Village of Homer Glen, IL
Will County
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A. 
Purpose. The provisions of this section establish criteria for submission and approval of site plans, access control, lighting and signage pursuant to the regulations hereinafter set forth.
B. 
Scope of regulations. Site plan review shall be required for any new development or redevelopment which contains one or more transition yards. "Redevelopment," for the purposes of this section, shall mean the increase of the intensity of use of any building, structure or premises through the addition of dwelling units, gross floor area, seating capacity or similar units of measure. Without limiting the foregoing, the following activities require a site plan:
(1) 
All permitted uses in residential zoning districts, except the following:
(a) 
Individual single-family detached dwellings.
(b) 
Agricultural structures on farmsteads.
(c) 
Any use permitted on a temporary basis.
(2) 
Subdivisions.
(3) 
All permitted uses in commercial and individual districts.
(4) 
When an alteration or amendment is proposed to the site improvements or design of a previously approved site plan.
(5) 
All special uses and planned unit developments.
(6) 
Government, public and quasi-public buildings.
(7) 
Accessory uses and structures, unless the requirement for site plan review is waived by the Zoning Officer.
C. 
Site plan criteria. The site plan shall contain the following information and submittals:
(1) 
General requirements. All site plans shall include the following:
(a) 
Site plans, or any portion thereof, involving engineering, architecture, or land surveying shall be respectively certified by an engineer, architect, or land surveyor authorized by the state to practice as such.
(b) 
Site plans shall be prepared to a reasonable scale, not greater than one inch equals 100 feet.
(c) 
The location of the property by an insert map at a scale of not less than one inch equals 500 feet, indicating such information as the names and numbers of adjoining roads, streams and bodies of water, railroads, subdivisions, towns, or other landmarks sufficient to clearly identify the location of the property.
(d) 
The name and address of the owner and developer, the North point, date and scale of drawing, and number of sheets.
(e) 
A boundary survey of the property.
(f) 
All existing and proposed streets and easements, their names, widths and whether such streets will be publicly dedicated; existing and proposed utilities; watercourses and their names; owners of adjacent properties and the zoning and present use of all adjoining properties.
(g) 
The size and location of all floodplains, floodways and wetlands.
(h) 
The size and location of proposed detention and retention areas, including normal and high water lines and whether such areas will be wet or dry bottom.
(i) 
The size in square feet of all lots, the width and depth of each lot, all required setback lines on each lot, the average lot size of the entire subdivision.
(j) 
Location, type, size and height of fencing, retaining walls and screen planting as required by the provisions of this chapter.
(k) 
All off-street parking, driveways, loading spaces and walkways; indicating type of surfacing, size, angle of stalls, width of aisles and a specific schedule showing the number of parking spaces provided and the number required by the provisions of this chapter.
(l) 
All bike trails or other amenities provided on the property.
(m) 
The proposed location, general use, number of floors, height and the net and gross floor area for each building; including outside display areas, the proposed floor area ratio and, where applicable, the number, size and type of dwelling units.
(n) 
For all uses except single-family detached homes, architectural elevations.
(o) 
Proposed finished grading by contours and ground floor elevation.
(2) 
Access controls. The following information shall be provided in the submission of a site plan for approval by the Zoning Officer:
(a) 
Driveway design and geometrics, including curb return radius, width of driveway at the property line, curbed or uncurbed, dimension of any channelizing island or medians, length of driveway (measured parallel to driveway between edge of street and building line) and change in grade between driveway and street (measured where driveway meets the street).
(b) 
A drawing to scale showing distance between proposed driveways and existing driveways on both sides of the street, within 200 feet each direction from the subject property line, with distances to be measured parallel to the street. The site plan shall also show the name and type of land use currently served by these existing driveways.
(c) 
Identification of proposed driveway, signing/marking/striping for intersection control, inbound/outbound movements, turn prohibitions (if any), etc.
(d) 
Based on a review of site topography, street alignment and other factors, the Zoning Officer may require a survey to establish the sight distance to any intersecting street as measured from the driveway.
(3) 
Lighting plan.[1] A lighting plan, in conformance with the regulations hereinafter set forth, shall be submitted for approval by the Zoning Officer which shall provide the following information:
(a) 
Size, setback and height of all freestanding lights and wall lights attached to buildings.
(b) 
Type of lighting on all portions of the site, and levels of lighting in footcandles at all property lines and within the property.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 75, Art. II, Part 20, Outdoor Lighting.
(4) 
Signage plan. A signage plan depicting the following information:
(a) 
Size, location, setback and height of all freestanding business and industrial signs.
(b) 
Materials which comprise the signage.
(5) 
Landscape plans and tree preservation. Landscape and tree preservation plans, in conformance with Village ordinance, shall be submitted as a part of the site plan review.
D. 
Approval required prior to permit. No permits requiring site plan review shall be issued until the site plans have been approved by the Village.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 10.2 of the Zoning Ordinance, Illumination/Lighting Regulations, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). See now Ch. 75, Building Regulations, Art. II, Part 20, Outdoor Lighting.
A. 
Applicability. The provisions of this section shall apply and govern in all zoning districts.
B. 
General requirements.
(1) 
No structure shall hereafter be built or moved, and no structure or land shall hereafter be used, occupied or designed for use or occupancy, unless the minimum off-street parking and off-street loading spaces required by this chapter are provided. No structure or use already established on the effective date of this chapter shall be enlarged unless the minimum off-street parking and loading spaces which would be required for such enlargement are provided.
(2) 
The duty to provide and maintain off-street parking space shall be the joint and shared responsibility of the operator and/or owner of the use and/or land for which off-street parking space is required to be provided and maintained.
(3) 
For land, structures, or uses actually used, occupied, or operated on the effective date of this chapter, there shall be provided such off-street parking space as was required for such land, structures, or uses by any previous ordinance. If such land, structures, or uses are enlarged, expanded, or changed, there shall be provided, for that increment of expansion only, at least the amount of off-street parking space that would be required hereunder if the increment were a separate land, structure, or use established or placed into operation after the effective date of this chapter.
(4) 
For all uses established or placed into operation after the effective date of this chapter, there shall be constructed, provided, preserved, and maintained not less than the amount of off-street parking space hereinafter set forth.
(5) 
Parking and loading spaces for all types of uses may be provided either in garages or parking areas conforming with the provisions of this chapter.
(6) 
No vehicle shall be parked in any front yard.
C. 
Location. Except as otherwise allowed herein, all parking spaces required to serve buildings or uses shall be located on the same lot as the use for which parking is provided.
(1) 
Special location plan. Pursuant to the procedure hereinafter set forth, either part or all of the required off-street parking space may be located off the lot of the use for which the space is provided. Also, two or more uses may share the same off-street parking space and each of the two or more uses may share the same off-street parking space and each of such uses may be considered as having provided such shared space individually. The following limitations shall apply to the "special location plan":
(a) 
All applications for approval of a special location plan shall be filed with the Plan Commission by the owners of the entire land area to be included within the special location plan, the owner or owners of all structures then existing on said land area, and all encumbrances of said land area and structures. The application shall contain sufficient evidence to establish to the satisfaction of the Plan Commission that the applicants are the owners and encumbrances of the designated land and structures and shall include plans showing the following details:
[1] 
The location of the uses or structures for which off-street parking space is required.
[2] 
The location at which the off-street parking space is to be located.
(b) 
The procedure for review of such applications shall be as follows:
[1] 
All applications shall be reviewed and approved by the Plan Commission. Any approval may establish necessary conditions and limitations.
[2] 
Upon approval of a special location plan, a copy of such plan shall be registered and recorded among the records of the County Recorder of Deeds.
