1187.07 INSTITUTIONAL, NEIGHBORHOOD, COMMERCIAL TRANSITION, SERVICE TRANSITION, DOWNTOWN AND CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ZONES.
   (a)   Institutions and Offices and Service Transition District.  Only the following signs shall be permitted in the B-1 and Service Transition (ST) Zoning Districts:
      (1)   Construction signs.  One per project meeting the limitations for construction sizes as stated in Section 1187.03 (l).
      (2)   Attached business signs.  One sign not to exceed one square foot per each lineal foot of building frontage on the principal street but in no case exceeding a maximum of fifty square feet of total sign area.  Such signs shall not project above the top of the building face.  Window signs are permitted herein and shall not be included for purposes of calculating the total permitted sign area.
      (3)   Wall signs.  Where walls or solid fences are permitted for commercial office projects, one unlighted or backlighted wall sign is permitted thereon, provided the sign does not project above the top of the wall and that the area of the sign does not exceed the area permitted in Section 1187.08 (b)(5).
      (4)   Multi-story buildings.  Where buildings in excess of one story are permitted, a sign greater than fifty square feet in area may be permitted provided such sign is specifically approved by the Building and Zoning Inspector in the permit and that its area does not exceed ten percent (10%) of the area of the building face upon which it is located.
      (5)   Directional signs.  Hospitals, colleges or universities shall be entitled to those on site directional and/or informational signs as are necessary to the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
      (6)   Freestanding or ground signs.  Large institutional uses such as hospitals, universities and museums, which are set back from the nearest public right of way by more than fifty feet, shall be allowed one lighted ground sign or freestanding sign not to exceed eight feet in overall height and not to exceed fifty square feet in area for either a ground or freestanding sign.  Lighting shall conform to Section 1187.03(k).
      (7)   Real estate signs.  One sign not exceeding fifteen square feet of sign area advertising the sale, rental or lease of only the building or premises on which it is located.  No building permit is required.
      (8)   Business freestanding or ground signs.  In the case where a complex of offices, clinics or laboratories which may include a bank or pharmacy is constructed, a separate freestanding or ground sign identifying the tenants or services in the complex, shall be allowed under the following conditions:
         A.   One additional sign not to exceed 100 square feet shall be added to the total permitted sign area calculated in subsection (a)(2) hereof.
         B.   The total sign area for the complex shall be calculated as the sum of the sign area from each office plus the area of the separately allowed freestanding or ground sign.
         C.   The sign may be lighted in accordance with Section 1187.03(k).
      (9)   Subdivision signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.05( h) et seq.
      (10)   Political signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (n).
      (11)   Banners and special events signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (i).
      (12)   Company logo flags.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (t).
      (13)   Property improvement signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.05 (i).
      (14)   Variable message reader board.  One board not to exceed 25 square feet, which must be constructed in conjunction with a ground sign or pole sign shall be permitted for any parcel having 150 linear feet or greater of lot frontage.  This sign must be subordinate to the principal sign face in size and location.  The Board must be located at least 200 feet from an agricultural or residential zoning district.
         (Ord. 47-08.  Passed 4-28-08.)
      (15)   Gasoline Price Panels.  Gasoline price panels, either manual or electronic/digital, shall be allowed on freestanding signs if integral within the design of the freestanding sign and if within the area requirements of subsection (a) hereof.  Gasoline price panels shall also be permitted as individual signs attached to gasoline pumps provided such signs do not exceed eight by twelve inches in size, and such individual signs shall be permitted without regard to the area requirements as specified in subsection (a)(2) hereof.
         (Ord. 98-10.  Passed 11-8-10.)
   (b)   Neighborhood Business District.  Only the following signs shall be allowed in the C-1 zone.
      (1)   Construction signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (l).
      (2)   Real estate signs.  As permitted in subsection (a)(7) hereof.
      (3)   Political signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (n).
