Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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Sign Tables
Created: 2013-08-13|Updated: 2015-06-26

This section of the ordinance refers to specific tables and charts for additional regulations. These tables and charts can be found as PDF's under the "Attachments" section located HERE.

§ 27-601 Purpose.

[Ord. 96-267, 5/2/1996; as amended by Ord. 2013-435, 3/27/2013]
This section establishes a comprehensive and balanced system of sign control that accommodates the need for a well-maintained, safe and attractive environment within the Township and the need for effective communications, including business identification. These regulations promote the health, safety, general welfare, and morals of the Township by regulating signs that are intended to provide reasonable communication to the public, and such regulations achieve the following specific purposes:
A. 
To encourage the effective use of signs as a means of identification and communication.
B. 
To maintain and enhance the aesthetic environment of the Township.
C. 
To enhance the ability to attract sources of economic development and growth.
D. 
To enhance pedestrian and vehicular safety.
E. 
To minimize adverse effect of signs on nearby public and private property.
F. 
To enable the fair and consistent enforcement of these sign regulations.
G. 
To promote and protect the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the Township.
H. 
To preserve the wholesome and attractive character of the Township.
I. 
To promote the tasteful, progressive design of signs which are complementary to the buildings they serve.
J. 
To prohibit the erection of signs in such numbers, sizes and designs, and locations that may create a hazard to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
K. 
To avoid excessive competition for large or multiple signs so that permitted signs provide adequate identification and direction while minimizing clutter, unsightliness, and confusion.
L. 
To promote signs which are designed utilizing clear, crisp lettering and uncomplicated symbols which identify the intended message efficiently.
M. 
To avoid the uncontrolled proliferation of signs.
N. 
To increase legibility, reduce the time needed to read signs, and reduce driver distraction.
O. 
To restrict signs that overload the public's capacity to receive information or that increase the probability of traffic congestion and accidents by distracting attention or obstructing vision.
P. 
To eliminate potential hazards to motorists and pedestrians using the public streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way.
Q. 
To safeguard and enhance private investment and property values.
R. 
To control public nuisances.
S. 
To preserve and improve the appearance of the Township through adherence to reasonable aesthetic principles, in order to create an environment that is attractive to residents and visitors.
T. 
To eliminate excessive and confusing sign displays.
U. 
To encourage signs that, by their design, are integrated with and harmonious to the surrounding environment and the buildings and sites they occupy.

§ 27-602 Authorized Uses.

[Ord. 96-267, 5/2/1996; as amended by Ord. 97-279, 7/3/1997, § 1; by Ord. 97-284, 11/6/1997, § 11; by Ord. 2000-305, 8/3/2000, § 5; by Ord. 2005-354, 2/3/2005, § 7; and by Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
1. 
Explanation of Use Categories. Five classifications of zoning uses for signs are established in this Part based upon the impact of the sign upon the Township and the procedures by which the signs are authorized.
A. 
Permitted uses are those authorized signs for which no zoning approval is required but which are in compliance with this chapter.
B. 
Uses by right are those authorized signs for which a zoning approval will be issued by the Zoning Officer following a review of the application and the master signage plan if the application indicates compliance with this chapter.
C. 
Conditional uses are those authorized signs which are permitted by approval of the Supervisors in accordance with this chapter and specifically Part 7, conditional uses.
D. 
Exempt uses are signs that are authorized but that are exempt from regulation under this chapter.
E. 
Prohibited uses are signs that are not authorized by this chapter nor exempt from regulation.
2. 
Principal Uses. A billboard is a principal use which is permitted by conditional use in all nonresidential zoning districts, except in planned residential developments, subject to general provisions and express standards and criteria. See § 27-603, General Provisions, and § 27-605.1, Specific Regulations; Billboards.
3. 
Accessory Uses. Signs shall be authorized as accessory uses in accordance with the following Table of Authorized Accessory Signs, Zoning Districts Where Authorized, and Method of Authorization.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Table of Authorized Accessory Signs, Zoning Districts Where Authorized, and Method of Authorization is included as an attachment to this chapter.
4. 
Signs Exempt from Regulations. The following signs shall be exempt from regulations under this chapter:
A. 
Any public notice or warning required by a valid and applicable federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance.
B. 
Any sign inside a structure, not attached to a window or door, that is not legible from a distance of more than three feet beyond the lot line of the lot or site on which such sign is located.
C. 
Works of art that do not include a commercial message.
D. 
Holiday lights and decorations with no commercial message, but only between November and January.
E. 
Memorial signs or tablets denoting the date of erection of a building.
F. 
Auction, garage, or yard sale signs, provided that they do not exceed five square feet and are removed as soon as the event or activity has occurred, and provided that they shall not be permitted to be erected more than seven days prior to the event and only are permitted at the site at which the event will take place.
G. 
Signs and banners erected by a governmental body or under the direction of such body.
H. 
Temporary event signs and banners announcing a nonprofit event of a civic organization for noncommercial purposes, where such sign does not exceed 32 square feet in area and for a period not to exceed 30 days prior to the start of the event and removed within three days after the conclusion of the event.
I. 
Political signs announcing candidates seeking public office.
J. 
