Granville Community Calendar

Ordinance No. 11-2013

ORDINANCE NO. 11-2013 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 1189.01, 1189.05, 1189.06, 1189.09, 1189.10 AND 1189.11 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE, OHIO PERTAINING TO SIGNS

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio, has determined that it is necessary to update the zoning code of the Village. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Granville, Licking County, Ohio that: 

Section 1. That existing sections 1189.01, 1189.05, 1189.06, 1189.09, 1189.10 and 1189.11 of the Codified Ordinances is hereby amended to read as follows: 

            1189.01  PURPOSE AND INTENT.

            The purposes of these sign regulations are: to encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication in the Village; to maintain and enhance the attractive aesthetic environment and the Village's ability to attract sources of economic development; to improve pedestrian and traffic safety; to minimize the possible adverse effect of signs on nearby public and private property; and to enable the fair and consistent enforcement of these sign restrictions. This sign chapter is adopted under the zoning authority of the Village in furtherance of the more general purpose set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. 

            All signs proposed for erection in the Village, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, shall be constructed in accordance with this Chapter and shall be subject to review by the Village Planner, or the Planning Commission if located within the Architectural Review Overlay District, to insure overall compatibility with the unique historical, architectural and overall character of the Village. Any sign proposed which does not meet the sign regulations, may be reviewed by the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals (referred to as BZBA herein) in accordance with Chapter 1147, Variances. 

1189.05  SIGNS ALLOWED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH OR                         

               WITHOUT PERMITS.

            Signs shall be allowed on property in the Village in accordance with, and only in accordance with Table 1189 B.

Table 1189 B- Design Standards 

KEY TO TABLE 1189 B

On the tables in this chapter, which are organized by zoning district, the headings have the following meanings:

 

  VRD Village Residential District                    PID Planned Industrial District

  VBD Village Business District                       PCD Planned Commercial District

  VSD Village Square District                      CSD Community Service District

  VID Village Institutional District                    PUD Planned Unit District

  SBD Suburban Business District                SRD Suburban Residential District

  VGD Village Gateway District                       

  

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

VRD

VBD

VSD

VID

General Provisions

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot is 7 square feet.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.  2.Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. Maximum sign area is 2.5 square feet/lineal feet + 25% for the second street frontage.

5. The maximum number of individual signs per storefront is four.

6. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

7. Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4.  Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4.  Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

5.   Animated signs are not permitted.

Freestanding Signs

A.Residential1

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

1. NA

1. NA

1. NA 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

VRD

VBD

VSD

VID

B. Incidental 2

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet (not subject to maximum sign area.)

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 2 per zone lot.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 2 per zone lot.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 2 per zone lot.

C. Freestanding

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (12) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 8 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (12) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.   Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (12) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.   Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept.

Building Signs

A. Building Marker 3

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

B. Canopy

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Limited to valance face only.

3. The maximum number is one per zone lot.

4. Maximum number of colors is one in addition to the canopy color.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

C.Identification4

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

VRD

VBD

VSD

VID

D. Marquee 5

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

E. Projecting  5

 1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (10) square feet.

3. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

4. Maximum height is 14 feet.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

F. Wall Sign

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (1.5) square feet/lineal foot of frontage.

3. Maximum number is one per building.

4. Wall signs must be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

G. Window Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Window signs are permitted.

2. Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the window area and in no case exceed 8 square feet.

3. Neon window signs may be permitted if they are considered artful and identify the business enterprise and do not exceed 4 square feet.

4. Neon window signs, which advertise products sold by a business or services given are not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted. 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

VRD

VBD

VSD

VID

H. Sidewalk Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size will be four feet in height and two feet in width.

3. Maximum number will be one per building.

4. Locations must be approved by GPC and are not permitted to obstruct pedestrian movements along public walkways, parking or otherwise obstruct public rights-of-way.

5. The signs must be made of a permanent weather proof material such as painted wood or metal.

6. Must be removed and secured indoors during non-business hours.

 

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

 

Suburban Business and Village Gateway Districts 

Sign Type

                                  SBD

                                 VGD

General Provisions

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot will be calculated as 1 square foot of signage per 100 square feet of gross lease area.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6.  Animated signs are not permitted.

