Village of Spring Lake, MI
Ottawa County
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A. 
Intent. This article is intended to regulate and limit the construction, erection, reconstruction, placement, size and height of signs. A sign shall not, by reason of its size, location, construction or manner of display, create a hazard, confuse or mislead traffic, or obstruct vision necessary for vehicular and pedestrian safety.
B. 
Signs not requiring a permit. The following signs are exempt from the permit requirements of this article:
(1) 
One sign per street address not exceeding two square feet in area and bearing only property numbers, post box numbers or names of occupants of residential premises and bearing no advertising message.
(2) 
Flags and insignia of the governments of the United States, the State of Michigan and the Village of Spring Lake, except when displayed in connection with commercial promotion.
(3) 
Signs, pennants and banners announcing civic occasions, festivals, celebrations, sports events or arts and humanities events, as authorized by the Village Council. Advertising symbols, logos or titles identifying contributors to such event or occasion shall be permitted, provided that such identification shall be limited to 15% of the area of the sign, pennant or banner.
(4) 
Legal notices and identification, informational or directional signs erected or required by governmental bodies.
(5) 
Integral decorative or architectural features of buildings, except letters, trademarks, moving parts or moving lights.
(6) 
Signs not exceeding two square feet in area per sign on the interior portions of any lot which direct and guide traffic and parking on private property, but bearing no advertising message.
(7) 
On-premises directional signs at driveways approved as part of a site plan review process not exceeding two signs per property and not exceeding four square feet in display area or four feet in height.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
(8) 
Real estate signs as regulated in § 390-169A.
(9) 
Political signs as regulated in § 390-169D.
(10) 
Construction signs as regulated in § 390-169E.
(11) 
Garage sale signs as regulated in § 390-169F.
[Added 12-2-2014 by Ord. No. 340]
C. 
Existing nonconforming sign. It is the intent of this section to permit the continuance of a lawful use of any nonconforming sign existing as of the effective date of adoption of this section, although such sign may not conform to the provisions of this article. It is the intent that nonconforming signs shall not be enlarged, expanded or extended. Further, it is the intent that nonconforming signs shall be gradually eliminated and terminated upon their natural deterioration or accidental destruction. The continuance of all nonconforming signs within the Village shall be subject to the following requirements:
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
(1) 
The burden of proving a sign is nonconforming shall rest with the person claiming nonconforming status for the sign.
(2) 
The frame faces, supports, or other parts of any nonconforming sign shall not be structurally changed, altered, substituted, or enlarged unless the resultant changed, altered, substituted, or enlarged sign becomes less nonconforming or conforms to the provision of this article. Any nonconforming sign may be diminished in size or dimension without jeopardizing its nonconforming status.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BANNER SIGN
A temporary sign constructed of cloth, fabric, plastic, or other durable, flexible material of professional quality, with or without a structural frame. The term "banner" does not include pennants.
CONSTRUCTION SIGN
A temporary sign erected on the premises on which construction is taking place, during the period of such construction, indicating the names of the architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors or similar artisans, and the owners, financial supporters, sponsors, and similar individuals or firms having a role or interest with respect to the structure or project.
DEVELOPMENT SIGN
A temporary sign advertising the construction or development of a recorded residential subdivision, site condominium project, apartment complex, manufactured housing community, business or industrial park, or other similar project which is in the process of being developed. A development sign does not include a subdivision sign.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign bearing no written advertising, with the exception of corporate logos or names, which directs vehicles or pedestrians from a public or private right-of-way to private property for purposes of traffic circulation or safety.
ELECTRONIC MESSAGE BOARD
A sign on which copy changes automatically on a lampbank or through mechanical means, e.g., electrical or electronic time and temperature units.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
FLAG SIGN
A flag used to identify the name and/or logo of an on-site business or organization, or to signify immediate business activity at the property, such as "open," "sale," "antiques," "live music," etc. A flag sign does not include the flag of the United States of America, the State of Michigan Flag, and the Village of Spring Lake Flag.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign structurally separate from and not attached to any building, which is attached directly to the ground surface in a permanent manner, or supported by one or more uprights, poles or braces attached to the ground surface in a permanent manner.
GARAGE SALE SIGN
A temporary sign used to advertise a residential garage sale.
[Added 12-2-2014 by Ord. No. 340]
IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A sign that identifies the business, facility, development, owner or resident and/or street address and which contains no other advertising.
