that could distract motorists or otherwise create a traffic hazard shall be prohibited.
   (d)   Bare Bulb Illumination. Illumination by bare bulbs or flames is prohibited.
   (e)   Intensity. Illumination resulting from all signs and sign lighting on any property in a non-residential district shall not exceed one-half (½) foot candles at a height of five (5) feet when measured at any point on property in a residential zoning district or at any point on any road right-of-way.
   (f)   Electronic Signs. Electronic changeable copy signs utilizing a light-emitting diode display (LED), or liquid crystal display (LDC) shall be permitted subject to the following standards set forth:
      (1)   All electronic signs shall be subject to the review and approval of the Planning Commission.
      (2)   Electronic signs must be located at least 250 feet away from the nearest residential zoning district or land use.
      (3)   Scrolling, flashing, and moving animations are prohibited.
      (4)   A message must be displayed for a minimum duration of eight seconds before switching to the next message.
      (5)   Electronic signs shall be encased in brick, stone, cultured stone, brick composite, or similar material. This does not apply to electronic menu boards or electronic gas station prices that are located on a canopy fascia.
      (6)   Electronic signs shall have the capability to adjust intensity in response to ambient lighting conditions.
Figure 1108.08-1: Graphic Illustration of an Electronic Ground-Mounted Sign
(Ord. 2022-34. Passed 1-9-23.)