 

 

1.  The maximum number of colors in any sign is three, excluding white.

2.  Neon signs shall not be permitted, unless otherwise stated.

3.  Internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4.  The external lighting for signage is to be approved by Planning Commission.  Externally illuminated signs shall comply with the following requirements:

•  Top mounted lights fixtures shall be       preferred; and shall be shielded.

•   When top mounted fixtures are not      feasible, illumination from other positioned light sources shall be restricted to the sign area.

5.  The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot will be calculated as 1 square foot of signage per 100 square feet of gross lease areas.

6. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

7.  Animated signs are not permitted.

8.  Signs made of natural materials are encouraged and should be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

 

Freestanding Signs

A. Residential 6

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

1.  Permitted with no commercial message.

2.  Maximum size is 4 square feet.

B. Incidental 7

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 4 per zone lot.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 4 per zone lot.

C. Freestanding

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 18 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.  Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept. 

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 24 square feet provided, however, that the maximum size for freestanding signs along Main Street and State Route 16 shall be 40 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.  Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept.

6.  A freestanding sign may list multiple tenants.

Building Signs 

A. Building Marker 8

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 6 square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.     

1.  Permitted.

2.  Maximum size is 6 square feet.

3.  Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

 

         Sign Type

                                     SBD

                                  VGD

B. Canopy

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 6 square feet or 25% of the surface area of the canopy, whichever is less. Sign is limited to valance face only.

3. The maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum number of colors is one in addition to the canopy color.               

 

1.  Permitted.

2.  Maximum size is 6 square feet of 25% of the surface area of the canopy, whichever is less.  Sign is limited to valance face only.

3.  The maximum number is one per business.

4.  Maximum number of colors is one in addition to the canopy color.

C. Identification 9

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

D. Marquee 10

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

E. Projecting or Suspended 5

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 10 square feet.

3. Maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum height is 14 feet.               

 

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 10 square feet.

3. Maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum height is 14 feet.

F. Wall Sign

1.Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 1.5 square feet/lineal feet of building frontage.

3. Maximum number is one per building.

4. Building signs are not permitted.       

1.Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 1 square feet per 1.5 lineal feet of building frontage per tenant.

3.  Maximum number is one per building.  However, a building with multiple street frontages shall be allowed one sign per tenant on each side facing a public street.

4.  Building signs must be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

5.  A building with multiple tenants shall be required to submit a master sign plan for the entire building.  Such master sign plan shall show consistency of all signage related to size, colors and location.

G. Window Signs

1. Window signs are permitted in the first floor windows only.

2. Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the window area and in no case exceed 8 square feet.

 

 

1. Window signs are permitted in the first floor windows only.

2. Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the window area and in no case exceed 8 square feet.

 

H.  Sidewalk Signs

1.   Permitted with GPC variance only.

1.   Not permitted

I.   Deviations

1.   None

1.   A deviation from these sign regulations may be approved by the Planning Commission where appropriate to the integrity of the development plan.

 

Planned Industrial, Planned Commercial and Community Service Districts 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

PID

PCD

CSD

General Provisions

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot is 12 square feet.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot will be calculated as 1 square foot of signage per 100 square feet of gross lease area.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated in a specific district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs(not otherwise limited in this section) on any zone lot will be calculated as 1 square foot of signage per 100 square feet of gross lease area.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

Freestanding Signs

A.Residential6

1. Not applicable.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet.

1. Not applicable.

B. Incidental 7

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 4 per zone lot.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is (4) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 4 per zone lot. 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

PID

PCD

CSD

C. Freestanding

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (18) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (24) square feet.

3. Maximum height is 10 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.  Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept.

6. Freestanding signs may display a maximum of three tenants.

Building Signs

A. Building Marker 8

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

B. Canopy

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet or 25% of the surface area of the canopy, whichever is less. Sign is limited to valance face only.

3. The maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum number of colors is one in addition to the canopy color.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (6) square feet or 25% of the surface area of the canopy, whichever is less. Sign is limited to valance face only.

3. The maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum number of colors is one in addition to the canopy color.

C.Identification9

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be 4 square feet.

D. Marquee 10

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is to be 48 square feet.

3. Changeable copy is permitted.

4. Artful application

of neon may be permitted.

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

PID

PCD

CSD

E. Projecting or Suspended 5

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (10) square feet.

3. Maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum height is 14 feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (10) square feet.

3. Maximum number is one per business.

4. Maximum height is 14 feet.

F. Wall Sign

1.Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (1.5) square feet/lineal feet of building frontage.

3. Maximum number is one per building.

4. Building signs must be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

1.Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (1.5) square feet/lineal feet of building frontage.

3. Maximum number is one per building.

4. Building signs must be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

1.Permitted.

2. Maximum size is (1.5) square feet/lineal feet of building frontage.

3. Maximum number is one per building.

4. Building signs must be incorporated into the architecture of the building.

G. Window Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Window signs are permitted in the first floor windows only.

2. Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the window area and in no case exceed 8 square feet.

3.Neon window signs may be permitted if they are considered artful and used to identify the business enterprise and do not exceed 4 square feet.

4. Neon window signs, which advertise products sold by a business, or services given are not permitted.

1. Window signs are permitted in the first floor windows only.

2. Window signs shall not exceed 15% of the window area and in no case exceed 8 square feet.

3.Neon window signs may be permitted if they are considered artful and used to identify the business enterprise and do not exceed 4 square feet.

4. Neon window signs, which advertise products sold by a business, or services given are not permitted.

H. Sidewalk Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Permitted with GPC variance only.

1. Not permitted.

 

Planned Unit Development, Suburban Residential 

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

PUD

SRD

General Provisions

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated per district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated per district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot will be calculated as 1 square foot of signage per 400 square feet of gross lease area.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

1. The maximum number of colors in any sign is three.

2. Unless otherwise stated per district, neon signs shall not be permitted.

3. Unless otherwise stated per district, internal illumination of a sign is not permitted.

4. The maximum total square footage of all signs on any zone lot is 6 square feet.

5. Changeable copy signs are not permitted.

6. Animated signs are not permitted.

Freestanding Signs

A. Residential 11

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

B. Incidental 12

1. Permitted with no commercial message.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 4 feet.

4. Maximum number is 2 per zone lot.

1. Not permitted.

  

Village Zoning Districts

Sign Type

PUD

SRD

C. Freestanding

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 18 square feet.

3. Maximum height is 8 feet.

4. Maximum number is one per zone lot.

5.  Monument signs are encouraged and should be developed as part of an overall landscape concept.

1. Not permitted.

Building Signs

A. Building Marker13

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

1. Permitted.

2. Maximum size is 4 square feet.

3. Must be cut or etched into stone, masonry bronze or similar material.

B. Canopy

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

C. Identification 14

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be (4) square feet.

1. Permitted.

2. Only name and address permitted.

3. Maximum size is to be (4) square feet.

D. Marquee 15

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

E. Projecting or Suspended 5

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

F. Wall Sign

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

G. Window Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

H. Sidewalk Signs

1. Not permitted.

1. Not permitted.

 

          1189.06 PERMITS REQUIRED.

          Unless otherwise stated herein, all proposed or modified signs shall require a permit from the Village Planner, and shall be reviewed by the Village Planner, or Planning Commission (if located within the Architectural Review Overlay District) or BZBA (if a variance is required) (see Section 1189.01).. If a sign requiring a permit under the provision of this chapter is to be placed, constructed, erected, or modified on a zone lot, the owner of the lot shall secure a sign permit prior to the construction, placement, erection, or modification of such a sign in accordance with the requirements of Section 1189.13. 

          No signs shall be erected in the public right of way in accordance with Section 1189.09 and the permit requirements of Section 1189.05 unless approved by the Village Council or Village Manager.    (Ord. 17-01. Passed 10-4-01.) 

          1189.09 TEMPORARY SIGNS.

          (a)    A permit for a temporary sign may be issued by the Village Planner following review and approval of a temporary sign application and may be for the period of time indicated in (b) below.     

          (b)    A temporary sign permit shall be issued only for signs meeting the following requirements:

(1)     Development Sign. A temporary development sign advertising the sale of platted lots in a subdivision provided that not more than one such sign may be permitted whether such sign is at the entrance to the subdivision or within the subdivision. Any such sign may also be utilized to advertise the sale or lease of multi-family units, or store or office space in commercial developments. Such signs shall be limited to a maximum area of thirty-two square feet when located on parcels of two acres or more and a maximum area of eight square feet when located on parcels of less than two acres. Other limitations shall include a maximum height of ten feet, and a minimum setback of fifteen feet from established rights of way, unless there is no land between the right of way and the facade of the structure, in which case the sign must not be a safety hazard and must be located at the closest point to the structure. The sign permit shall be for a one-year period.