Building numbering in accordance with Cranberry Township Ord. 2004-348, 8/4/1994, and as amended, known as the "Building Number Identification Ordinance."
K. 
An off-premises sign for facilities that provide twenty-four-hour emergency services, provided that such facility is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for stabilization and treatment. Such sign must be approved by the Supervisors as to size and location.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 4.L, regarding relocation of freestanding signs, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6/6/2013 by Ord. 2013-437.
5. 
Prohibited Signs. All signs not expressly authorized under this chapter or exempt from regulation hereunder in accordance with previous sections are prohibited in the Township. Prohibited signs shall include, but are not limited to:
A. 
Beacons.
B. 
Animated or flashing signs.
C. 
Portable signs.
D. 
Marquee signs.
E. 
Roof signs.
F. 
(Reserved)[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection F, relating to changeable copy signs, was repealed 3/27/2013 by Ord. 2013-435.
G. 
Pennants.
H. 
Strings of lights, except those exempt under previous sections.
I. 
Inflatable signs and tethered balloons.
J. 
Temporary signs.
K. 
Projecting signs.
L. 
Any sign or sign structure which constitutes a hazard to public safety or health.
M. 
Signs which, by reason of size, location, content, coloring, or manner of illumination, obstruct the vision of drivers, either when leaving a roadway or driveway, or obstruct or detract from the visibility or effectiveness of any traffic sign or control device on public streets.
N. 
Signs which make use of words such as "Stop," "Look," "One Way," "Danger," "Yield," or similar words, phrases, symbols, lights or characters in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic.
O. 
Any obsolete sign which no longer identifies a bona fide business conducted or product sold.
P. 
Signs painted on, attached to, or supported by a tree, utility pole, stone, cliff or other natural object.
Q. 
Banners, except as provided for in exempt classification and § 27-605.7.I.
R. 
Ban lighting, fascia lighting, strip lighting, and the like.
S. 
Vehicular signs.
T. 
All sign panels shall be designed and constructed of permanent materials. Temporary signs or banners shall not be permitted as signage under the requirements of this chapter.
[Added by Ord. 2010-403, 10/7/2010; as amended by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 1]
U. 
Commercial messages and logos shall not be projected onto a building or structure.
[Added by Ord. 2010-403, 10/7/2010; as amended by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 1]

§ 27-603 General Provisions.

[Ord. 96-267, 5/2/1996; as amended by Ord. 2005-354, 2/3/2005, § 4]
1. 
Zoning Approval for Structural Alteration or Erection of Structures and Zoning Approval for Occupancy and Use for Signs.
A. 
When Required. If a sign requiring a zoning approval under the provisions of this chapter is to be placed, constructed, erected or modified on a lot or site, the owner of the lot shall secure a zoning approval prior to the construction, placement, erection or modification of such a sign and a zoning approval for occupancy and use after completion of such sign in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
No zoning approval of any kind shall be issued for an existing or proposed sign unless such sign is consistent with the requirements of this chapter in every respect and with the master signage plan for the lot or site, shopping center, or multiple-establishment center.
C. 
Application Content for a Zoning Approval for Structural Alteration or Erection of Structures for a Sign. In addition to the items required by § 27-1101.2, an application for a zoning approval for structural alteration or erection of structures for a sign shall include the following:
(1) 
Two copies of landscaping plan with other required documentation demonstrating compliance with landscaping requirements of this part.
(2) 
Two copies of detailed construction plans for the sign with accompanying documentation including sign area calculations demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the approved master signage plan, this part, and this chapter.
2. 
Master Signage Plan.
A. 
No zoning approval shall be issued for an individual sign requiring a zoning approval unless and until a master signage plan for the lot or site, multiple-establishment center or shopping center or mixed use center on which the signs will be erected has been submitted to the Zoning Officer and approved by the Zoning Officer as conforming with this chapter.
B. 
For any lot or site, business center, or shopping center or mixed use center on which the owner proposes to erect one or more signs requiring a zoning approval, the owner shall submit to the Zoning Officer a master signage plan containing the following:
(1) 
Two copies of a site plan of the lot or site clearly and legibly drawn at a scale of one inch being equal to 50 feet or less, showing the information required by § 27-1101.2.B and showing the following:
(a) 
An accurate indication on the plot plan of the proposed location of each present and future sign of any type, whether requiring a zoning approval or not, except that incidental signs need not be shown.
(2) 
Two copies of for building signs, building elevations drawn to scale of each side of the building on which a sign is located or will be placed showing the following:
(a) 
Lighting.
(b) 
Location of each existing and proposed sign on the building.
(c) 
Material.
(d) 
Color scheme.
(e) 
Lettering or graphic style.
(3) 
Two copies of landscaping plan.
(4) 
Computation of the maximum total sign area, the maximum area for individual signs, the height of signs, and the number of freestanding signs allowed on the lot or site.
C. 
The master signage plan may contain such other restrictions as the landowners of the lot or site may reasonably determine.
D. 
A master signage plan may be amended by filing a new master signage plan that conforms with all the requirements of this chapter.
E. 
After approval of a master signage plan, no sign shall be erected, placed, painted, or maintained except in conformance with such plan and such plan may be enforced in the same way as any provision of this chapter.
3. 
Computation of Sign Area.
A. 