      (4)   Business signs.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b)(5) hereof, each individual business shall be permitted a total aggregate sign area of one square foot for each lineal foot of the building frontage on its principal street or one-half square foot of area for each lineal foot of lot frontage on its principal street whichever is greater, which aggregate area may be apportioned in any fashion between wall, canopy, awning, marquee, or projecting signs, subject to the general design standards and limitations elsewhere in this chapter.  In no case shall the total aggregate sign area per parcel exceed 200 square feet.  Any parcel in this C-1 zone shall be entitled to a minimum sign area of twenty-five square feet.  Window signs are permitted herein and shall not be included for purposes of calculating the total permitted sign area.
      (5)   Shopping centers.  Any group of businesses meeting the definition of shopping center may add one additional ground sign of total aggregate area not to exceed 100 square feet.  Such sign may include the logo or other identification of the shopping center.
      (6)   Lighting.  Signs shall be lighted at the discretion of the owner, provided that the lighting is not a detriment to surrounding properties.
      (7)   Banners and special event signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (i).
      (8)   Company logo flags.  As permitted in Section 1187.03 (t).
      (9)   Property improvement signs.  As permitted in Section 1187.05 (i).
         (Ord. 47-08.  Passed 4-28-08.)
      (10)   Gasoline Price Panels.  Gasoline price panels, either manual or electronic/digital, shall be allowed on freestanding signs if integral within the design of the freestanding sign and if within the area requirements of subsection (a) hereof.  Gasoline price panels shall also be permitted as individual signs attached to gasoline pumps provided such signs do not exceed eight by twelve inches in size, and such individual signs shall be permitted without regard to the area requirements as specified in subsection (a)(4) hereof.
   (c)   Central Business Districts.  The following signs only shall be allowed in the C-2 zone.
      (1)   All signs as permitted in subsection (b)(1) through (10) hereof, both inclusive, except that the total permitted sign square footage shall be computed on the basis of three-fourths square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of lot frontage on its principal street or one and one-half square feet of sign area for each lineal foot of building frontage on its principal street, whichever is greater, with a maximum of 300 square feet sign area and a minimum of forty square feet.  Window signs are permitted herein and shall not be included for purposes of calculating the total permitted sign area.  (Ord. 98-10.  Passed 11-8-10.)
      (2)   Ground signs not exceeding fifty square feet of sign area provided that such sign serves an individual business on a single parcel with greater than 100 feet of frontage on its principal street.
         (Ord. 47-08.  Passed 4-28-08.)
   (d)   Downtown Districts.  The following signs only shall be allowed in the D-1 and D-1A zones.
      (1)   All signs as permitted in subsection (b)(1) through (10) hereof, both inclusive, except that the total permitted sign square footage shall be computed on the basis of three-fourths square foot of sign area for each lineal foot of lot frontage on its principal street or one and one-half square feet of sign area for each lineal foot of building frontage on its principal street, whichever is greater, with a maximum of 300 square feet sign area and a minimum of four square feet.  Window signs are permitted herein and shall not be included for purposes of calculating the total permitted sign area.  (Ord. 98-10.  Passed 11-8-10.)
      (2)   Ground signs not exceeding fifty square feet of sign area provided that such sign serves an individual business on a single parcel with greater than seventy-five feet of frontage on its principal street.
      (3)   Roof signs are not permitted.
      (4)   Variable message reader board as permitted in Section 1187.07(a)(14).
         (Ord. 47-08.  Passed 4-28-08.)
   (e)   Commercial Transition District.  The following signs only shall be allowed in the C-4 zone.
      (1)   All signs as permitted in subsections (b)(1) through (10) hereof, inclusive. (Ord. 98-10.  Passed 11-8-10.)
      (2)   Ground signs not exceeding twenty square feet of sign area provided that such sign serves an individual business on a single parcel with greater than seventy-five feet of frontage on its principal street.  The height, including sign base, shall in no case exceed four feet.  The width shall in no case exceed six feet.  The sign base must be on a base of brick or stone masonry.  (Ord. 47-08.  Passed 4-28-08.)