(2)     Sign Promoting Non-Commercial Campaign or Event. A sign for the promotion of a school, church, or community campaign or event of a non-commercial purpose. The sign may not be displayed for more than 60 days in any 12 month period. The sign may not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet per side. 

         (3)     Temporary Sign for Business. When there is a legitimate delay, as determined by the Village Planner, in the construction or preparation of a permanent sign for a business, a temporary sign may be displayed for a period of 90 days or until the new sign is erected, whichever is less. Such sign shall be proportional in scale to the frontage of the building, but in any case shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet.

         (4)     Grand Opening Banner. A grand opening banner is permitted to call attention to a new business or institutional use and is allowed in any zone in which the commercial, industrial, or institutional use is permitted. Maximum size is thirty-two (32) square feet. The banner shall not be displayed for more than fifteen (15) days. Only one grand opening banner shall be allowed per street frontage for the business or use. The banner must be securely fastened to the building and may not project above the roofline or interfere with access for the building,  

         (5)     Going Out Of Business Signs.  A going out of business banner is permitted for any zone in which a commercial, industrial, or institutional use is permitted.  Maximum size is thirty-two (32) square feet.  The banner shall not be displayed for more than sixty (60) days.  Only one going out of business banner shall be allowed per street frontage for the business or use.  The banner must be securely fastened to the building and may not project above the roofline or interfere with access for the building. 

            (c)     A temporary sign that is approved pursuant to this section may only be displayed on the premises to which the sign is applicable. Unless otherwise specifically authorized by these regulations or by the Village Planner, only one temporary sign may be displayed per business at any time. 

            (d)     All temporary signs approved pursuant to this section shall be non-illuminated, shall be constructed of a durable material, and shall be professional in  appearance. As used in this section, professional appearance means, at minimum, that the sign is designed or manufactured by a graphic artist or sign company or is computer-generated. There shall be no limitation in the number of colors for a temporary sign, but the specific colors to be used in the sign shall be approved by the Village Planner. The use of fluorescent, day-glo, and neon colors is prohibited.   

            (e)     Temporary signs shall not be attached to trees or utility poles or placed in a position that would obstruct or impair traffic or in any manner create a hazard or disturbance to the health, safety, or welfare of the public. If placed on the side of a property where there is a sidewalk, the sign shall be located on the back side of the sidewalk (that is, on the opposite side of the sidewalk from the roadway). If placed on the side of a property where there is no sidewalk, the sign shall be located at least eight feet from the edge of the roadway.   (Ord. 03-09.  Passed 4-1-09.) 

            1189.10  SIGNS EXEMPT FROM REGULATION UNDER THIS CHAPTER.

            (a)     The following signs shall be exempt from regulation under this chapter, except as provided in this section:

 

                     (1)     Signs erected by or pursuant to the authorization of a governmental

                              body, including legal notices, warning notices, traffic signs, directional

                              signs, informational signs or regulatory signs.

                     (2)     Signs that are customarily associated with residential uses and that are

                              not of a commercial nature, including the name and address of

                              occupants, signs on mailboxes, or paper tubes, etc. (Limited to an area

                              of four square feet or less.)

                     (3)     Official signs of a noncommercial nature erected by public utilities to

                              identify line or facility locations or to advise or warn the public.

                     (4)     Flags of any governmental or nonprofit organization provided:

                                          A.  That such flags are not being displayed in conjunction with a commercial promotion or as an advertising device;

                                          B.   That not more than three such flags are being displayed at the same time;

                                          C.  That any such flag does not exceed 60 square feet in area; and

                                          D.  That any such flag flown from a standard flag pole attached to a building, with the height of the pole not to exceed 15 feet above ground level; or from a freestanding standard flag pole not to exceed a height of 25 feet above ground level.  Mini flags typically displayed during government holidays shall be exempted.