[3] 
All special plans registered and recorded hereunder shall be binding upon the applicants for such special plans, their successors and assigns, shall limit and control the issuance and validity of all zoning permits and zoning certificates and shall restrict certificates and shall restrict and limit the use and operation of all land and structures included within such special plans to all conditions and limitations specified in such plans and approvals thereof.
[4] 
All special location plans may be amended pursuant to the same procedure and subject to the same limitations and requirements by which such plans were approved.
[5] 
Upon application to the Plan Commission by the owner or owners of the entire land area included within any special location plan recorded hereunder, any such plan may be withdrawn, either partially or completely, if all uses, land, and structures remaining under such plan comply with all regulations established by this chapter and unrelated to any special plan.
(2) 
Separation from use. Off-street parking shall be located as hereinafter specified (Where a distance is specified, such distance shall be the walking distance measured from the nearest point of the parking facility to the nearest point of the building that such facility is required to serve.):
(a) 
In all residential zoning districts, parking facilities shall be located on the same lot or lots with the building they are required to serve.
(b) 
In all commercial zoning districts, parking facilities shall be located within 300 feet of the building they are required to serve.
(c) 
In all industrial zoning districts, parking facilities shall be located within 600 feet of the building they are required to serve.
(3) 
Restriction. No parking areas shall be located within five feet from any lot line.
D. 
Sharing of space. No use shall be considered as individually having provided off-street parking space which is shared with one or more other uses unless the schedules of operation of all such uses are such that none of the uses sharing the space require the off-street parking space at the same time as any other use sharing the space.
E. 
Separate or combined space. Separate off-street parking space shall be provided for each use, and the parking space required of two or more uses located on the same lot may be combined and used jointly; provided, however:
(1) 
Where off-street parking is combined and used jointly by two or more uses having different standards for determining the amount of off-street parking required, the parking space shall be adequate in area to provide the sum total of off-street parking space requirements of all such uses.
(2) 
Where off-street parking space is combined and used jointly by two or more uses having the same standard for determining the amount of off-street parking space required, all such uses, for the purposes of this section, shall be considered a single unit and the gross floor area of all such uses in all structures in the same lot and the number of employees of all such uses in all structures on the same lot as fixed by the applicable standard, shall be taken as a single total for the purpose of determining the amount of off-street parking space required.
F. 
Size. Except for parallel parking spaces, each required off-street parking space shall be at least nine feet in width and at least 19 feet in length. Such space shall have a vertical clearance of at least seven feet six inches and shall be measured at right angles to the ground. For parallel parking, the length of the parking space shall be increased to 22 feet.
G. 
Access.
(1) 
Except on lots accommodating single-family dwellings, each off-street parking space shall open directly upon an aisle or driveway at least the width as provided in the table below, based upon the angle of the parking stalls provided and whether the aisle serves one or two rows of parking spaces to provide safe and efficient means of vehicular access to such parking space.
Minimum Aisle Width
Parking Angle
Serving One Row
(feet)
Serving Two Rows
(feet)
Parallel
12
12
30°
15
15
45°
18
18
60°
21
21
90°
24
24
(2) 
All off-street parking facilities shall be designed with appropriate means of vehicular access to a street or alley in a manner which will least interfere with traffic movement. Access to parking areas in business districts should be provided by a single access entrance/exit and/or an access road where feasible. Access to such parking areas by curb cuts or driveways across the front lot line should be avoided.
H. 
Design and maintenance. The following shall serve as guidelines for the design and maintenance of off-street parking and loading facilities:
(1) 
Character. Accessory parking spaces may be open to the sky or enclosed in a building.
(2) 
Surfacing. All open off-street parking, except in a single-family district, shall be improved with proper drainage and a dust-free all-weather paved surface material.
(3) 
Landscape islands. Concrete curbed parking lot landscape islands shall be located at both ends of each parking row. Additionally, parking lot landscape islands should also be located within the parking lot. In order to break up long expanses of parking rows, one of the following alternatives should be used:
[Amended 6-25-2013 by Ord. No. 13-040]
(a) 
Alternative A. A maximum of 20 adjacent parking spaces are permitted in any parking row. A concrete curbed landscape island that is at least seven feet wide and extends the length of the parking stall shall be provided to divide the length of the parking row.
(b) 
Alternative B. A continuous landscape island protected by a continuous concrete curb and having a minimum depth of seven feet, measured back of curb to back of curb, may be provided between parking rows. Where such a continuous concrete curbed landscape island is provided, it shall be a minimum of seven feet in width.
(c) 
Alternative C. At the discretion of the Village Board and with the cooperation of the developer, parking lot landscaping may be provided in an alternative manner, such as through the use of native plantings within a bio-swale or other best management practice (BMP).
(4) 
Landscaping. Off-street parking areas for more than four vehicles that adjoin property zoned for any residential use shall have a dense evergreen planting, opaque fence, masonry wall, and/or such other screening in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and such other applicable ordinances of the Village.
(5) 
Lighting. Any lighting used to illuminate off-street parking areas shall be downward directed and shall be directed away from residential properties and public streets in such a way as not to create a nuisance and shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 75, Article II, Part 20, Outdoor Lighting, of the Village Code.
(6) 
Entrances. Off-street parking shall be provided with entrances and exits so located as to minimize traffic congestion. Except on residential lots, each off-street parking space shall open directly upon an aisle or driveway at least 12 feet wide or such additional width and design as may be required to provide safe and efficient means of vehicular access to such parking space.
(7) 
Unobstructed areas. At points of ingress and egress onto streets for any off-street parking area, no structure, parked vehicle, sign, or plant material shall obstruct a clear path of motor vehicle drivers' vision of approaching vehicles within a triangular square at the intersection of any two street right-of-way lines or the intersection of any street right-of-way lines with any edge of any service or other access drive determined by a line drawn connecting two points located 25 feet equidistant along said right-of-way lines or service or access drive edges from the point of intersection thereof.
(8) 
Front yards. No off-street parking shall be located in the required front yard.
(9) 
Shelter building. No parking lot for accessory off-street parking shall have more than one attendant shelter building, which shall conform to all setback and accessory structure requirements.
(10) 
Signs. Accessory signs shall be permitted in parking areas in accordance with the provisions specified in § 220-1005.
I. 
Computation. When determination of the number of off-street parking spaces required by this chapter results in a requirement of a fractional space, a fraction shall be counted as one parking space. The following units of measurement shall apply:
(1) 
Seat or bench. A "seat" shall be the space intended for an individual; in places where patrons or spectators occupy benches, pews, or other seating facilities, each 20 inches of such seating facilities shall be counted as one seat.
(2) 
Employees. "Employees" shall mean the average number of all employees or permanent staff members working or residing on the premises at any one time.
J. 
Minimum spaces required. All uses shall provide off-street parking in accordance with the following:
(1) 
Residential uses.
(a) 
Single- and two-family dwellings: two spaces per dwelling unit.
(b) 
Attached-family dwellings: two spaces per dwelling unit; plus 0.5 guest space for each 1,200 square feet of the dwelling unit.
(c) 
Housing for the elderly.
[1] 
Assisted and independent living: one space per dwelling unit; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
[2] 
Nursing home: one space per three dwelling units or beds; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(d) 
Day-care home: one space per resident, plus one space per employee.
(2) 
Hotels and motels: one space per room plus two spaces per each three employees, plus one space per three persons of maximum capacity of each meeting/banquet room, plus parking as required for bars, restaurants, and gift shops as applicable.
(3) 
Civic facilities: three spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area; any outdoor seating area shall require additional parking of three spaces per 1,000 square feet of land area used for outdoor seating.
(4) 
Schools, institutions, and related uses.
