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10.14.01 Signs Allowed. The signs allowed on a site in a Historic Preservation Overlay District shall be the same as those allowed in the underlying zoning district, as limited and modified by this section.
10.14.02 Review Process.
(A) Purpose. New buildings, additions to buildings and significant alterations to buildings in the Historic Preservation Overlay District are all subject to review by the Urban Design Review Board. Larger signs and lighted signs are often as large a factor in defining the physical character of a streetscape as are buildings. Thus, to maintain the historic and visual integrity of the historic districts, it is essential that such signs also be subject to review.
(B) Process. The application and review process for review of a proposed sign shall be the same as that for buildings and building modifications under §12.15 of the Covington Zoning Ordinance, with the following modification. If an application for a certificate of appropriateness for a sign is complete, the Urban Design Review Board shall act on that application at its first meeting occurring at least ten days after the receipt of such application or within sixty days, whichever first occurs. If a decision is not provided within such period, the application as submitted shall be deemed approved.
(C) Review Criteria.
(1) The review criteria for an application for an application certificate for a proposed sign shall be the following:
(a) The size, scale and design of the sign shall be compatible with the size, scale and design of the property, building or site upon which it is to be located, as set forth in the Covington Design Guidelines;
(b) The sign's materials shall be compatible with the period and style of the property or site, in accordance with the Covington Design Guidelines;
(c) The sign shall not use lighting or technology that appears significantly different from lighting used on signs in the period that defines the building or the site unless the Urban Design Review Board or another official review body has allowed the use of different lighting or technology on other signs in the same block, in which case lighting and/or technology similar to that previously allowed on the same block may be used;
(d) The sign's location shall not obscure any significant architectural features of the building or site, as defined and clarified by the Covington Design Guidelines;
(e) The sign's installation shall not irreparably damage any cornice, ornament or similar architectural detail and shall be the least damaging method feasible for the property, building or site, in accordance with the Covington Design Guidelines; and
(f) The size, height and number of signs allowed shall in no case exceed the size,
height and number allowed for the underlying zoning district.
(Ord. O-37-08, passed 9-9-08)