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(A) Awning and canopy signs. Awning and canopy signs may be permitted only as an integral part of the awning or canopy to which they are attached or applied, as follows.
(1) Location. Signs may be placed only on awnings that are located on first- and second-story building frontages, including those fronting a parking lot or pedestrian way.
(2) Lighting. Awnings shall not be internally illuminated except as part of a creative sign.
(3) Required maintenance. Awning and canopy signs shall be regularly cleaned and kept free of dust and visible defects.
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Canopy/Awning Sign Blade/Bracket Sign
(B) Blade/bracket signs.
(1) Location. Blade or bracket signs shall be placed only on a ground floor facade, except for businesses located above the ground level with direct exterior pedestrian access.
(2) Maximum area and height. The maximum sign area shall be four square feet. The lowest point of a blade or bracket signs shall be at least eight feet above finished grade.
(3) Sign structure. Sign supports and brackets shall be compatible with the design and scale of the sign.
(C) Changeable copy signs.Limitations on use and sign area. Changeable copy signs may only be allowed:
(1) In conjunction with facilities used exclusively for the presentation of theatrical, cultural, or religious events subject to the approval of a comprehensive sign program and limited to a maximum area of eight square feet; or
(2) To advertise products, services, and prices in conjunction with a retail business and limited to a maximum area of 32 square feet.
(D) Freestanding bracket signs. A freestanding bracket sign may be allowed when the Director determines that a wall sign would not be easily seen from the street and there is sufficient area on the site to accommodate a freestanding sign.
(1) Location. The sign may be located only on a site frontage adjoining a public street.
(2) Maximum area and height. The area of the sign shall be counted towards the maximum allowable sign area for the use. The sign shall have a maximum height of three feet and the maximum area of four square feet.
(3) Sign mounting. The sign shall be mounted on one or more posts or have a solid monument-type base. Posts shall not have a diameter greater than 12 inches.
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Freestanding Bracket Sign Monument Sign
(E) Monument signs. Monument ground signs shall be permitted to be located on a property line fronting a non-residential street under the following conditions when located in a non-residential district:
(1) Area allowable (size). Fifty square feet as situated at the property line, 100 square feet total for all sides of the sign at the property line. The monument ground sign allowed shall have no less than 50% of the width of the sign support base consisting of masonry or other architecturally compatible materials to the building.
(2) Height. Six feet at the property line.
(3) Separation between signs. There shall be a minimum of 50-foot setback from the side property lines for all ground signs, except on corner lot property lines.
(4) Number of signs. Only one monument ground sign shall be permitted per property ownership except when there is a single ownership fronting on two non-residential streets; and, in that case, one additional sign shall be permitted with at least one of the two signs being located in excess of 300 feet from the intersection, as measured from the property line.
(5) Landscaping. Minimum landscaping shall be required for all monument ground signs. There shall be landscaping around the monument ground sign structure equal to or greater than the total of both sides of the sign, consisting of plant and/or tree units other than sod. Landscaping must be maintained at all times. Landscaping may be allowed to extend onto the public right-of-way as long as such landscaping does not interfere with the normal and safe operation of the abutting street and does not exceed a height of two feet. The city and other utility providers in the right-of-way shall not be liable for the removal of landscaping in the right-of-way for utility, street, and other work that may need to be performed in the right-of-way.
(6) Public easements. No ground monument sign may be located in an easement dedicated to the city.
(F) Time and/or temperature signs. A time and/or temperature sign may be permitted on a site in addition to the other signs allowed by this chapter.
(1) Maximum area and height. The sign shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet.
(2) Design. The sign shall be designed in a manner that is compatible with other signs on the site and with the structure on which it is placed.
(G) Wall signs. Where allowed, a wall sign shall comply with the following additional requirements.
(1) Location. The sign shall not be placed to obstruct any portion of a window, doorway, transom, or other architectural detail.
(2) Maximum area and height. The sign shall not project above the edge of the roof of a structure, unless approved by the Building Official.
(3) Projection from wall. The sign shall not project from the surface upon which it is attached more than required for construction purposes and in no case more than 12 inches for three-dimensional elements on all signs.
(Ord. 1870, passed 12-11-18)