(a) 
Elementary schools and high schools: one space per employee; plus one space per classroom, plus one space per five students aged 16 years or older.
(b) 
Colleges, universities and trade schools: one space per employee; plus one space per each three students based upon the maximum number of students that can be accommodated in accordance with design capacity.
(c) 
Day-care center or preschool: one space per employee plus one space per 10 client children or adults.
(d) 
Religious institutions: one space per four seats based upon maximum capacity of the facility, plus adequate space for all vehicles associated with the institution.
(e) 
Hospitals: one space per two beds, plus one space per employee, plus one space per physician.
(f) 
Auditoriums, theaters, and other places of assembly: one space per three seats based upon the maximum capacity of the facility.
(5) 
Recreational uses.
(a) 
Bowling alleys: five spaces per alley; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees; plus additional spaces as required for bars, restaurants, etc.
(b) 
Golf courses: 50 spaces per nine holes; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(c) 
Golf driving range: one space per tee; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(d) 
Health and athletic club: four spaces per 1,000 square feet of activity area.
(e) 
Playing fields and other outdoor recreational uses: one space per 4,000 square feet of active recreation area; but not less than 25 spaces per playing field, plus one space per 1/2 acre of passive recreation area.
(f) 
Swimming pool: one space per 100 square feet of pool area; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(g) 
Other indoor recreational uses and stadiums: one space per four patrons based upon the maximum capacity of the facility; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(6) 
Business establishments: except as otherwise set forth below, four spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
(a) 
Animal hospitals: three patron parking spaces per veterinarian; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(b) 
Drive-through: on-site queuing for three waiting vehicles for each drive-through lane which has been approved as a special use.
(c) 
Funeral homes: one space per two patron seats based upon maximum facility capacity; plus one space per employee; plus one space per vehicle owned by the establishment; plus on-site queuing for a minimum of eight vehicles.
(d) 
Restaurant, full-service: one space per three seats of total seating capacity; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(e) 
Restaurant, fast-food: one space per three seats of total seating capacity; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees; plus on-site queuing for a minimum of three vehicles waiting at a drive-through which has been approved as a special use.
(f) 
Taverns, night clubs, and lounges: one space per two seats of total seating capacity; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(g) 
Vehicular repair and maintenance shops: three spaces per service bay; plus one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees.
(h) 
Outside nursery: four spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area; plus one space per 4,000 square feet of outside display area.
(i) 
Self-serve car wash: 1 1/2 spaces per wash stall and four reservoir parking spaces per wash stall.
(j) 
Automatic car wash: two spaces for the number of vehicles that can be in the wash stall at any given time; plus one space for each employee; plus 10 reservoir spaces per wash stall, but not less than a total of 15 reservoir spaces and if the car wash operation offers hand drying of vehicles, not less than 10 reservoir parking spaces for drying.
(7) 
Offices.
(a) 
Government, professional, and business offices: four spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
(b) 
Health clinics/offices: six spaces per 1,000 square feet of floor area.
(8) 
Industrial and related uses.
(a) 
Light industry: one space per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
(b) 
Self-service storage facility: one space per 10 storage cubicles; and one space per 20 storage cubicles if vehicular access to the storage cubicles is permitted.
(c) 
Warehouse: one space per employee for the work shift with the largest number of employees; plus one space per 5,000 square feet of gross floor area.
(d) 
Wholesale business: four spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
(9) 
Other uses. Parking spaces for uses not listed shall be provided in accordance with recommendations as determined by the Zoning Officer.
A. 
General requirements.
(1) 
Location. All required loading berths shall be located on the same zoning lot as the use served. All motor vehicle loading berths which abut a residence district or an intervening alley separating a residential district from a business or industrial district shall be completely screened therefrom by building walls or by a solid fence, wall or door, or densely planted mature shrubbery, or any combination thereof, not less than eight feet in height. No permitted or required loading berth, measured from the closest point of such berth, shall be located within 30 feet of the nearest point of intersection of any two streets. No loading berth shall be located in a required yard.
(2) 
Size. Unless otherwise specified, a required off-street loading berth shall be at least 12 feet in width by at least 30 feet in length (or the length of the longest delivery vehicle used in connection with such use, whichever is greater), exclusive of aisle and maneuvering space, and shall have a vertical clearance of at least 15 feet.
(3) 
Access. Each required off-street loading berth shall be designed with appropriate means of vehicular access to a street or alley in a manner which will least interfere with traffic movement. No loading berth shall be located so as to require vehicles to use an intersection with a public street access to the berth other than via a forward movement of such vehicle.
(4) 
Surfacing. All open off-street loading berths shall be surfaced with a dustless all-weather material capable of bearing a live load of 200 pounds per square foot.
(5) 
Repair and service. No motor vehicle repair work or service of any kind shall be permitted in conjunction with loading facilities, except emergency repair service necessary to start vehicles.
(6) 
Utilization. Space allocated to an off-street loading use shall not, while so allocated, be used to satisfy the space requirements for any off-street parking facilities or portions thereof.
(7) 
Central loading. Central loading facilities may be substituted for loading berths on the individual zoning lots, provided the following conditions are fulfilled:
(a) 
Each zoning lot served shall have direct access to the central loading area without crossing streets or alleys at-grade.
(b) 
Total off-street loading berths provided shall meet the minimum requirements herein specified, based on the sum of the several types of uses served. The area of types of uses may be totaled before computing the number of loading berths.
(c) 
No zoning lot served shall be more than 300 feet removed from the central loading area.
(d) 
The tunnel or ramp connecting the central loading area with the zoning lot served shall be not less than seven feet in width and have a clearance of not less than seven feet in height.
(8) 
Minimum facilities. Uses for which off-street loading facilities are required herein, but which are located in buildings of less floor area than the minimum prescribed for such required facilities, shall be provided with adequate receiving facilities, accessible by motor vehicle off any adjacent alley, service drive, or open space on the same zoning lot.
B. 
Specific requirements. For the uses herein listed and other similar uses, loading berths shall be provided as follows:
(1) 
Required loading berths by use.
(a) 
For the uses listed hereunder, one loading berth shall be provided for buildings containing 10,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet of gross floor area, plus one additional loading berth for each additional 100,000 square feet of gross floor area or fraction thereof.
[1] 
Banks and other financial institutions;
[2] 
Business and other professional offices;
[3] 
Convention and exhibition halls;
[4] 
Health and medical institutions;
[5] 
Hotels and motels containing retail shops, business or professional offices, convention or exhibition halls or auditoriums;
[6] 
Indoor recreation and entertainment facilities;
[7] 
Public and administration buildings;
[8] 
Theaters (indoors); or
[9] 
Funeral homes.
(b) 
For the uses listed hereunder, one loading berth shall be provided for buildings containing 100,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet of gross floor area, plus one additional loading berth for each additional 200,000 square feet of gross floor area or fraction thereof.
[1] 
Auditoriums.
[2] 
Charitable institutions.
[3] 
Clubs and lodges.
[4] 
Hotels and motels containing no retail shops, business or professional offices, convention or exhibition halls or auditoriums.
[5] 
Meeting halls.
[6] 
Multiple-family dwellings with more than four dwelling units per building.
[7] 
Religious institutions.
[8] 
Schools and educational facilities.
(c) 
For the uses listed hereunder, one loading berth shall be provided for buildings containing 5,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet of gross floor area. For buildings containing 40,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet of gross floor area, two loading berths shall be provided plus one additional loading berth for each additional 100,000 square feet of gross floor area or fraction thereof.
[1] 
Cartage, express and motor freight facilities.
[2] 
Cleaning, repairing, servicing and testing establishments.
[3] 
Light industry.