MONUMENT SIGN
A freestanding sign which is placed directly on the ground surface, without the use of uprights, poles or other means to elevate the sign face above the surrounding grade.
PENNANT
A series of small, often triangular, tapering flags made of lightweight plastic, fabric, or other similar material, suspended from a rope, wire, or string, often designed to move in the wind, as a device to call attention to a land use or activity.
POLITICAL SIGN
Temporary signs or posters advertising a political issue or candidate for political office.
[1]PORTABLE SIGN
A temporary sign which is designed to be moved easily from place to place, that is not permanently attached to the ground or to a building or other structure, that may be supported by wheels, a portable stand, or a chassis, and may have provision for towing behind a vehicle. The main sign face of a portable changeable message sign is designed to hold manually changeable copy.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign attached to the wall of a building, with the face of the sign which bears a message in plane approximately perpendicular to the plane of such wall.
PYLON SIGN
A freestanding sign supported by one or more uprights, poles, or other means which elevate the sign face above the surrounding grade.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A temporary sign indicating the availability of a lot, business, residence or other facility for sale, lease or rent.
ROOF SIGN
A sign attached to and projecting from the roof surface of a building.
SANDWICH BOARD
A sandwich board is a portable A-frame type sign hinged at the apex and folded into a sandwich position when transported or stored.
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Sandwich Board Sign
SIGN
Any object or device or part thereof which is used to advertise, identify, display, or direct or attract attention to an object, person, institution, organization, business, product, service, event or location by any means, including words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, motion, illumination or projected images and which is visible from a public right-of-way or public waterway.
SUBDIVISION ENTRY SIGN
A monument sign that identifies or otherwise states the name of a subdivision, site condominium development, apartment complex, manufactured housing community, or other similar development and containing no other advertising. A subdivision entry sign does not include a development sign.
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Subdivision Entry Sign
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign designed, constructed, or intended for use for a limited period of time, often associated with special events or sales.
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321]
VEHICULAR SIGNS
Any sign attached or applied to or painted on a vehicle for the primary purpose of advertising or directing attention to a product, service, entertainment, or commercial activity but does not include words, graphics or other communication that serves to identify the vehicle as one ordinarily and routinely used and operated in the course of the business advertised.
[Amended 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 329]
WALL SIGN
A sign attached to the wall of a building, with the face of the sign which bears a message in a plane approximately parallel to the plane of such wall and not projecting from the wall more than six inches. A sign attached to or displayed upon an awning, marquee or canopy is also considered to be a wall sign, except that a corporate logo or corporate name not exceeding six square feet in area attached to or displayed upon such awning, marquee or canopy shall not be considered a sign.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
WINDOW SIGN
A sign which is applied or attached to, or located within, three feet of the interior of a window on a structure which can be seen through or from the window of the structure.
[Amended 2-20-2012 by Ord. No. 326]
[1]
Editor's Note: A definition of "portable sign" that preceded this definition of "portable sign" was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
A sign not expressly permitted by this article is prohibited. A sign shall pertain to the use or lot on which it is located, with the exception of temporary signs as authorized in Subsection B, below.
B. 
Temporary or portable signs containing public messages concerning special events sponsored by governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations may be erected without a permit in any zoning district, but shall be subject to the following limitations:
(1) 
No more than five such signs shall be displayed for each special event. Such signs may be located either on or off the lot on which the special event is held.
(2) 
The display of such signs shall be limited to the 21 days immediately preceding the special event which is being advertised.
(3) 
Such signs shall have a maximum size of 32 square feet in area, and a maximum height of five feet.
(4) 
Such signs shall be removed within 48 hours of the conclusion of the special event which is being advertised.
C. 
A sign which no longer pertains to the use of the property on which it is located shall be removed, including the structure for such sign, within six months from the time the use is discontinued.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
D. 
Measurement of sign area and height.
(1) 
The entire area within a circle, triangle or parallelogram enclosing the extreme limits of writing, representation, emblem, or any figure or similar character, together with any frame or other material or color forming an integral part of the display or used to differentiate such sign from the background against which it is placed; excluding the necessary supports or uprights on which such sign is placed, unless the supports or uprights contain writing, representations, emblems or any figure of similar character in which case the area of such shall be computed within the total sign area.
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Sign Area
(2) 
Where a sign has two or more faces, the area of all faces shall be included in determining the area of the sign, except that, where two such faces are placed back to back and are at no point more than two feet from one another, the area of the sign shall be taken as the area of one face if the two faces are of equal area, or as the area of the larger face if the two faces are of unequal area. In the case of a sphere, the total surface area of the sphere shall be divided by two for purposes of determining the sign area.