                     (5)     Any sign inside a building, provided that the sign is not attached to a

                                    window or door and that the sign is not legible from the lot line of the zone lot or parcel on which such sign is located. For the purposes of this section, a sign that rests against a window, a sign that is separated from the window by a bumper pad, or a sign that is placed within two inches of the window through the use of a hanging device, shall be considered to be attached to the window.  Any sign that is considered to be attached to a window shall be regulated by the provisions contained in Section 1189.05.

                           (6)     Works of art that do not include a commercial message.

                           (7)     Holiday lights and decorations with no commercial message, but only if erected no earlier than forty-five (45) days before the holiday and removed within fourteen (14) days after the holiday.

                           (8)     Signs that are posted upon property to guide or direct traffic, to identify restricted or public parking areas, or to warn the public against trespassing or danger from animals.  The signs shall not contain any commercial advertising.  However, entrance or exit signs are only permitted when the driveway is not obvious or otherwise identifiable with a particular business or activity. Entrance and exit signs, directional signs, and parking area signs shall require a permit to assure that the style, size, and location are consistent with the requirements of this Article. (Limited to an area of four square feet.)

                           (9)     Signs painted on or otherwise attached to a vehicle regularly operated in the pursuance of a day-to-day business or activity of an enterprise, provided that the vehicle is not parked in a location that is visible to the public and for a period of time that indicates that the purpose of locating the vehicle in that location is principally for advertising rather than transport.

                   (10)     Signs that are not visible from public streets or legible from adjacent

                              properties.

                         (11)     Signs authorized by the Village Manager to be placed on the banner poles located in the median of West Broadway. Individual banners shall not exceed thirty (30) square feet and shall meet other requirements established by the Village Manager.

 (12)     Signs authorized by the Village Manager on any governmental property.

 (13)     Any murals painted on a building wall and of a non-commercial nature. 

            (b)     The following temporary signs shall be exempt from regulation under this chapter provided each such sign satisfies the requirements set forth in subsection hereof: 

                     (1)     Temporary for sale, rental or lease signs.

                     (2)     Political signs and signs or posters indicating candidates or issues on

                              the public ballot.

                           (3)     Temporary Contractor Signs. Signs announcing the names of contractors for any short term or temporary work such as home improvements, new construction, remodeling and the like is permitted during the actual construction period, provided that such signs shall be located only on the parcel of land being developed, not in the public right-of-way. 

            (c)     Unless otherwise provided, all temporary signs referred to in subsection (b) hereof shall be limited to not more than six square feet in sign area.  Any such temporary sign shall be removed or replaced after thirty days if the sign has become damaged or has deteriorated, by the weather or otherwise, to the point where the sign cannot be read from the street or the sign has or appears to have become detached, in whole or in part, from its sign posts or supporting structure.  All such temporary signs shall be removed within ten days after the property to which the sign relates has been sold, rented, or leased, or the promotion, activity, or election to which the sign relates has been conducted. Signs referred to in subsection (b) hereof, if placed on roadways with sidewalks, shall be placed on the opposite side of the sidewalk from the roadway.  In the case of roadways with no sidewalks, the signs shall be located no closer than eight (8) feet from the edge of the road.  In no case shall any of the signs referred to in this subsection constitute a safety hazard.  (Ord. 03-09.  Passed 4-1-09.) 

            1189.11 SIGNS PROHIBITED UNDER THIS CHAPTER.

            All signs not expressly permitted under this chapter or exempt from regulation in accordance with the previous section are prohibited in the Village. Such signs include, but are not limited to:

 

            (a)     Beacons.

            (b)     Banners.

            (c)     Pennants.

            (d)     Strings of lights not permanently mounted to a rigid background, except

                     holiday lights exempted under the previous section.

            (e)     Inflatable signs and tethered balloons.

            (f)      Portable signs with internal illumination and changeable copy.

(g)     Any sign that, by reason of size, location, shape, content, coloring, or manner of illumination, constitutes a traffic hazard or a detriment to traffic safety.  Any sign that substantially interferes with the view necessary for motorists to proceed safely through intersections, or to enter onto or exit from public streets, private roads, or driveways.  Any sign that obstructs the view of any authorized traffic sign, signal, or device.

(h)     Any sign that uses the words "STOP", "SLOW", "CAUTION", "DANGER", or otherwise has a design, color, shape, size, or location that could cause it to be confused with official traffic signs or other signs erected by governmental agencies.