[4] 
Laundries and dry-cleaning facilities.
[5] 
Mail-order houses.
[6] 
Printing and publishing.
[7] 
Research facilities.
[8] 
Warehousing, storage and wholesale establishments.
(d) 
For all other uses, including but not limited to those listed hereunder, loading berths shall be provided in accordance with the following schedule:
Schedule of Loading Berths
Floor Area
(square feet)
Minimum Number
5,000 to 20,000
1
20,000 to 60,000
2
60,000 to 100,000
3
For each additional 100,000 square feet of floor area or fraction thereof
1 additional
[1] 
Convenience stores;
[2] 
Furniture and appliance stores;
[3] 
Grocery stores;
[4] 
Retail stores and wholesale uses;
[5] 
Restaurants and other establishments handling the sale or consumption of food or beverage on the premises; or
[6] 
Any other uses not described herein.
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to allow adjustments to the minimum number of parking spaces required to avoid construction of unnecessary and excessive off-street parking facilities. Reducing the requirements for off-street parking facilities is intended to provide for more cost-efficient site development, to minimize impervious surface, to minimize stormwater runoff, to avoid construction of unnecessarily large stormwater management facilities, and to provide more landscape areas and open space on business and industrial sites. To achieve these purposes, the Village Board, upon recommendation of the Zoning Officer, may reduce the minimum number of required off-street parking spaces in specific cases.
B. 
Adjustments. In all nonresidential districts, the minimum number of required parking spaces may be adjusted by the Village Board on a case-by-case basis. The petitioner for such an adjustment shall show that adequate parking will be provided for customers, clients, visitors, and employees. The following provisions and factors shall be used as a basis to adjust parking requirements:
(1) 
Evidence that actual parking demands will be less than ordinance requirements. The petitioner shall submit written documentation and data to the Zoning Officer that the operation will require less parking than this chapter requires.
(2) 
Availability of joint, shared or off-site parking. The petitioner shall submit written documentation to the Zoning Officer that joint, shared or off-site parking spaces are available to satisfy the parking demand.
(a) 
Agreements shall be provided which demonstrate evidence that either parking lots are large enough to accommodate multiple users (joint parking) or that parking spaces will be shared at specific times of the day (shared parking, where one activity uses the spaces during daytime hours and another activity uses the spaces during evening hours.)
(b) 
Off-site parking lots may account for not more than 50% of the required parking and shall be located not more than 300 feet from the principal use that it is intended to serve.
(c) 
When a reduction of parking spaces attributable to shared parking or off-site parking is requested, the petitioner shall submit written verification that such parking is available and shall include copies of any contracts, joint lease agreements, purchase agreements, and other such documentation to show that shared parking can be accomplished. Off-site shared parking spaces shall be clearly posted for the joint use of employees, and/or tenants, or customers of each respective use sharing those spaces.
(3) 
Banked parking spaces. As a condition of a reduction in parking requirements, the Village Board may require banked parking spaces. In such cases, the site plan for the business or industrial use shall provide sufficient open space on the subject site to accommodate the additional parking space otherwise required by this chapter. Such open space shall be in addition to required yards, setbacks, driveways, private streets, loading and service areas. Sufficient open space shall be provided which, if converted to parking spaces, would provide off-street parking to meet the full requirements of this chapter at the time of application.
C. 
Change in occupancy or use. When the use of a building, structure, or land is changed to another use or occupancy that requires more parking spaces than required for the use existing prior to such change, additional parking spaces shall be constructed for the new use or occupancy in the amount necessary to conform to this chapter.
D. 
Changes in intensity of use. When the intensity of use of a building, structure, or land is increased by an addition of employees, gross floor area, seating capacity, or other unit of measurement, additional parking spaces shall be constructed for the new use or occupant in the amount necessary to conform to this chapter.
E. 
Compliance with other standards. Parking spaces and locations shall satisfy the applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Illinois Environmental Barriers Act (410 ILCS 25/1 et seq.), and the standards set forth in the Illinois Accessibility Code (71 Ill. Adm. Code 400).
A. 
Village-wide regulations. The regulations set forth herein shall apply in all zoning districts unless otherwise provided herein.
B. 
Rules of interpretation and signage definitions.
(1) 
Rules of interpretation. The signage regulations set forth in this section shall be interpreted in accordance with the following rules:
(a) 
The provisions of this section shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the effective use of signs within the Village.
(b) 
Where the requirements imposed by any provision of this section are either more restrictive or less restrictive than comparable requirements imposed by any other applicable statute, law, ordinance, regulation or rule, the provision that is the most restrictive or imposes the higher standard or requirement shall apply.
(c) 
Although the requirements of this section are written in very specific terms, reasonable flexibility is offered through the provisions allowing for appeals and variances as provided herein.
(d) 
This section is not intended to abrogate any easement, covenant or any other private agreement, provided that where the regulations of this section are more restrictive or impose a higher standard or requirement than created by such easement, covenant or other private agreement, the requirements of this section shall govern.
(e) 
Except as otherwise provided in Subsection G herein, no sign not lawfully established at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall become or be made lawful solely by reason of the adoption of this chapter; and to the extent that, in any manner that said sign is in conflict with the requirements of this chapter, said sign shall remain unlawful under the provisions of this chapter. Any sign or sign structure established prior to the effective date of this chapter which is rendered nonconforming by the provisions herein, and any sign or sign structure which, as a result of subsequent amendments hereto, shall be rendered nonconforming, shall be subject to the regulations of Subsection G of this section.
(f) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to consent to or permit the erection of a sign without first obtaining an appropriate permit from the Village.
(g) 
All measured distances and values shall be rounded to the nearest whole integer.
(h) 
All distances, unless otherwise stated, shall be measured horizontally.
(i) 
A "V-shaped" sign with an interior angle of less than 30° shall be considered a back-to-back sign.
(2) 
Definitions. The following words and terms shall have the meaning set forth herein for purposes of interpreting the signage regulations:
ADVERTISING SIGN
Any advertising device, billboard, poster, notice or display which directs attention to an object, product, place, activity, person, institution, organization or business that is not located on the property where the sign is located, but not including a temporary sign or a sign advertising the activity being conducted upon the property upon which it is located.
ARCADE SIGN
A wall or projecting sign attached to the roof or wall of an arcade and totally within the outside limits of the structural surfaces which are delineating the arcade.
AREA OF SIGN
The entire geometric area within a single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of the actual surface of a single-faced sign. It does not include any structural element outside the limits of such sign and not forming an integral part of the sign face.
BUILDING FRONTAGE
The linear length of the outside building wall facing the public right-of-way or, in the case of a multitenant building, the linear length of the outside building wall of the individual tenant unit facing the parking area which serves as the primary access for the multitenant building or multistory building. On corner lots, only the building front facing the street or roadway that has the higher traffic designation shall be utilized in the determination of building front.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
BUILDING SIGN
Any sign affixed to a building that directs attention to a business or profession conducted, or to a commodity, service or entertainment sold, offered, or manufactured, upon the premises where such sign is located or to which it is affixed.
BUILDING WALL
The wall area in one plane or elevation of a building.
BUSINESS SIGN
Any sign which directs attention to a business or profession conducted, or to a commodity, service, or entertainment sold or offered, upon the premises where such sign is located.
BOX SIGN
A cabinet-type sign with a lexan or plastic panel insert. This type of sign can be internally illuminated.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
CANOPY SIGN
A sign which forms part of a canopy or marquee and does not extend horizontally beyond the limits of such canopy or marquee.
CHANGEABLE COPY SIGN
A sign on which message copy can be changed through the use of attachable letters and numerals that are changed manually.