Single-Faced Signs. The area of a sign face shall be computed by means of the smallest rectilinear, circular or triangular shape that will encompass the extreme limits of the writing, representation, emblem, or other display, together with any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display or used to differentiate the sign from the back drop or structure against which it is placed, but not including any supporting framework, bracing, or decorative fence or wall when such fence or wall otherwise meets zoning regulations and is clearly incidental to the display itself.
B. 
Multifaced Signs. The sign area for a sign with more than one face shall be computed by adding together the area of all sign faces visible from any one point. When two identical sign faces are placed back to back, so that both faces cannot be viewed from any one point at the same time, and when such sign faces are part of the same sign structure and are not more than 36 inches apart, the sign shall be computed by the measurement of one of the faces.
C. 
Maximum Total Sign Area for a Lot or Site. The maximum total sign area for a lot or site shall be in accordance with § 27-604.2, maximum total sign area per lot or site, for the zoning district in which the lot or site is located.
4. 
Computation of Sign Height. The height of a sign shall be computed as the distance from the base of the sign at normal grade to the top of the highest attached component of the sign. Normal grade shall be construed to be the lower of the following:
A. 
Existing grade prior to construction.
B. 
The newly established grade after construction, exclusive of any filling, berming, mounding, or excavating solely for the purpose of locating the sign.
C. 
In cases in which the normal grade cannot reasonably be determined, sign height shall be computed on the assumption that the elevation of the normal grade at the base of the sign is equal to the elevation of the nearest point of the crown of a public street or the grade of the land at the principal entrance to the principal structure on the lot or site, whichever is lower.
5. 
Public Right-of-Way. No sign shall be erected in the public right-of-way.
6. 
Clear Sight Triangle. No sign shall be erected in the clear sight triangle area as provided in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22].
7. 
Landscaping.
A. 
All freestanding signs permitted by this chapter shall be landscaped with ornamental plantings and shrubs at the base of such sign and shall screen the base from view from the public right-of-way. Unless otherwise required for a particular type of sign, the area of such landscaping shall be equal to two times the area of the sign.
B. 
Such landscape screening shall be maintained in full effect for the duration of the existence of the sign. No such landscape screening shall be removed without prior approval of the Township and only upon submission of a new landscaping plan providing for screening of the base of such sign.
8. 
Design, Construction, and Maintenance. All signs shall be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the following standards:
A. 
All signs shall comply with applicable provisions of the Township Building Codes in effect and with Ord. 94-236, 8/4/1994, and as it may be amended, known as the "Building Number Identification Ordinance."
B. 
All signs shall be constructed of permanent materials and shall be permanently attached to the ground, a building, or another structure by direct attachment to a rigid wall, frame, or structure.
C. 
All signs shall be maintained in good structural condition, and in compliance with the Township Building Codes and in conformance with this chapter at all times.
D. 
All signs shall be maintained in good physical condition with no chipped, peeling, or fading faces or structures, no loose material or lettering. Metal surfaces shall be maintained free of rust. All signs shall be maintained free of deterioration, decomposition, and decay.

§ 27-604 District Requirements.

[Ord. 96-267, 5/2/1996; as amended by Ord. 97-284, 11/6/1997, § 14; by Ord. 98-288, 3/26/1998, §§ 8, 9; by Ord. 99-300, 11/23/1999, § 10; by Ord. 2001-311, 3/1/2000, § 12; by Ord. 2002-334, 11/7/2002, § 5; by Ord. 2003-342, 7/1/2003, § 4; by Ord. 2005-354, 2/3/2005, §§ 5, 8; and by Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
1. 
Applicability of District Requirements. All signs authorized by § 27-602, Authorized Uses, shall comply with the district requirements set forth in this section except as set forth in § 27-605, Specific Regulations.
2. 
Maximum Total Sign Area per Lot or Site. The maximum total area of all signs (excluding directional/incidental and suspended building signs) on a lot or site shall not exceed the lowest figure of the three derived based upon the following table[1] for the zoning district in which the lot or site is located, except for shopping centers, nonresidential subdivision identification signs, multiple-establishment centers, billboards and mixed-use centers as defined herein.
[1]
Editor's Note: The table outlining the formula for determining maximum total sign area per lot or site by zoning district is included at the end of this chapter.
3. 
Number of Signs per Lot or Site, Individual Sign Area, Height, Yards, and Vertical Clearance. The following requirements shall apply to various types of signs by zoning district.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The Table of Sign Requirements by Sign Type and by Zoning District is included as an attachment to this chapter.
4. 
Illumination.
[Amended by Ord. 2013-437, 6/6/2013]
A. 
The illumination of signs in each zoning district shall conform with 27 Attachment 2, "Table of Types of Illumination, Zoning Districts Where Authorized."[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: The Table of Types of Illumination, Zoning Districts where Authorized, and Method of Authorization is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
Internal illumination, where permitted, shall be designed so that when illuminated at night, only the letters and logos of the sign are visible. This shall be done by using an opaque background with translucent letters and logos. No light shall emanate through the background, the borders, sides, or any other surface of the sign or its supporting structure.
(1) 
Illumination of electronic message center signs shall comply with § 27-605.12.
C. 
No sign within a residential zoning district or within 150 feet of a residential zoning district may be illuminated between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
D. 
