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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ADVERTISING SIGN. A sign which identifies or promotes any product, commodity or service.
AGRICULTURAL SIGN. A sign which identifies the farm or ranch on which it is placed and advertising the products, crops, animals or poultry raised or quartered thereon.
ANIMATED SIGN. A sign with action or motion, flashing color ranges requiring electrical energy, automatic electronically controlled copy changes, electronic or manufactured sources of supply, but not including wind actuated elements such as flags, banners or special items.
AUTHORIZED AGENT. An architect, builder, developer, engineer or other person empowered to act on behalf of other persons, entity or business operation.
BOARD. The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.
DISTRICT. A zoning district within Palmview’s city limits.
DRIVEWAY AND STREET INTERSECTION RADIUS. A 30-inch by 30-inch triangular shaped area on each side of such driveway or street intersection measured as described in these regulations.
EXPRESSWAY CORRIDOR. The commercially or industrially zoned areas along or within 600 feet north and south of U.S. Expressway Highway 83 within the city’s corporate limits.
EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION (ETJ). The area extending beyond the corporate limits of the city to the extent prescribed in Tex. Local Government Code § 212.001 or as mutually agreed with area cities via interlocal ETJ agreements.
GUTTER FLOW LINE. In the absence of typical curb and gutter, the invisible lines to either side of the paved or used right-of-way of a road at which water will naturally flow parallel to such road.
HOME OCCUPATION. A commercial use customarily carried on in the home by members of the occupant, and as authorized by a conditional use permit as prescribed in Ch. 156 of this code of ordinances, and of which a one-foot by one-foot sign may be permitted when affixed to the primary structure and is permissible only during which said HOME OCCUPATION is viable; once the HOME OCCUPATION does not exist, the home occupation sign must be removed immediately.
ILLUMINATED SIGN. A sign which identifies a school, church, hospital or similar publicly-owned building.
NON-CONFORMING SIGN. Any sign which does not conform to the regulations of this chapter.
OFF-PREMISES SIGN. A sign, including the supporting sign structure, which directs the attention of the general public to a business, service or activity not conducted or a product not offered or sold upon the premises where such sign is located.
ON-PREMISES SIGN. A sign which directs the attention of the general public to a lawful use on the premises on which it is located.
PERMANENT SIGN. A sign that is securely attached to a building or premises according to the prevailing building codes.
PREMISES or SITE. Any property or combination of contiguous properties held under a single ownership.
PREVAILING BUILDING CODE. The code adopted by the City Council and being a set of rules and regulations designed to protect the public’s life, health and general welfare in the built environment. It may also be interpreted as the International Building Code and related appendices that may from time to time be formally adopted by the city.
SECONDARY ARTERIAL CORRIDOR. The area along both sides of U.S. Business Highway 83 within the corporate limits of the city.
SIGN. A sign is any device designed to inform or attract the attention or persons not on the premises on which the sign is located. The following shall be deemed to be excluded from the definition of the term SIGN, as it applies to these regulations:
(1) Signs not exceeding two square feet in area and bearing only property numbers, post box numbers or names of occupants of the premises;
(2) Flags and insignia of any government, except when displayed in connection with a commercial promotion;
(3) Public signs of a public or non-commercial nature, which shall include community service information signs, public transit service signs, public utility information signs, safety signs, danger signs, trespassing signs, signs indicating scenic or historical points of interest and all signs erected by a public officer in the performance of a public duty;
(4) Integral decorative or architectural features of buildings, except letters, trademarks, moving parts or moving lights;
(5) Signs which are fully located within the interior of any building or stadium, or within an enclosed lobby or court of any building; and signs located within the inner or outer lobby, court or entrance of any theater which are intended solely for information relating to the interior operation of the building in which they are located; and
(6) Memorial plaques, grave markers, statues and other remembrances of persons or events that are non-commercial in nature.
(Ord. 2016-07A, passed 8-9-2016)