CHANNEL LETTER SIGN
A wall sign made of self-contained letters that are affixed to the face of a building that does not project above the top of the parapet wall, does not project above any portion of the roof line, does not project beyond the side wall of the building and which does not project above or below a marquee.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
COPY AREA
The area in square feet of the smallest geometric figure which can be described so as to enclose the actual copy of a sign. For an internally illuminated sign, the entire illuminated face is considered copy area. The copy area of a projecting sign or freestanding ground-mounted sign is calculated on one face of the sign only.
DIMENSIONAL SURFACE SIGN
It may consist of three-dimensional letter forms applied to or raised from a separate, flat background. The message may be in relief, or depressed by means of carving, etching, routing, and positive or negative cutout. The graphic design of the sign face shall ensure that each letter shall receive a structural outline element that causes a visual break with each letter, numeral, character or logo bordering to either side. A dimensional surface sign is not a box sign.
[Added 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 14-035]
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign designed and erected solely for the purpose of traffic or pedestrian direction and placed on the property where the public is directed, provided such sign shall contain no advertising copy.
DIRECTORY SIGN
A sign listing the names and location of various businesses or activities conducted within a building or group of buildings on the premises where such sign is attached.
FACE OF SIGN
The entire area of a sign where copy could be placed.
FLASHING SIGN
Any directly or indirectly illuminated sign which exhibits changing natural or artificial light or color effects by any means whatsoever. Time-and-temperature signs shall not be considered flashing signs.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign which is ground-mounted or supported by one or more columns, uprights, or braces in or upon the ground and which columns, uprights or braces are less than 90% of the full width of the sign, not attached to or forming part of a building.
GRADE
The elevation or level of the street closest to the sign to which reference is made, measured at the street's center line. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the sign is located not less than 75 feet from the right-of-way, "grade" shall mean the average ground elevation of the lot on which the sign is located.
HEIGHT OF SIGN
The vertical distance measured from the average grade at the foot of the sign to the highest point on the sign.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
A sign that is illuminated either by means of exposed tubing or lamps on its surface or by means of illumination transmitted through the sign faces.
LEGAL NONCONFORMING SIGN (GRANDFATHERED SIGN)
Any sign which was lawfully erected and maintained prior to such time as it came within the purview of this chapter, and any amendments thereto, and which fails to conform to all the applicable regulations and restrictions of this chapter.
MESSAGE CENTER SIGN
A changeable information display that is electrically activated, such as with light bulbs, video display, or mechanical flip discs, to convey information through changing letters, numbers, figures or similar depictions, provided such information or display shall not change more frequently than once every 60 seconds. Time-and-temperature signs shall not be considered message center signs. Athletic scoreboards on public property shall not be considered message center signs.
[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 07-038]
MONUMENT SIGN
A freestanding sign where the support base of the sign is a minimum of 80% of the width of the sign face as determined by the Village.
MULTITENANT BUILDING
A building that houses more than one tenant.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
NAMEPLATE
A single-faced sign which does not exceed two square feet in size and is mounted to the principal building or mailbox. A nameplate mounted on the principal building may be illuminated in accordance with the performance standards.
OFF-STREET PARKING
A public or private parking area designed in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
PORTABLE BUSINESS SIGN
A business sign not permanently attached to the ground, building, or any other structure, but not including exempt and temporary signs.
PORTABLE SIGN
A sign not permanently attached to the ground, building, or to any other structure, but not including exempt or temporary signs.
PROJECTING SIGN
Any sign other than a wall sign which is attached to, and projects not more than 18 inches from, the face of the wall of the building to which it is affixed. The area of a projecting sign is calculated on all sign faces. No guylines, braces or secondary supports shall be used. Any angle iron or main support shall be enclosed in a wood, plastic or metal form, such that the angle iron or main support for the sign is not visible.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
A strip of land on which infrastructure such as roads, railroads or power lines is built. The right-of-way is owned by a public jurisdiction.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
PUBLIC SERVICE SIGN
A sign posted on public or quasi-public property, the function of which is to promote items of general interest to the community.
PRIVATELY OWNED CIRCULATION ROAD
A privately owned road which functions mainly as a collector and distributor of customer traffic.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SIGN
A permanently ground-mounted identification sign constructed at the principal entrance(s) of a residential development.
SIGN
A name, identification, description, display or illustration which is affixed to or painted or represented directly or indirectly upon a building, pole or other surface or piece of land, including pennants, which directs attention to an object, product, place, activity, person, institution, organization or business; provided, however, "sign" shall not include any display of official court or public office notices or any other notices required by statute or Village ordinance, nor shall it include a flag, emblem or insignia of a nation, political unit, school or religious group. "Sign" shall not include a sign located completely within an enclosed building unless the content is readily visible from a street or other public place.
SIGN STRUCTURE
A structure that supports, has supported, or is capable of supporting a sign, including decorative cover. No guy wire, braces, or secondary supports are to be used. Any angle iron or main support is to be enclosed in a wood, plastic, or metal form, such that the angle iron or main support is not visible.
TEMPORARY BUSINESS IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A business sign that is used for:
[Amended 8-27-2013 by Ord. No. 13-048]
(a) 
A newly opened or relocated business prior to the arrival of its permanent signage; or
(b) 
A temporary business that is housed in a brick-and-mortar building.
TEMPORARY EVENT SIGN
A sign advertising the existence of an event of a temporary nature for a limited period of time.
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign, banner, pennant, valance, inflatable device, or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, fabric, cardboard, wallboard, or other light materials, with or without frames, which is not permanently installed or affixed to any sign structure.
TRAVELING MESSAGE SIGN
A changeable information display that is electrically activated, such as with light bulbs or mechanical flip discs, to convey information through changing letters, numbers, figures or similar depictions and such information or display changes more frequently than once every 60 seconds or involves continuous movement. Time-and-temperature signs shall not be considered traveling message signs.
UNLAWFUL SIGN
A sign which contravenes this chapter or which the Village may declare as unlawful if it becomes dangerous to public safety by reason of dilapidation or disrepair or a nonconforming sign for which a permit required under this chapter has not been obtained.
VEHICLE SIGN
Any sign painted on, attached to, or mounted upon any operable motor vehicle. A vehicle sign does not include signs painted on, attached to, or mounted upon inoperable vehicles or upon trailers, or operable vehicles which are not moved for a period of more than five days.
WALL SIGN
A flat sign which does not project more than 18 inches from the face of the wall of the building to which it is affixed or attached, running parallel for its entire length to the face or wall of the building, and which does not extend beyond the horizontal width or vertical height of such building. A wall sign shall only be a building sign or a business sign as designated herein.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
WINDOW SIGN
A sign installed inside a window for purposes of viewing from outside the premises. This term does not include merchandise located in a window.
C. 
General provisions. The following provisions shall apply in all zoning districts unless otherwise set forth herein:
(1) 
The requirements of this section shall govern and control the erection, enlargement, expansion, alteration, operation, maintenance, removal and relocation of all signs within all zoning districts. The requirements of this section shall be in addition to provisions of the Village's building codes.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 75, Buildings.
(2) 
All signs permitted under the Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971 (225 ILCS 440/1 et seq.), as amended, shall be permitted therein, provided such signs conform to the provisions of this section.
(3) 
No sign or sign structure, unless exempted, shall be attached to a tree, telephone pole or other utility pole or structure.
(4) 
No sign shall be erected or located in a public right-of-way except as established and authorized by the public entity having jurisdiction over the right-of-way.
(5) 
No sign, or portion thereof, shall rotate, flash, flutter, or appear to move except as otherwise specifically permitted herein. Traveling message signs are prohibited.
