173.12  SPECIFIC SIGN REGULATIONS.
   The conditions of this section are applicable to all signs.
   1.   Setback.  No part of any sign shall be closer than two feet from the established property line.
   2.   Minimum Clearances over Access Ways.  Unless a greater or lesser minimum height is specifically listed for a particular sign, any part of a sign which projects into or over any access way shall have a minimum height of not less than the following:
      A.   Vehicular way:  14 feet.
      B.   Pedestrian way:  8 feet. 
   3.   Minimum Distance Between Signs.  All ground signs in the districts in which they are allowed shall have a minimum distance separation of 150 feet.
   4.   Directional Signs.
      A.   No more than two directional signs are permitted at each entrance/exit.  One additional directional sign may be permitted at each interior driveway intersection, drive-through lane, or other circulation point.  Building mounted signs shall be limited to one per building elevation.
      B.   Signs are limited to the following maximum dimensions: two feet in length and two feet in height.
      C.   A freestanding sign is limited to five feet in height and must be five feet from any lot line that abuts a street.
      D.   A permit is not required for a directional sign except for an illuminated sign requiring the installation of an electrical branch circuit.
(Ord. 2021-03 - Apr. 21 Supp.)
   5.   Community Event Message Signs. 
      A.   A nonprofit organization shall be eligible to apply for a conditional use permit to allow a community event message sign to allow the display of changing messages and information on such matters as the date, time, location, and sponsor of special events of community interest.  Such signs shall meet the following standards and conditions:
         (1)   Each nonprofit organization shall be eligible for no more than one wall sign or one ground sign.
         (2)   The maximum area available shall be 50 percent of the base permitted sign area if located in a residential zone or 100 percent if located in any other zone.
         (3)   Permanent advertising of a commercial nature shall be allowed only in commercial zones and shall not exceed 25 percent of the total area of the community event message sign.
         (4)   The sign shall be made reasonably available to other community-based nonprofit organizations for the display of information about special events or other announcements of a noncommercial nature.
         (5)   The sign shall not be of a size or sited in such a manner that will substantially hinder the visibility of other legal signs on adjacent properties. 
      B.   In reviewing an application for a community event message sign, the Commission and Board of Adjustment shall consider the following objectives, and may impose conditions to ensure that these objectives are met:
         (1)   By virtue of the sign’s design, size, location, and other factors, including appropriate landscaping, the sign shall be harmonious and compatible with its surrounding, and consistent with community aesthetic sensibilities.
         (2)   The sign shall not be erected or any electronic or electric changing copy be controlled in a manner that will be a substantial distraction to motorists, thus causing a traffic hazard.
   6.   Projecting Signs.  Projecting signs are allowed only upon approval by the Council after review and recommendation by the Commission.  Application for the sign permit shall be consistent with Section 173.03 regarding submission materials.  Projecting signs shall meet all setback, clearance, area, number, and general regulations in this chapter.  The City shall determine if the sign is appropriate for the location proposed and if the design is consistent with City aesthetic design goals regarding the following factors:
      A.   Signs may be attached only to building walls.  They may not be hung from roofs, fences, or eaves.
      B.   Colors and design theme are required to be consistent with the building to which the sign is attached.
      C.   Projection is required to be minimized to the maximum extent possible.
      D.   If lit, internal lighting is required.
      E.   All messages on the sign shall relate to the principal on-site use.
      F.   The mounting technique shall be safe and attractive.
      G.   Other considerations unique to the specific sign proposed and the site.
   7.   Intersection Landscaped Areas. No signage of any kind is permitted within the landscaped areas at street intersections and no signage shall be placed so that it obscures said landscaped areas.
   8.   Window Signs.
      A.   Window signs are permitted for all nonresidential uses in all districts.
      B.   All window signs, whether temporary or permanent, are limited to no more than 30% of the surface of each window area. Window area is counted as a continuous surface until divided by an architectural or structural element. Mullions are not considered an element that divides window area.
      C.   Window signs include neon or LED signs. Flashing neon or LED is prohibited.
      D.   A permit is not required for a window sign.
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