The following principles shall control the computations of sign area and sign height:
   (A)   Computation of Area of Individual Signs. The area of a sign face (which is also the sign area of a wall sign or other sign with only one face), shall be calculated using the area contained within a single continuous perimeter enclosing all parts of such sign but excluding any structural elements outside the limits of the sign which are required for the supporting of such sign. See Figure 1.
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   (B)   Computation of Area of Multi-faced Signs. The sign area for a sign with more than one face shall be computed by adding together the area of all sign faces visible from any one point. See Figure 2. When two identical sign faces are placed back-to-back or in a V-shape so that both faces cannot be viewed from any point at the same time and when such sign faces are part of the same sign structure and are not more than forty-two (42) inches apart or greater than a forty-five (45) degree angle, the sign area shall be computed by the measurement of one of the faces. See Figure 3. The sum of all sign faces shall not exceed twice the maximum sign area as set forth in this chapter.
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   (C)   Computation of Height. The height of a sign shall be computed as the distance from the base of the sign at normal grade, or to the elevation of an adjacent public road, to the top of the highest attached component of the sign, exclusive of any filling, berming, mounding, or excavating solely for the purpose of locating the sign. See Figure 4.
   (D)   Computation of free standing sign setback. The required setback for free standing signs shall be the distance between the sign’s leading edge and the property line.
(Ord. 99-06, passed 6-7-99) Penalty, see § 158.99