(6) 
No sign shall be constructed or maintained on any portion of the roof of a building, nor shall such sign project above any portion of the roof or parapet wall, whichever is higher.
(7) 
Message center signs, as defined herein, shall be prohibited in all zoning districts.
[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 07-038]
(8) 
Permanent window signs shall conform to the requirements for and shall be deemed wall signs under the provisions of the zoning district in which they are located. Signs mounted on awnings, canopies, marquees or similar structures shall also be deemed to be wall signs.
(9) 
In all zoning districts, the property owner shall be permitted to construct and maintain not more than three flagpoles, which shall be within the buildable area of the required front yard. In all cases, flagpoles shall be located not less than 10 feet from any property line, shall be no taller than 30 feet and shall be utilized to display the American Flag, state and county flags or other corporate, national or organizational flags. Such flagpoles shall be used exclusively as flagpoles and shall not also serve as light poles. Each flagpole may have a light fixture so that the flag may be illuminated during nighttime hours. Except with respect to flagpoles displaying the American Flag, state, county or municipal flags, all such light fixtures shall be shielded and directed downward.
(10) 
The illumination of signs shall be diffused or indirect and shall be so treated that no direct rays shall be directed or reflected outside the boundary of the zoning lot on which the sign is located or more than 10 feet above grade. No sign shall use illumination from neon tubing that is not covered by an intervening surface.
(11) 
All ground-mounted signs shall have landscaping at their base equivalent in area to the area of the sign.
(12) 
All wall signs shall consist of channel letters, with the exception that one element of the sign may consist of a simple geometric figure not to exceed 20% of the total sign area. Dimensional surface signs are also permitted wall signs. Box signs are not permitted.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036; 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 14-035]
(13) 
On corner lots, no signs shall be constructed so as to block or otherwise prevent visibility around the corner.
(14) 
Except as otherwise specifically permitted herein, signs advertising an activity, service or business that does not take place on the premises where the sign is erected are prohibited.
(15) 
Except as hereinafter provided, all signs shall require sign permits, which shall be issued by the Village.
(16) 
Except as hereinafter provided, when a sign is not specifically listed as permitted in a zoning district, such sign shall be expressly prohibited.
D. 
Exempt signs. The following exempt signs are permitted in all districts, subject to the requirements hereinafter specified, and no sign permit is required. Signs exceeding the requirements of this section shall be required to have permits and shall conform to the requirements for permanent signs in the districts where they are located.
(1) 
"For sale" or "for rent" signs for residential lots. One sign, containing not more than eight square feet of total copy area for a single-faced sign, shall be permitted. No sign shall exceed five feet in height above grade. All such signs shall be temporary, shall be located on the property sought to be sold or leased, and shall be permitted for a period of time not to exceed the sale or lease of the subject property. No such sign shall be located in the public right-of-way or closer than 20 feet to any side yard lot line.
(2) 
"For sale," "for rent" and "construction" signs for nonresidential lots. For properties less than five acres in size, one sign containing not more than 32 square feet of total copy area shall be permitted. For properties five acres in size or greater, one sign containing not more than 64 square feet of total copy area shall be permitted. No sign shall exceed eight feet in height above grade. All such signs shall be temporary, shall be located on the property sought to be sold or leased, and shall be permitted for a period of time not to exceed the sale or lease of the subject property. No such signs shall be located in the public right-of-way or closer than 20 feet to any side yard lot line on any lot containing only one permitted use. In the event multiple units are located on any lot, such signage shall be located within the area of the unit's frontage.
(3) 
Nameplate. One nameplate shall be permitted for each use. The maximum area of such nameplate shall be two square feet, and such nameplate shall be affixed flat against a wall or door or may extend up to 18 inches from a wall, provided safe access is available for pedestrians.
(4) 
Accessory signs.
(a) 
Entry/Exit signs. Not more than one entry/exit sign shall be permitted for each entrance/exit to a multiple-family development or a nonresidential use. Except as otherwise required by law, such entry/exit sign shall contain not more than two square feet of total copy area; may be illuminated; shall be constructed not more than three feet in height above grade; shall be located not less than six feet from any property line; and shall contain no commercial advertisements.
(b) 
Parking area signs. One parking area sign may be erected for each separate parking area, indicating only the terms under which the parking area may be utilized. Such parking area sign may be double-faced and shall contain not more than six square feet of total copy area per face. The sign may be illuminated. The sign shall be constructed not more than five feet in height above grade, and shall be located not less than six feet from any property line.
(5) 
Vehicle signs.
E. 
Temporary signs. The following temporary signs are permitted in all districts, subject to requirements hereinafter specified. Signs exceeding the requirements of this section shall be required to have permits and shall conform to the requirements for permanent signs in the zoning district where they are located.
[Amended 9-11-2012 by Ord. No. 12-047]
(1) 
Temporary political signs.
(a) 
Temporary political signs may be located in any zoning district, provided that they are erected not more than 30 days before an upcoming election and must be removed within five days following an election.
(b) 
The total copy area for all political signs on a zoning lot shall not exceed 16 square feet of total copy area per zoning lot. No such sign shall exceed four feet in height above grade.
(c) 
No sign permit is required.
(2) 
Temporary signs.
(a) 
Two temporary signs are permitted per business. One of these signs is permitted to be a ground-mounted sign. Each zoning lot is permitted one ground-mounted banner sign per 50 linear feet of building frontage along the public street. Such temporary sign may be illuminated per the requirements of Chapter 75, Article II, Part 20, Outdoor Lighting, may be double-faced, and the total gross surface area of the sign face shall not exceed 25 square feet.
(b) 
One sign permit shall be obtained for all temporary signs per calendar year. Permits for temporary signs shall be valid for a period of 91 days.[2] This time period can be used in one continual time period or can be split into 13 separate seven-day periods throughout the year. All such signs shall be removed from the premises within 24 hours after expiration of the permit.
[2]
Editor's Note: Section 2 of Res. No. 16-010, adopted 11-22-2016, states that Village staff shall not enforce the ninety-one-day display time limit for temporary signs for 159th Street corridor businesses located within the IDOT 159th Street Road Improvement Project limits through 12-31-2017, with further deadline extension beyond 12-31-2017 subject to Village Board approval. All other temporary sign regulations remain in effect, and temporary sign permits may be revoked and signs removed or replaced if other applicable regulations are not followed or if the temporary sign becomes unsightly. Refer to Res. No. 16-010 for a description of the IDOT 159th Street Road Improvement Project limits.
(c) 
The permit holder shall notify the Village of the dates that the temporary sign shall be displayed. This can be provided to the Village either once, at the start of the calendar year, or can be provided to the Village at various times during the calendar year.
(3) 
Temporary business identification signs.
[Amended 8-27-2013 by Ord. No. 13-048]
(a) 
A temporary business identification sign must be a weatherproof banner affixed to the facade of the building and cannot be ground-mounted.
(b) 
A temporary business identification sign must adhere to the standards for placement and size for a wall sign in the subject zoning district.
(c) 
A temporary business identification sign permit is valid for 91 days. All such signs shall be removed from the premises within 24 hours after expiration of the permit.
(4) 
New construction signs. For a development presently under construction, no more than two signs identifying the individuals or firms involved in the development may be erected. The total sign area shall not be more than 32 square feet. In any development in a residential zoning district in which fewer than three lots are under or will be under construction at any given time, the sign area permitted shall not be more than 16 square feet per sign.
(5) 
Location. In addition to all other requirements elsewhere in this chapter, all temporary signs of any type shall be a minimum of five feet from the nearest property line and shall not be located in the public right-of-way.
(6) 
Temporary window signs. In all nonresidential districts, temporary window signs located inside of windows shall occupy not more than 30% of the surface area of such windows.