External illumination of "residential use" signs shall be designed, directed and located so that only the sign is illuminated. No light shall emanate past the sign or illuminate any other adjacent structure or property. Residential street signs are not permitted to be illuminated.

§ 27-605 Specific Regulations.

[Ord. 96-267, 5/2/1996; as amended by Ord. 97-284, 11/6/1997, §§ 15-18; by Ord. 2000-305, 8/3/2000, § 7; by Ord. 2001-311, 3/1/2001, § 13; by Ord. 2002-332, 9/5/2002, § 4; by Ord. 2003-343, 7/1/2003, §§ 3, 4; by Ord. 2005-354, 2/3/2004, § 9; and by Ord. 2005-357, 2/3/2005, § 7]
1. 
Billboards.
A. 
Location. Billboards shall be located within 75 feet of the right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) and I-79 in zoning districts where authorized.
B. 
Number permitted: one per lot.
C. 
Minimum lot area: 6,000 square feet.
D. 
Minimum lot width: 60 feet.
E. 
Yard Requirements.
(1) 
Front yard: 50 feet.
(2) 
Other yard abutting a residential zoning district or use: 100 feet; abutting all other zoning districts: 25 feet.
F. 
Separation Between Billboards. No such billboards shall be located within 3,000 feet in any direction of any other existing or proposed billboard.
G. 
Maximum Sign Area.
(1) 
Per Billboard. The area of a billboard shall not exceed 376 square feet with only single-face signs permitted. For the purposes of calculating square footage of billboards, § 27-604.2 shall not apply.
(2) 
Per Lot or Site. If a lot or site has an existing or proposed billboard located thereon, and the square footage of such sign is equal to or in excess of the maximum allowable in accordance with § 27-604.2, Maximum Total Sign Area per Lot or Site, then the lot or site shall not be permitted any additional signage of any type, whether freestanding or building.
H. 
Maximum Height. The height of a billboard shall not exceed 35 feet to the top of the sign.
I. 
Design. All billboards shall be attached to the ground by a single vertical metal or concrete post, pillar, pole, or column.
J. 
Illumination. Illumination of billboards shall be by external illumination only, but no direct ray of light shall extend beyond the face of the sign.
K. 
Owner Identification. All billboards shall be identified on the structure with the name and address of the owner of such sign.
L. 
Relationship to General Provisions. Billboards shall be subject to the requirements of § 27-603, General Provisions; however, where there is any conflict with the provisions of this section, the provisions of Subsection 1 shall govern.
M. 
Landscaping Requirements.
(1) 
A decorative landscaped strip shall be located immediately adjoining the supporting structure of the billboard and extending a minimum of five feet from the sign in all directions.
(2) 
A hedge or other durable planting of at least two feet in height, shall extend the entire length and breadth of the required landscaped strip.
(3) 
The rear side of a single-faced billboard shall be of one color and screened by existing or natural landscaping materials or by a planting of evergreen trees at least six feet tall.
(4) 
Two flowering trees a minimum of six feet in height shall be planted within the required landscaped strip.
2. 
Multiple-Establishment Center Signs. The following regulations shall apply to signs for multiple-establishment centers consisting of three or more non-retail establishments forming a cohesive group of uses in a single building having direct access to the outdoors or in a group of two or more buildings arranged and constructed on a lot or site according to a plan and sometimes having common parking.
A. 
Freestanding Signs.
(1) 
Number.
(a) 
Only one freestanding sign identifying the multiple-establishment center and/or individual business within the multiple-establishment center may be erected on lands occupied by a business center along the public street adjoining such lands from which street access is provided to said lands.
(b) 
A second freestanding sign shall be permitted if the multiple-establishment center has street frontage along more than one public street provided that such street frontage is in excess of 600 feet adjoining such lands from which street access is provided to said lands.
(2) 
Maximum Sign Area. No freestanding sign shall have an area which exceeds the square footage calculated by multiplying one square foot times the product of one-half of the linear feet of street frontage of lands adjoining a public street, but in no event shall such sign exceed 100 square feet.
(3) 
Maximum Height. The height of such sign shall not exceed 10 feet and it shall be set back a minimum of 10 feet.
(4) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this chapter.
(5) 
Type. All such signs shall be of monument sign type.
(6) 
[1]Maximum Length. The maximum length of such sign shall not exceed 16 feet six inches.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection 2A(6), which contained provisions on freestanding multiple-establishment center signs, was repealed by Ord. 2011-411, 3/3/2011, §9. Ordinance 2011-4011 also renumbered former Subsection 2A(7) as Subsection 2A(6).
B. 
Building Signs.
(1) 
Number. Individual businesses within a multiple-establishment center shall be permitted one building sign in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(2) 
Maximum Sign Area. No building sign for an individual business within a multiple-establishment center shall have an area that exceeds one square foot per linear front foot of that portion of the building occupied by the individual business, but in no event shall such area exceed 100 square feet.
(3) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this chapter.
3. 
Directional/Incidental Signs.
A. 
A sign generally informational, that has a purpose secondary to the use of the lot or site on which it is located, such as "No Parking," "Entrance," "Exit," "One Way," "Loading Only," "Telephone," and other similar directives, and provided that such sign does not exceed five square feet. Directional, incidental sign shall be located only in conjunction with site drive enhances and/or internal traffic drive aisles.
