1173.01  PURPOSE.
   This chapter establishes the regulations for the continuing use of outdoor advertising in order to encourage an attractive environment for businesses, inform and direct the general public, protect and enhance the physical appearance of the community, ensure public safety along streets and highways, and provide businesses with a format for advertising the goods and services made available by the business community.
   Outdoor advertising should be regulated to provide for safe structures, to be properly located so as to meet uniform standards for construction and maintenance, and to be maintained to conform to a neat and pleasant community appearance.  Furthermore, the City has determined that, without adequate regulation and design standards, signs are a nuisance.  The number of signs in the City is excessive and is unduly distracting to motorists and pedestrians, creates a traffic hazard, and in some places reduces the effectiveness of signs.
   The following regulations shall be known as the outdoor advertising ordinance of the City of Elyria. 
(Ord. 98-176.  Passed 8-3-98.)