F. 
Zoning district regulations. The following sign requirements shall apply within the following zoning districts of this chapter:
[Amended 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 11-029; 9-11-2012 by Ord. No. 12-047]
(1) 
Agriculture and residential districts. The following signs are allowed in all agriculture and residence districts, subject to the requirements hereinafter specified:
(a) 
Exempt and temporary signs.
(b) 
Farm produce signs. A roadside stand for the sale of produce grown on or in the immediate adjacent area of the premises shall be permitted one sign per stand that shall not exceed 18 square feet of total copy area and shall be constructed not more than six feet in height above grade.
(c) 
School signs. A school, as defined by this chapter, shall be permitted one sign per school that shall not exceed 24 square feet of total copy area and shall be constructed not more than six feet in height above grade.
(d) 
Multiple-family and planned development identification signs. Identification signs shall be permitted, containing only the name of the development and the name, address and telephone number of the management, leasing and sales company, including directional arrows. Such signs may be illuminated; shall contain not more than 24 square feet of total copy area and shall be constructed not more than six feet in height above grade. On corner lots, one additional sign of the same size shall be permitted for the second street, provided that the signs are a minimum of 200 feet apart.
(e) 
Multiple-family accessory signs.
[1] 
Directional signs. The Village Board may permit additional signs after review and approval. Such additional signs shall contain not more than five square feet of total copy area in total; may be illuminated; shall be constructed not more than four feet in height above grade; shall provide directions to the development project office only; and shall be located not less than six feet from any property line.
[2] 
Office signs. Not more than one office sign shall be permitted. Such sign shall contain not more than four square feet of total copy area; may be illuminated; may be a wall or ground-mounted sign; and, when ground-mounted, shall be constructed not more than five feet in height above grade; and shall be located not less than six feet from any property line.
(f) 
Residential development sign.
[1] 
Location. Residential development signs may be located on a lot or in the road right-of-way if approved by the Village and the appropriate governmental authority having jurisdiction over the right-of-way.
[2] 
Height. At no time may a residential development sign exceed six feet in height.
[3] 
Size. In those locations not within a road right-of-way, a residential development sign may be illuminated and may be double-faced; the gross surface area of the largest sign face shall not exceed 32 square feet; and the sign shall not be taller than five feet. For those signs located in a road right-of-way, the appropriate governmental authority having jurisdiction over the right-of-way shall control the size of the sign, but in no case shall the size exceed what would be permitted if the sign were not located within the right-of-way.
[4] 
Construction material. The predominate construction material of all residential development signs shall be either masonry or stone.
[5] 
Permits. All residential development signs shall require a sign permit from the Village. For those signs located in a road right-of-way, proof of permission concerning the location and size of the proposed sign from the appropriate governmental authority must be presented to the Village prior to the issuance of sign permits. Prior to the issuance of a permit, the applicant shall file with the Village a copy of the development's covenants which establish obligations upon the lot owners or a homeowners' association to maintain and repair said signage or such other documentation as the Village determines acceptable to ensure that adequate provision has been made for such maintenance and repair.
(g) 
Location on property. Except as otherwise provided herein, no signs in the agriculture and residential districts shall exceed six feet in height, and all signs shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from all property lines.
(2) 
Public districts. The following signs are allowed in the public district, subject to the requirements hereinafter specified:
(a) 
Exempt and temporary signs.
(b) 
School signs. A school, as defined by this chapter, shall be permitted one sign per school that shall not exceed 24 square feet of total copy area and shall be constructed not more than six feet in height above grade.
(c) 
Ground-mounted signs.
[1] 
One sign shall be permitted for each zoning lot. Such sign shall be limited to only one of the following:
[a] 
An individual business sign.
[b] 
An integrated shopping center sign or tenant directory.
[c] 
A planned development sign and/or tenant directory.
[d] 
A multiple-use facility sign.
[2] 
Such sign shall be ground-mounted, may be illuminated, may be double-faced, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every three lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 65 square feet for any single face. Where a zoning lot contains 600 or more feet of street frontage along any one street, one additional sign complying with the above sign specifications shall be permitted, provided such signs are located not less than 300 feet apart, and each sign face does not exceed 65 square feet for any single sign face. On corner lots, one additional sign may be constructed on the second street, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face along the second street frontage shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every four lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 50 square feet for any single sign face, provided that such sign is located not less than 200 feet from any other pole or ground-mounted sign on the same zoning lot. The predominate construction material of all ground-mounted commercial signs shall be masonry or stone.
(d) 
Tenant names. Any freestanding sign may have up to four tenant names of businesses. The area of tenant names shall be included in the maximum permitted size of the sign.
(e) 
Wall signs.
[Amended 5-22-2012 by Ord. No. 12-026; 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
[1] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation business. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[2] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 75% of the permitted size of the first wall sign. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[3] 
Corner units and lots.
[a] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[b] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of lineal feet of building frontage. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation per business. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[4] 
Type. Only channel letter signs and dimensional surface signs are permitted. Box signs are not permitted.
[Amended 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 14-035]
(f) 
Height. Except as otherwise provided herein, no ground-mounted sign in the public district shall exceed 10 feet in height.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
(g) 
Location. All ground-mounted signs shall be located a minimum of 15 feet from all property lines.
(3) 
Business/Commercial districts. The following signs are permitted in all business/commercial districts, subject to the requirements hereinafter specified:
(a) 
Exempt and temporary signs.
(b) 
Ground-mounted signs.
[1] 
One sign shall be permitted for each zoning lot. Such sign shall be limited to only one of the following:
[a] 
An individual business sign.
[b] 
An integrated shopping center sign or tenant directory.
[c] 
A planned development sign and/or tenant directory.
[d] 
A multiple-use facility sign.
[2] 
Such sign shall be ground-mounted, may be illuminated, may be double-faced, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every three lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 65 square feet for any single face. Where a zoning lot contains 600 or more feet of street frontage along any one street, one additional sign complying with the above sign specifications shall be permitted, provided such signs are located not less than 300 feet apart, and each sign face does not exceed 65 square feet for any single sign face. On corner lots, one additional sign may be constructed on the second street, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face along the second street frontage shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every four lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 50 square feet for any single sign face, provided that such sign is located not less than 200 feet from any other pole or ground-mounted sign on the same zoning lot. The predominate construction material of all ground-mounted commercial signs shall be masonry or stone.
(c) 
Wall signs.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
[1] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation business. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[2] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 75% of the permitted size of the first wall sign. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[3] 
Corner units and lots.
[a] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[b] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of lineal feet of building frontage. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation per business. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[4] 
Type. Only channel letter signs and dimensional surface signs are permitted. Box signs are not permitted.
[Amended 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 14-035]
(d) 
Height. Except as otherwise provided herein, no ground-mounted sign in the commercial districts shall exceed 10 feet in height, and all signs shall be located a minimum of 15 feet from all property lines.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
(e) 
Traveling message signs. Traveling message boards or signs of any type shall not be permitted.
(f) 
Menu boards. The total square footage of all menu boards for any establishment with a drive-through service window shall not exceed 75 square feet; provided, however, that no individual board shall exceed 25 square feet.
(g) 
Tenant names. Any freestanding sign may have up to four tenant names of businesses. The area of tenant names shall be included in the maximum permitted size of the sign.
(4) 
Industrial district. The following signs are permitted in the industrial district, subject to the requirements hereinafter specified:
(a) 
Exempt and temporary signs.
(b) 
Ground-mounted signs.
[1] 
One sign shall be permitted for each zoning lot. Such sign shall be limited to only one of the following:
[a] 
An individual business sign.
[b] 
An integrated shopping center sign or tenant directory.