B. 
Freestanding Sign.
(1) 
No commercial message of any kind shall be permitted on the sign.
(2) 
Maximum sign area: five square feet.
C. 
Building Sign. No commercial message shall be permitted on the sign except for a commercial message drawing attention to an activity legally offered on the premises.
4. 
Residential Sign. No commercial message shall be permitted on the sign except for a commercial message drawing attention to an activity legally offered on the premises.
5. 
Shopping Center Signs. The following regulations shall apply to shopping center signs:
A. 
Freestanding Signs.
(1) 
Number.
(a) 
Only one freestanding sign identifying the shopping center and/or individual business within the shopping center may be erected on lands occupied by a shopping center along the public street adjoining such lands from which street access is provided to said lands.
(b) 
A second freestanding sign shall be permitted if the shopping center has street frontage along more than one public street provided that:
1) 
The street frontage provides direct access to such land.
2) 
The street frontage is in excess of 600 linear feet.
(2) 
Maximum sign area and height. The square foot area of all freestanding signs in shopping centers shall be allowed as follows:
[Amended by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 2]
(a) 
Neighborhood Shopping Center: maximum 100 square feet of sign area, provided that the sign must have decorative masonry construction on both sides and top, there shall be no separation between the bottom of the sign and grade level, and the sign height shall not exceed 10 feet.
(b) 
Community Shopping Center: maximum 150 square feet of sign area, provided that the sign must have decorative masonry construction on both sides and top, there shall be no separation between the bottom of the sign and grade level, and the sign height shall not exceed 15 feet.
(c) 
Regional Shopping Center: maximum 300 square feet of sign area, provided that the sign must have decorative masonry construction on both sides and top, there shall be no separation between the bottom of the sign and grade level, and the sign height shall not exceed 20 feet.
(3) 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection 5A(3), Maximum Height, was repealed by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 2. For current height restrictions, see Subsection 5A(2) above.
(4) 
Minimum required front, rear, and side yards: 10 feet.
(5) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this chapter.
(6) 
Type. All such signs shall be of monument sign type.
(7) 
Maximum Length. The maximum length of such sign shall not exceed 16 feet six inches.
B. 
Building Signs.
(1) 
Number.
(a) 
Individual businesses within a shopping center shall be permitted one building sign in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(b) 
A second building sign shall be permitted to any individual business within a shopping center provided that it can meet one of the following criteria and all other provisions of this section:
1) 
The ground floor area of such individual business within the shopping center is in excess of 30,000 square feet.
2) 
Such individual business is located on an out parcel and is a freestanding structure.
3) 
In the event a second building sign is permitted, not more than one building sign shall be erected on any one wall facing the same direction for an individual business within the shopping center.
(2) 
Maximum Sign Area. No building sign for an individual business within a shopping center shall have an area that exceeds one square foot per linear front foot of that portion of the building occupied by the individual business, but in no event shall such area exceed 120 square feet.
(3) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this chapter.
6. 
Temporary Residential Real Estate Signs.
A. 
Number. There shall be not more than one temporary real estate sign for each lot except that where a lot abuts two or more streets, an additional sign oriented to each abutting street shall be permitted.
B. 
Maximum sign area: six square feet.
C. 
Maximum height: five feet.
D. 
Location. Temporary real estate signs shall be located only upon the premises for sale, lease, or rent. Such signs shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from any street right-of-way and adjacent property lines.
E. 
Removal. Temporary real estate signs shall be removed within seven days of the sale or lease of the premises.
F. 
Illumination. No illumination shall be permitted.
G. 
Temporary real estate signs for the purpose of advertising open houses, located off site or lot shall not be permitted except for on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. and ending 7:00 p.m. and weekends beginning 8:00 a.m. Saturday mornings and ending 7:00 p.m. Sunday evenings.
H. 
In addition to these requirements any residential development of six or more lots shall be permitted temporary real estate signs in accordance with the following provisions:
(1) 
Common real estate development signs may be located within the development a minimum of 10 feet from any existing or proposed public street right-of-way.
(2) 
Such signs may advertise only the lots in the development in which the sign is located and shall not include the realtor's, developer's, or landowner's business in general.
(3) 
A maximum of one sign per development entrance shall be permitted of a maximum of 32 square feet in surface area.
(4) 
No such sign shall be illuminated in any manner.
(5) 
A maximum of one temporary real estate sign shall be permitted per residential lot in addition to the common development signs having a maximum of six square feet and a maximum of five feet in height.
(6) 
The common real estate development signs shall be removed when 90% of the lots therein are sold.
7. 
Temporary Nonresidential Real Estate and Preoccupancy Signs.
A. 
Number. There shall be not more than one temporary real estate development sign or preoccupancy sign for each lot or site except that where a lot abuts two or more streets, an additional sign oriented to each abutting street shall be permitted.
B. 
Maximum area: 32 square feet.
C. 
Maximum height: eight feet for all freestanding signs and maximum to the building height for preoccupancy building mounted signs.
D. 
Location. Such signs shall be located only upon the premises for sale, lease, or rent or for which they are advertising. Such signs shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from any street right-of-way and adjacent property lines.
