Signs pertaining to permitted, accessory, and conditional uses in the R-1 Single-Family Residential District and R-2 Multi-Family Residential District, are permitted, subject to the following limitations:
   (A)   Permitted signs.  The following types of signs are permitted in the R-1and R-2 Districts:
      (1)   Wall signs.
      (2)   Subdivision identification signs.
      (3)   Real estate, garage sale and yard sale signs.
      (4)   Special event freestanding sign.
      (5)   Temporary commercial signs when advertising a new development project.
      (6)   Temporary non-commercial signs.
      (7)   Ground mounted signs identifying a conditional use permitted in the district.
      (8)   Community gateway signs, but not electronic LED signs.
      (9)   (a)   Electronic LED Signs. Electronic LED signs shall be permitted in an R-l Zoning District when all the following criteria are satisfied:
            1.   The LED sign must be located on an R-l parcel with a minimum area of five acres.
            2.   The LED sign must advertise only for the same legal, nonconforrning permitted business on the site, public park or public recreational use located in an R-l Zoning District.
            3.   Any parcel containing a home occupation use as defined by the Zoning Code shall not be permitted an LED sign.
            4.   In addition to the sign setback requirements provided for in 153.248(B), an LED sign must be located at least 200 feet away from the nearest residential dwelling unit unless the dwelling unit is also owned by the applicant.
            5.   Monochrome text LED sign lettering shall be amber and no other color.
            6.   Flashing light(s) are prohibited on monochrome text LED signs.
            7.   Animations and video are prohibited on LED signs.
            8.   A message must be displayed for a minimum duration of eight seconds before switching to the next message.
            9.   The LED sign should be programmed to "freeze" or go blank if there is a malfunction, so that flashing and other distracting movement does not result.
            10.   The permitted square footage and setbacks shall be in compliance with permitted number, height, area, and location as outlined in § 153.248.
            11.   All LED signs shall be anti-glare and shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer device.
            12.   No LED sign shall utilize colored or neon lights that can be used in a location or manner in which they might be confused with traffic control devices or vehicular traffic.
            13.   All LED signs shall be kept in good operating condition and maintained with good external appearance.
            14.   No third-party off-site advertising shall be permitted on the LED signs.
            15.   The LED signs shall not exceed 1,000 nits in luminance during the evening hours.
            16.   The LED sign shall only be constructed as a ground mounted sign and shall be encased in a stone, stone veneer, wood or brick frame.
         (b)   The Zoning Enforcement Officer may request the Planning Commission to review and act on any LED sign permit application proposed for an R-l Zoning District.
   (B)   Permitted number, height, area and location.
      (1)   Permitted number. Only one sign shall be permitted for each permitted use on a lot. One subdivision sign may be erected and maintained at the main entrance to a residential subdivision or multi-family dwelling complex, designating the name of such subdivision or complex. Additional subdivision signs are subject to the approval of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
      (2)   Maximum height.  The maximum height for any subdivision signs, ground mounted signs and temporary commercial signs shall be five feet.
      (3)   Maximum area.  The maximum area for signs shall be as follows:
         (a)   Wall signs: Two square feet.
         (b)   Subdivision signs: The maximum area for subdivision identification signs shall be 40 square feet. The area calculations for a subdivision identification sign shall not include any supporting brick, stone, or any other material used to frame, brace or otherwise provide structural support for the sign. Subdivision identification signs shall be reasonable and proportional to the size and scope of the development identified.
         (c)   Temporary commercial signs: 32 square feet when advertising a new development project.
         (d)   Temporary non-commercial signs: Six square feet.
         (e)   Ground-mounted signs: 20 square feet.
   (C)   Location and setback.
      (1)   Signs shall be located on the same lot to which they are an accessory use.
      (2)   All signs shall be set back a minimum of one-half the height of the sign from the street right-of-way, provided that no part of a freestanding or ground-mounted sign shall be closer to the front property line than seven feet.
      (3)   All signs shall be set back a minimum of ten feet from any side lot line.
      (4)   All signs shall be set back a minimum of 25 feet from any residential use.
   (D)   Signs shall be illuminated by indirect down lighting.
('91 Code, § 153.244)  (Ord. 1910-1954, passed 10-21-54; Am. Ord. passed 4-20-78; Am. Ord. 09-3306, passed 10-15-09; Am. Ord. 11-3334, passed 2-17-11; Am. Ord. 15-3489, passed 12-10-15)  Penalty, see § 153.999