§ 153.169  SIGNS PERMITTED IN THE O-I, N-B, G-B, P-B AND GMC DISTRICTS.
   (A)   Generally.  The following are regulations for all wall signs and freestanding signs for all uses, provided however, these regulations shall not be applicable to freestanding signs in shopping centers, business parks, office buildings and other multi-tenant developments. Regulations for these uses are found in division (B) below of this section. Signs allowed without a permit are found in § 153.166 of this chapter. All other signs shall be prohibited.
      (1)   Types of sign permitted.  Business, identification.
      (2)   Permitted number of signs.
         (a)   Wall:  no limit.
         (b)   Freestanding (pole or ground mounted):  one; provided however, no freestanding sign shall be permitted if § 153.172(C)(4) is applicable.
      (3)   Maximum area of signs.
         (a)   Wall.  A maximum of 10% of the wall area of any wall on the building. Except as provided in § 153.172(B), in no instance shall any principal use be allowed to have an aggregate wall sign area in excess of 10% of the wall area.
         (b)   Freestanding.  The area of the sign shall be based upon the classification of the road upon which the principal building containing the use being identified fronts. The following schedule shall apply.
 
Road Classification (In Accordance with the Lincolnton Thoroughfare Plan)
Maximum Sign Area (Sq. Ft.)
Major thoroughfare
64
Minor thoroughfare
64
All other streets
32
 
      (4)   Maximum height.
         (a)   Wall.  Signs shall not be allowed to extend above the parapet of the building.
         (b)   Freestanding.  The height of freestanding signs shall be based upon the road on which the principal building containing the use being identified fronts. The following schedule shall apply:
 
Road Classification (In Accordance with the Lincolnton Thoroughfare Plan)
Maximum Sign Height (Ft.)
Major thoroughfare
25
Minor thoroughfare
25
All other streets
20
 
      (5)   Permitted illumination.  L, N.
   (B)   Shopping center and other multi-tenant freestanding identification signs.
      (1)   Types of sign permitted.  Identification.
      (2)   Permitted number of signs.
         (a)   A shopping center or planned mixed use development either of which contains two or more nonresidential uses located in a unified building or group of buildings may have one freestanding identification sign giving the name of the development and/or the name of the businesses and other uses occupying the development.
         (b)   A second sign shall be permitted if the development has direct access from two or more public streets. No other on-premises freestanding signs shall be permitted.
         (c)   In lieu of allowing a second freestanding sign for the development, the developer shall have the option to increase the size of one freestanding sign on the property by 100% larger than what is required in division (A)(3) above. This bonus shall only be available to Class C shopping centers with four or more tenants.
      (3)   Maximum area of signs.  The maximum area of freestanding identification signs shall be as indicated in division (A)(3) of this chapter.
      (4)   Permitted illumination.  L, N.
      (5)   Permitted height.  The maximum height of the sign(s) shall be as indicated in division (A)(4) of this chapter.
      (6)   Permitted location.  If two freestanding signs are located on the same premises, the signs shall be located at a minimum distance of 100 feet from each other as measured by the shortest straight line connecting each sign. All freestanding signs shall be located behind the street right-of-way.
(Prior UDO, § 9.10)  (Ord. ZTA-1-2010, passed 5-6-2010)  Penalty, see § 153.999