E. 
Removal. Temporary nonresidential real estate signs shall be removed within seven days of the sale or lease of the premises and preoccupancy signs shall be removed within 30 calendar days after issuance of zoning approval and/or building occupancy permit for premises.
F. 
Illumination. No illumination shall be permitted.
G. 
In addition to these requirements any nonresidential developments such as an industrial center/park, business park, office park, or multiple-establishment centers of more than three lots shall be permitted a common or shared temporary real estate sign in accordance with the following provisions:
(1) 
Common real estate development signs may be located within the development a minimum of 10 feet from any existing or proposed public street right-of-way.
(2) 
Such signs may advertise only the lots in the development in which the sign is located and shall not include the realtor's, developer's, or landowner's business in general.
(3) 
A maximum of one sign per development entrance shall be permitted of a maximum of 32 square feet in surface area and eight feet in height.
(4) 
No such sign shall be illuminated in any manner.
(5) 
The common real estate development signs shall be removed when 90% of the lots therein are sold or developed.
H. 
Preoccupancy signs are intended for use as a coming soon or now hiring advertisement. Signs may only advertise the soon to come business or their intent to hire and not include any realtor's, developer's or landowner's information.
I. 
Preoccupancy sign banners may only be used if attached in a secure manner to a rigid backing, fabricated structure, or structure such as an existing sign, on-site construction/hiring office, or building. Banners may not be permitted to span two fixed points and may not be attached to natural features such as trees, rocks, and the like.
8. 
Hotel/Motel Signs. The following regulations shall apply to hotel signs:
A. 
Freestanding Signs.
(1) 
Number.
(a) 
Only one freestanding sign identifying the hotel/motel may be erected on lands occupied by a hotel/motel along the public street adjoining such lands from which street access is provided to said lands.
(b) 
A second freestanding sign shall be permitted if the hotel/motel has street frontage along more than one public street provided that:
1) 
The street frontage provides direct access to such land.
2) 
The street frontage is in excess of 600 linear feet.
(2) 
Maximum Sign Area. No freestanding sign shall have an area which exceeds the square footage calculated by multiplying one square foot times the product of half of the linear feet of street frontage of lands adjoining a public street, but in no event shall such sign exceed 100 square feet.
(3) 
Maximum height: 10 feet.
(4) 
Minimum required front, rear, and side yards: 10 feet.
(5) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this part.
(6) 
Type. All such signs shall be of monument sign type.
(7) 
Maximum Length. The maximum length of such sign shall not exceed 16 feet six inches.
B. 
Building Signs.
(1) 
Number.
(a) 
Hotel/motel shall be permitted one building sign in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(b) 
One additional building sign shall be permitted, provided that it can meet the following criteria and all other provisions of this Section.
[Amended by Ord. 2010-403, 10/7/2010; and by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 3]
1) 
The gross floor area of such hotel/motel is in excess of 30,000 square feet.
2) 
Not more than one building sign shall be erected on any one wall facing the same direction.
(c) 
Maximum Sign Area. No building sign for a hotel/motel shall have an area that exceeds 4.5% of the structure wall upon which it is mounted, but in no event shall such area exceed 200 square feet.
[Amended by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 3]
(d) 
Illumination. Illumination of such sign shall be in accordance with § 27-604.4 of this part.
9. 
CCD Signage. The following sign regulations shall apply to nonresidential uses within an approved CCD.
[Amended by Ord. 2011-411, 3/3/2011, § 10; and by Ord. 2012-430, 8/2/2012, § 3]
A. 
Each nonresidential establishment shall be permitted signage as a use by right as provided in § 27-602.1.B(1) total of 35 square feet of signage which may be applied among the following four sign types:
(1) 
A projecting wall sign maybe permitted provided that the lower edge of the sign is a minimum of 10 feet above grade, but does not extend more than six feet from the building wall and not higher than the first floor or 15 feet, whichever is less. A projecting wall sign shall not exceed 10 square feet in area as shown in Drawing Z-6 found in 27 Attachment 9.
(2) 
A flat wall sign may be permitted provided the flat wall sign does not exceed 15 square feet in area and maybe mounted on either side of a doorway or between the first and second floors of a multistory building.
(a) 
An awning sign may be used in lieu of a flat wall sign or in combination provided the following standards are met:
1) 
Awning signs shall maintain a clear height of at least 10 feet and maximum of six feet in depth out in front of the building. Material shall be canvas cloth or an equivalent material, but in no case shall shiny or reflective material as well as metal, plastic or glass be permitted. Lettering shall be limited to 12 inches vertically. See Drawing Z-7 found in 27 Attachment 9.
(3) 
A CCD freestanding sign may be permitted provided it does not exceed 10 square feet in area and nine feet in height. CCD freestanding signs must be located within 12 feet of the building. See Drawing Z-8 found in 27 Attachment 9.
(4) 
Additional Sign. One sandwich board portable sign may be permitted provided it is displayed only during normal business hours and will be permitted in addition to the total 35 square feet permitted per establishment.
(a) 
The sandwich board may be placed on the sidewalk immediately in front of the use, provided a five-foot clear pedestrian passage is maintained.
(b) 
The sandwich board sign shall be a maximum of 10 square feet and shall resemble the shape and construction shown in Drawing Z-9 found in 27 Attachment 9.