            (i)      Any sign that revolves, or is animated, or that utilizes movement or apparent

                     movement to attract the attention of the public.  This prohibition shall

                     include, but not be limited to, propellers, discs, banners, pennants,

                     streamers, animated display boards, balloons.

            (j)      Any sign with lights that flash, move, rotate, or flicker.

            (k)     Any sign that is placed on or affixed to a vehicle or trailer and that is parked

                     in a location that is visible to the public and for a period of time that

                     indicates that the purpose of locating the vehicle in that location is

                     principally for advertising rather than transport. 

(l)      Any sign that is located within any public right-of-way, except publicly-owned or publicly-authorized signs (for example, traffic control signs and directional signs); or any sign (other than a publicly-owned or publicly-authorized sign) that is attached, affixed, or painted on any utility pole, light standard, tree, rock, or other natural feature.  This prohibition shall not apply to subdivision signs that are authorized to be placed in the landscaped median of a public or private street.

            (m)    Any roof signs or signs that extend above the roof line of a building.

            (n)     Any painted advertising on a building wall or roof, excepting murals of a

                     non-commercial nature, as exempted under the previous section. 

            (o)     Any sign that identifies or advertises an activity, business, product, or

                     service that is no longer in existence, sold, produced, etc.

            (p)     Any illuminated tubing or strings of lights outlining property lines, open

                     sales areas, rooflines, doors, windows, edges of walls, trees, or other

                     landscaping.  This prohibition shall not apply to holiday lighting.

            (q)     Any sign that exhibits statements, words, or pictures of an indecent,

                     obscene, or pornographic nature.

            (r)     Any sign that obstructs or interferes with any window, door, sidewalk, or                         

                     fire escape.

            (s)     Any searchlights or beacons.

            (t)      Any abandoned sign or any sign that advertises a business or product no

                     longer existing or sold on the premises.  Whenever a business is

                     discontinued all signs shall be removed within six (6) months.  A sign that

                     advertises a business, enterprise, or other activity that is closed for the off-

                     season, not to exceed 270 consecutive days, shall not be considered an

                     abandoned sign.

            (u)     Any sign that communicates a commercial message about a business,

                     service, commodity, accommodation, attraction, or other enterprise or

                     activity that exists, or is conducted, sold, offered, maintained, or provided at

                     a location other than the premises where the sign is located.

            (v)        Any sign or sign structure that is structurally unsafe.

            (w)       Any sign that incorporates a television screen, a computer screen, electronic images, or electronic characters, except those within a window display that advertise the business enterprise or products sold on the premises.  Such screens, electronic images or electronic characters shall not exceed one per storefront, nor exceed a forty-two (42) inch diagonal screen size, and shall not include scrolling text, images or characters.  (Ord. 03-09.  Passed 4-1-09.) 

            1189.12 VARIANCES FROM SIGN REQUIREMENTS.

            Notwithstanding any other chapter or section of the Codified Ordinances to the contrary, any application submitted under this chapter which requests a variance to allow deviation from the strict interpretation of the regulations established by this chapter shall be heard by the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals (i.e., notwithstanding the purpose in Section 1147.01). A variance may be considered by the BZBA for the relocation of existing locally significant and/or historical signs that contribute to the character of the community.

            (a)        Application.  Separate and additional application for a variance under Chapter 1147 is required. The application shall clearly indicate the applicant is seeking a variance to allow deviation from the strict interpretation of the requirements established by this chapter.

            (b)        Fee.  Reference the Village of Granville Zoning Fee schedule for applicable variance fees.

            (c)        Criteria. In considering a request for a variance, the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals shall, in addition to the criteria and requirements established by this chapter, apply the criteria set forth in Section 1147.03 to the extent those criteria are consistent with the criteria established by this chapter.

            (d)        Approval. Approval of an application under this Chapter shall be deemed an approval for any variance requests necessary to such approval. In these instances, however, where the granting or denial of an application is based upon the granting or denial of a variance request, the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals shall separately set forth its findings of fact, conclusions and reasoning relative to its determination. (Ord. 17-01. Passed 10-4-01.) 

            Section 2.  This ordinance shall become effective upon the earliest date allowed by the laws of the State of Ohio and the Charter of the Village of Granville. 

Passed this 17th day of July, 2013.

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