(a)   Scope. Accessory signs in Town Center/Main Street (TCM) Districts shall follow the regulations described within this ordinance (Chapter 1284 Signs) with the exception of special regulations identified for Town Center/Main Street Districts.
   (b)   Use Types Permitted. The following use types shall be permitted:
      (1)   Directional signs.
      (2)   Identification signs.
      (3)   Nameplate.
      (4)   Real estate, project signs and signs of a temporary nature.
   (c)   Structural Types Permitted. The following structural types shall be permitted:
      (1)   Identification Signs - permanent Wall/Panel signs.
      (2)   Identification Signs - permanent Window signs.
      (3)   Identification Signs - permanent Canopy signs.
      (4)   Freestanding - permanent Ground/Pylon signs.
      (5)   Freestanding - permanent Directional signs.
   (d)   Maximum Gross Area and Number Permitted. Allowable permanent signs shall conform to the structural type, maximum number and area limitations set forth as follows:
      (1)   Permanent Signs attached to Buildings shall comply with Table 1284.12(d)(1).
      (2)   Permanent freestanding ground of pylon signs shall conform with Table 1284.12(d)(2).
      (3)   A unified complex or parkway consisting of four (4) or more buildings served by a common local access road shall be permitted a supplemental freestanding identification sign at the entry to the development and shall conform with Table 1284.12(d)(2).
Table 1284.12(d)(1)
Permanent Signs Attached to Buildings in Town Center/Main Street Districts
Maximum Number Permitted
Maximum Sign Face Area Allowance
Maximum Area
1 per address
Not Applicable
2 square feet (a)
Wall or Panel Sign
1 per building or 1 per each tenant (b)
1-1/4 square feet for each linear foot of building frontage
75 square feet
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
15% or less of the window area
Canopy or Awning Sign
Not Applicable
10 square feet per awning/canopy face
Not Applicable
(a)   Area of nameplate sign can be reasonably modified by the Building Commissioner due to sight lines or visibility.
(b)   Buildings that require identification at entrances may be permitted up to 1 additional wall or panel sign but must keep within the square footage allowance for the building.
Table 1284.12(d)(2)
Freestanding Ground, Pylon or Directional Signs in Town Center/Main Street Districts
Maximum Number Permitted
Maximum Sign Face Area Allowance
Maximum Height
Maximum Setback
Ground Sign (a)(c)(d)
32 square feet per side
5 feet
25 feet to the edge of the street or pavement (d)
Pylon Sign (b)(c)(d)
1 per each street frontage containing a vehicular access
70 square feet per side
10 feet
25 feet to the edge of the street or pavement (d)
Directional Signs (e)(f)(g)
2 per driveway
4 square feet
6 feet
10 feet from public right-of-way
(a)   Permitted information: The name and address of the facility and the name(s) of the tenants.
(b)   Permitted information: A unified commercial or office complex under a common ownership exceeding 100,000 square feet in gross floor area shall be permitted a pylon sign. The contents of the sign shall be limited to the name of the unified commercial or office complex. Individual store or business signage shall not be permitted on a pylon sign and shall be limited to business signage attached to the building or unit thereof proposed.
(c)   A unified complex or parkway is allowed 1 sign, either a ground or Pylon Sign.
(d)   Signs shall be located no less than 100 feet from any adjacent Residential District. The distance to Residential District can be modified to 50 feet by the Building Commissioner for lot widths consisting of less than 200 feet.
(e)   Permitted information indicates direction to specific buildings within the complex as well as ingress and egress routes.
(f)   Letter heights for directional shall be at least 2-1/2 inches.
(g)   Additional Directional Signs may be permitted at the discretion of the Building Commissioner to provide for additional pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
   (e)   Multiple business signs: i.e. signs identifying stores and services located within the same building and/or complex.
      (1)   Shall be designed in such a manner that their appearance will be harmonious and compatible in character regarding their method of construction, materials, color illumination and combined size so as to achieve an overall unified effect.
      (2)   Within a commercial area or development, where multiple storefronts are situated side by side, the level of variety or cohesiveness in the design of the signs should be commensurate with the architecture of the building.
      (3)   Variety in the design of signs among different storefronts should be encouraged when the architecture of the buildings suggests variety.
      (4)   Storefronts with common architectural elements should have signs that share continuity of design so that the design and placement of individual signs contribute to the cohesive appearance created by the common architectural elements.
      (5)   Franchise standard signage located within TCD-1 through TCD-5 may be required to be modified for aesthetic reasons at the discretion of the Building Commissioner.
   (f)   Special Sign District: (to include oversized ground or wall signs), for purposes of creating an integrated sign theme, may be established by ordinance in response to a petition by a majority of sign users within a Town Center/Main Street District. The sign theme must not violate safety standards of the Building and Housing Code of the City and/or other requirements of this Zoning Code (with the exception of size requirements). A detailed plan should be submitted in accordance with the provisions of Sections 1276.13 and 1276.14 for approval. Upon approval, a two-thirds affirmative vote by Council is required to establish a Special Sign District.
   (g)   Nonresidential developments. Proposed in TCD-4 and TCD-5 Sub districts shall submit a sign plan along with the proposed development plan which shall have to be approved by the Planning Commission.
(Ord. 1988-175. Passed 10-17-88; Ord. 90-242. Passed 2-5-91; Ord. 16-145. Passed 10-4-16.)