B. 
Backlit and internally illuminated signs are not permitted in the CCD. Illumination shall be from a concealed indirect source only.
10. 
Mixed Use Center Signs. The following regulations shall apply to mixed use center signs:
A. 
Purpose. Signs within a mixed use center shall:
(1) 
Adequately and effectively communicate business identity and type to the public.
(2) 
Be pedestrian oriented and as small in size and few in number as is consistent with their purpose of communicating identification and essential information.
(3) 
Protect the mixed use center from sign clutter and visual blight resulting from excessive and redundant signs.
(4) 
Be architecturally compatible with the style, composition, materials, colors and details of the building and its vicinity and contribute to the character of the mixed use center.
B. 
Freestanding Signs.
(1) 
No more than one freestanding sign identifying the mixed use center and/or individual businesses within the mixed use center shall be permitted for each property's street frontage along a public street with a maximum of two such signs.
(2) 
Any outparcel that is a part of a mixed use center shall not be permitted a freestanding sign.
(3) 
Type. All such signs shall be of monument sign type.
(4) 
Maximum Sign Area. The total sign area of the freestanding sign shall be a maximum of 1/2 square foot of signage for each linear foot of street frontage along a public street, except that no such sign shall exceed 100 square feet.
(5) 
Maximum height: 10 feet.
(6) 
Minimum required front, side, and rear yards: 10 feet.
(7) 
Maximum Length. The maximum length of such sign shall not exceed 16 1/2 feet.
C. 
Suspended Sign. Suspended signs shall be permitted under canopies or along pedestrian arcades as follows:
(1) 
Such sign shall not exceed two square feet in area.
(2) 
Such sign shall not be illuminated separately.
(3) 
Such sign shall not exceed one per tenant in a multitenant building entrance.
(4) 
Such sign shall contain only the address, suite number, logo or name of the occupant or business served by the entrance.
(5) 
Such sign shall not be calculated as part of the permitted total sign area.
D. 
Ground Directory Sign. A directory sign shall be permitted in a mixed use center in accordance with the following:
(1) 
No more than two ground directory signs shall be permitted per mixed use center.
(2) 
Logo/name directory signs in a mixed use center shall be located near entrances to parking areas, but not less than 50 feet from any public right-of-way, and at principal intersection within the development, where such intersections are not less than 50 feet from any public right-of way.
(3) 
Such sign shall not exceed 16 square feet in area and 42 inches in height.
(4) 
Such signs may contain logos or business names with arrows or other directional information but shall not contain any commercial message.
(5) 
Such sign shall not be internally illuminated.
(6) 
Such sign shall not be calculated as part of the permitted total sign area.
E. 
Wall Mounted Directory Sign. Wall mounted building directory signs identifying the occupants of a building, including upper story business uses shall be permitted for buildings with multiple tenants, provided that the following standards are met:
(1) 
The sign is located next to the principal entrance.
(2) 
The sign shall not project outward from the wall more than six inches.
(3) 
The sign shall not extend above the parapet, cave or building facade.
(4) 
The sign shall not be internally illuminated.
(5) 
Such sign shall not be calculated as part of the permitted total sign area when the sign does not exceed three square feet.
(6) 
When a wall-mounted sign exceeds three square feet in total area, all area over three square feet shall be considered as part of the building's overall allowed sign area. In no case shall a wall-mounted directory sign have an area that exceeds 24 square feet or 10% of the wall area to which the sign is affixed, whichever is less.
F. 
Building Signs.
(1) 
An individual business within a mixed-use center shall be permitted one building sign, except as permitted below.
(2) 
Maximum Sign Area. A building sign for an individual business within a mixed-use center shall be a maximum of one square foot of signage for each linear foot of that portion of the building occupied by the individual business, except that in no case shall such sign exceed 100 square feet.
(3) 
Second Sign. A second building sign shall be permitted to any individual business within a mixed-use center in accordance with one of the following requirements:
(a) 
Requirements.
1) 
The ground-floor area of such individual business within the mixed-use center exceeds 25,000 square feet.
2) 
The individual business is located on an outparcel and is a freestanding building.
3) 
No more than one building sign shall be affixed to any one wall facing the same direction for an individual business within the mixed-use center.
(b) 
Maximum Sign Area. Any second building sign permitted for an individual business within a mixed-use center shall be a maximum of one square foot of signage for each linear foot of that portion of the building occupied by the individual business, except that in no case shall such sign exceed 80 square feet.
(4) 
No projecting sign shall exceed 30 square feet or be internally illuminated.
11. 
C-1 District Signs. The following regulations shall apply to all signs within the C-1 District, in addition to any other applicable sign regulations of the Code.
[Added by Ord. 2006-369, 4/5/2006, § 7; as amended by Ord. 2010-404, 10/7/2010, § 4]
A. 
Internally illuminated awnings and canopies are prohibited.
12. 
Electronic Message Center Signs.
[Added by Ord. 2013-435, 3/27/2013]
A. 
All electronic message center signs shall meet the following requirements:
(1) 
Only permitted in a commercial zoning district on a property that is immediately adjacent to the public right-of-way of the following roads, except that electronic message center signs for public education facilities and religious establishments may be located in any commercial zoning district:
(a) 
Route 19, between the intersection of Route 19/Rowan Road/Ogle View Road and the Township's southern border with Marshall Township.