[c] 
A planned development sign and/or tenant directory.
[d] 
A multiple-use facility sign.
[2] 
Such sign shall be ground-mounted, may be illuminated, may be double-faced, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every two lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 65 square feet for any single sign face. Where a zoning lot contains 800 or more feet of street frontage along any one street, one additional sign complying with the above sign specifications shall be permitted, provided such signs are located not less than 400 feet apart and each sign face does not exceed 65 square feet for any single sign face. All signs shall not exceed 10 feet in height. On corner lots, one additional sign may be constructed on the second street, and the total gross surface area of the largest sign face along such street frontage shall not exceed one square foot of signage for every three lineal feet of street frontage, to a maximum of 65 square feet for any single sign face, provided that such sign is located not less than 300 feet from any other pole or ground-mounted sign on the same zoning lot. The predominate construction material of all ground-mounted industrial signs shall be masonry or stone.
(c) 
Wall signs.
[Amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 13-036]
[1] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation business. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[2] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 75% of the permitted size of the first wall sign. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[3] 
Corner units and lots.
[a] 
Number and location. Wall signage shall be permitted on building elevations immediately adjacent to or on a public right-of-way or major privately owned circulation road. Wall signs are not permitted to be located on a building elevation which is immediately adjacent to residentially zoned property. On a multitenant building, the center line of the wall sign must be placed so it shares a common horizontal center line along the building facade.
[b] 
Size. The total gross square footage of one wall sign shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of the lineal feet of building frontage as defined herein. The square footage of the total remaining wall signage shall not exceed 1.25 times the number of lineal feet of building frontage. There is not to exceed more than one wall sign per building elevation per business. No more than 30% of any window may be covered by a wall sign.
[4] 
Type. Only channel letter signs and dimensional surface signs are permitted. Box signs are not permitted.
[Amended 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 14-035]
(d) 
Message signs. Traveling message boards or signs of any type shall not be permitted.
G. 
Nonconforming signs (grandfathered signs).
(1) 
Status. Any nonconforming sign or sign structure existing lawfully at the time of the adoption of this chapter and which remains nonconforming, and any sign or sign structure rendered nonconforming by the adoption of this chapter, or by any subsequent amendments thereto, shall be deemed to be legally nonconforming and may be continued, subject to the regulations of this Subsection G. The burden of establishing that any nonconformity is legally nonconforming shall, in all cases, be on the owner or user of the nonconforming sign.
(2) 
Repairs and alterations.
(a) 
A nonconforming sign or sign structure shall not be enlarged upon, expanded or extended in any manner unless the alteration conforms to the regulations of this chapter.
(b) 
Repairs and alterations may be made to return a nonconforming sign or sign structure to a safe condition in accordance with an order by a public official who is charged with protecting the public safety and who declares such sign or structure to be unsafe and orders its restoration to a safe condition, provided that such restoration does not otherwise violate the provisions of this section.
(c) 
No nonconforming sign or sign structure shall be moved in whole or in part to any other location on the same or any other zoning lot unless every portion of such sign or structure, and the use thereof, conforms to all the regulations of the district where it is to be located.
(d) 
A nonconforming sign or sign structure which is destroyed or damaged by fire or other casualty or act of God to the extent that the cost of restoration for the aboveground portion of the sign or structure to the condition it was in before the occurrence exceeds 50% or more of its replacement value at that time shall not be restored unless said sign and structure shall conform to all of the regulations of the district where it is located.
(e) 
In the event such damage or destruction is less than 50% of the replacement value at the time of replacement, repairs may be made to the sign and sign structure to return it to a safe condition as existed prior to such damage or destruction. No repairs or reconstruction shall be made unless such restoration is started within one year from the date of partial destruction and is completed within one year thereafter. If the restoration is not started within one year, the sign and structure shall be removed and the area cleared by the owner.
(f) 
If the nonconforming use of a sign or sign structure is discontinued for a continuous period of six months, such use shall not be renewed and such legally nonconforming sign shall be deemed terminated. Any subsequent use of the sign or structure shall conform to the use regulations of the zoning district where such sign or structure is located.
H. 
Issuance of sign permits. The Zoning Officer, and such designees as may be directed by the Village Board, shall enforce this section and in addition thereto shall perform the following duties:
(1) 
Issue all sign permits for permanent, temporary and portable signs.
(2) 
Conduct inspections of all signs to determine compliance with the terms of this chapter.
I. 
Appeals.
(1) 
Scope of appeals. An appeal may be taken to the Plan Commission by any person aggrieved, or by any office or department of the Village. Such an appeal shall be taken within 10 days after the action complained of, by filing with the Zoning Officer a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof. The Zoning Officer shall forthwith transmit to the Plan Commission all of the papers constituting a record upon which the action appealed from was taken.
(2) 
Findings on appeals. An appeal shall stay all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from unless the Zoning Officer certifies to the Plan Commission, after the notice of appeal has been filed, that by reason of facts stated in the certificate a stay would, in the Zoning Officer's opinion, cause imminent peril to life and property, in which case the proceedings shall not be stayed unless otherwise by a restraining order which may be granted by the Plan Commission or by a court of record on application, on notice of the Zoning Officer, and on due cause shown.
J. 
Variances.
(1) 
Procedure. Request for variance shall be filed as follows:
(a) 
Requests for variance may be initiated by a petition (application) that seeks to vary the provisions of this section.
(b) 
The following rules shall apply to the applicant:
[1] 
The petitioner shall be the fee owner, agent or attorney or other person having a proprietary interest in the property and/or any person having the right to represent the owner.
[2] 
In the case where the fee owner has entered into a contract for the sale of the property sought to be affected, the contract purchaser shall be a copetitioner to the petition or application or shall provide a letter of authorization to represent the fee owner.
(c) 
The Plan Commission, after a public hearing, may recommend that the regulations of this section be varied in harmony with their general purpose and intent, only in the specific instances hereinafter set forth, provided the Plan Commission shall make findings in accordance with the standards hereinafter prescribed, and further finds that there are practical difficulties or particular hardships in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the regulations of this section.
(2) 
Standards for variances. The Plan Commission shall not recommend variances to the regulations of this section unless it shall make findings based upon the evidence presented to it in each specific case demonstrating consideration with respect to the following:
(a) 
That the granting of any variance is in harmony with the general purpose and intent of this chapter, and will not be injurious to the neighborhood or detrimental to the public welfare; and
(b) 
That the granting of the variance will not:
[1] 
Impair an adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property;
[2] 
Increase the hazard from fire or other dangers to said property; and
[3] 
Diminish the value of land and buildings on neighboring properties.
(c) 
In addition to the above, the Plan Commission may recommend that conditions and additional restrictions be imposed upon the premises benefited by a variance as may be necessary to comply with the criteria established in this subsection to reduce or minimize the effect of such variance upon other property in the area, and to better carry out the general intent of this chapter.
(3) 
Village Board action. No variance shall be granted except by ordinance duly adopted by the Village Board after public hearing and written recommendation from the Plan Commission.
(a) 
The Village Board may grant, deny or amend the recommendation for variance. Every variance which is granted by ordinance of the Village Board shall be accompanied by findings and shall refer to any exhibits containing plans and specifications for the proposed variance, which shall remain a part of the permanent records of the Plan Commission.
(b) 
The Village Board may establish such conditions and restrictions upon the establishment, location, construction, maintenance and operation of variances as is deemed necessary for the protection of the public interest and to secure compliance with the standards and requirements specified in this chapter.
K. 
Fees. No sign permit shall be approved nor shall an appeal or request for variance be scheduled until such time as the appropriate fee as established by the Village Board has been paid in full.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 114, Fees, Art. II.