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(A) The purpose of this subchapter is to promote public health, safety, and welfare by establishing regulations that govern the size, character, location, and structural integrity of signs and other advertising structures. This section is enacted to promote:
(1) Vehicular and pedestrian safety by prohibiting signage that obstructs the view of or distracts attention from traffic control devices and eliminating visual obstructions resulting from signage located adjacent to or over public rights-of-way;
(2) Public safety by establishing design and maintenance standards for signs that reduce the risk of fire, collapse, and disintegration, and by providing for the inspection and removal of signs that have become unsafe;
(3) Public safety by prohibiting signs that interfere with firefighting and rescue efforts; and
(4) Economic well-being by permitting commercial enterprises to use signage of sufficient size to fulfill communicative needs while prohibiting excessively large structures and sign competition.
(B) All standards are intended to promote, and enhance, the ability of residents and visitors to speak freely. The provisions of this section shall be uniformly enforced without regard to the content of any advertising message or the identity of the proponent of that message.
(Ord. 2018-06, passed 7-9-2018, § 155.181)