(b) 
Route 228, between the intersection of Route 228/Franklin Road and Route 228/Route 19/Freedom Road.
(c) 
Freedom Road, between the intersection of Freedom Road/Route 19/Route 228 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
(2) 
Only one sign permitted per property, and no electronic message center sign shall be permitted on any property that has an existing or proposed manual or mechanical changeable-copy sign. An electronic message center sign with faces back to back shall be treated as one sign, provided said sign faces are parallel or are adjoined on one end and have a separation of no more than three feet on the opposite end.
(3) 
Shall be constructed only as part of a monument sign.
(4) 
May occupy no more than a contiguous 50% of the actual copy and graphic area of a monument sign, up to a maximum of 50 contiguous square feet.
(5) 
All images, messages, and graphics displayed must be static. Animation and video displays are prohibited.
(6) 
Each individual message or display may be displayed for no shorter than 15 consecutive seconds.
(7) 
Flashing signs are prohibited.
(8) 
The transition from one static display to another must be instantaneous without any special effects, including but not limited to flashing, spinning, revolving transition methods, scrolling from left to right or top to bottom, slot machine, splice, mesh, radar, kaleidoscope, spin, or any other animated transition.
(9) 
The entire sign display area must be black or blank for a period of three seconds between each message.
(10) 
The images and messages displayed must be complete in themselves, without continuation in content to the next image or message or to any other sign.
(11) 
The displays must be equipped with a means to immediately discontinue the display if it malfunctions.
(12) 
The sign shall not have movement, or the appearance or optical illusion of movement or varying light intensity, of any part of the sign structure, design or pictorial segment of the sign.
(13) 
Must have a mechanism that automatically adjusts the illuminative brightness of the display.
(14) 
No sign shall be brighter than 5,000 nits between sunrise and sunset and 250 nits between sunset and sunrise, measured according to recognized industry standards for brightness measurement.
(15) 
The intensity of the sign light source shall not produce glare, the effect of which constitutes a traffic hazard or is otherwise detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare.
(16) 
The brightness of a sign may not interfere with nearby traffic control devices.
(17) 
The use of streaming video or full-motion video on any sign is prohibited.
13. 
Manual or Mechanical Changeable-Copy Signs.
[Added by Ord. 2013-435, 3/27/2013]
A. 
All manual or mechanical changeable-copy signs shall meet the following requirements:
(1) 
Only permitted in a commercial zoning district on a property that is immediately adjacent to the public right-of-way of the following roads, except that manual or mechanical changeable-copy signs for public education facilities and religious establishments may be located in any commercial zoning district:
(a) 
Route 19, between the intersection of Route 19/Rowan Road/Ogle View Road and the Township's southern border with Marshall Township.
(b) 
Route 228, between the intersection of Route 228/Franklin Road and Route 228/Route 19/Freedom Road.
(c) 
Freedom Road, between the intersection of Freedom Road/Route 19/Route 228 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
(2) 
Only one sign permitted per property, and no manual or mechanical changeable-copy sign shall be permitted on any property that has an existing or proposed electronic message center sign. A manual or mechanical changeable-copy sign with faces back to back shall be treated as one sign, provided said sign faces are parallel or are adjoined on one end and have a separation of no more than three feet on the opposite end.
(3) 
Shall be constructed only as part of a monument sign.
(4) 
May occupy no more than a contiguous 50% of the actual copy and graphic area of a monument sign, up to a maximum of 50 contiguous square feet.
(5) 
The sign shall not have movement, or the appearance or optical illusion of movement or varying light intensity, of any part of the sign structure, design or pictorial segment of the sign.
14. 
Building Signs for One- and/or Two-Tenant Commercial Buildings.
[Added by Ord. 2014-442, 3/6/2014]
A. 
Building-Mounted Signs.
(1) 
Maximum Sign Area. The square footage of building-mounted signage for one- and/or two-tenant buildings shall be allowed as follows. All sign size allowances are per tenant.
(a) 
80,000 square feet of gross building or tenant space area or more: 600 square feet of building-mounted signage.
1) 
No one sign shall be larger than 300 square feet.
2) 
No two signs shall face any one direction.
(b) 
79,999 to 50,000 square feet of gross building or tenant space area: 500 square feet of building-mounted signage.
1) 
No one sign shall be larger than 250 square feet.
2) 
No two signs shall face any one direction.
(c) 
49,999 to 25,000 square feet of gross building or tenant space area: 400 square feet of building-mounted signage.
1) 
No one sign shall be larger than 200 square feet.
2) 
No two signs shall face any one direction.
(d) 
24,999 to 1 square feet of gross building or tenant space area: 200 square feet of building-mounted signage.
1) 
No one sign shall be larger than 120 square feet.
2) 
No two signs shall face any one direction.
15. 
Freestanding Sign Requirements for Two-Tenant Buildings.
[Added by Ord. 2014-442, 3/6/2014]
A. 
Freestanding Signs.
(1) 
Maximum Sign Area. The square footage of freestanding signage for two-tenant buildings shall be allowed as follows.
(a) 
100 square feet total for both tenants.