(3) 
The height of any sign shall be measured from the mean grade.
E. 
All signs shall be stationary, and shall contain no visible moving parts or images. Time and temperature numerals are exempt from this provision.
F. 
There shall be no flashing, oscillating or intermittent illumination of any sign. There shall be no electronic message board signs. Signs shall be illuminated only by continuous indirect or direct lighting. All sign illumination shall be employed in such a manner so as to prevent intense or brilliant glares or rays of light from being directed at any street or at any adjoining property.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
G. 
No sign shall be placed within or above any public right-of-way or upon any utility pole except as otherwise permitted within the right-of-way of a state-designated highway in accordance with the regulations pertaining thereto, and except for projecting signs as permitted in this article. Any projecting sign that is to be placed over a Village right-of-way requires a license agreement with the Village prior to installation. Written permission from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is required for all signs to be installed over state rights-of-way.
H. 
The construction of any sign shall be such that it will withstand all wind and vibration forces which can be normally expected to occur within the vicinity. No sign shall be allowed to become unsightly through disrepair or action of the elements.
I. 
Maintenance. All signs and sign structures shall conform to all applicable codes adopted by the Village. Signs shall be installed in a workmanlike manner and be maintained at all times in a state of good repair, with all braces, bolts, clips, supporting frame, and fastenings free from deterioration, insect infestation, rot, rust or loosening. All signs shall be kept neatly finished, including all metal parts and supports that are not galvanized or made of rust-resistant metals.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
J. 
No sign shall be placed in the clear vision area as shown in Article III, Figure 7,[1] nor in a similar clear vision area at the intersection of a driveway or private road or access with a public or private road.
[1]
Editor's Note: Figure 7, Clear Vision Area, is located in § 390-11.
K. 
Temporary, searchlights, air filled balloons, signs animated by forced air, and lighter-than-air signs are prohibited, except as otherwise permitted in this article.
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321]
L. 
Roof signs. Roof signs shall be prohibited in all zoning districts except as authorized by special use permit in the C, CBD and EED Zoning Districts only, following a public hearing held in accordance with the procedures for approval of a special land use contained in Article XXV.[2]
(1) 
In considering granting a special use permit for a roof sign, the Planning Commission shall verify that the sign meets the following requirements:
(a) 
Physical characteristics of the building, property, or building and property in combination make a wall sign impractical.
(b) 
The roof sign will take the place of a wall sign.
(c) 
No portion of the roof sign will extend above the roof peak or ridge line. Roof signs are not permitted on buildings with flat roofs.
(d) 
The roof sign will not extend from the roof more than the angle required to be parallel with the building wall below.
(e) 
That the need for the roof sign has not been created by the applicant.
(f) 
That there are extraordinary circumstances or unusual conditions present that would warrant installation of the roof sign.
(g) 
That the sign does not impair the intent and purpose of this article.
(h) 
The total sign area and total number of signs is not increased above what is permitted in this article for wall signs.
(i) 
That the roof sign will have no adverse impact on adjoining property or the general welfare of the Village.
(j) 
That all other signs for the business meet the requirements of this article.
(2) 
The Planning Commission may impose reasonable conditions in conjunction with approval of a special land use which are deemed necessary to 1) insure that public services and facilities will be capable of accommodating increased service and facility loads caused by the proposed special land use, 2) protect the natural environment and conserve natural resources and energy, 3) insure compatibility with adjacent uses of land, and 4) promote the use of land in a socially and economically desirable manner. Conditions imposed shall comply with the Zoning Enabling Act.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
M. 
Temporary signs shall meet the following requirements:
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321]
(1) 
Banner signs are permitted as temporary signs in nonresidential districts as follows:
[Amended 2-20-2012 by Ord. No. 326]
(a) 
An annual banner and pennant permit is required to display a banner(s) and shall be obtained before installation of any such sign. An annual banner and pennant permit is required for each business that will display a banner.
(b) 
The fee for the annual banner and pennant permit shall be established by the Village Council and may be amended from time to time.
(c) 
The annual banner and pennant permit is valid from January 1 through December 31 of the year in which it is issued. A new banner and pennant permit must be obtained prior to the end of the calendar year in order for the business to continue to display a banner(s).
(d) 
The annual banner and pennant permit entitles the business to display up to three banners on the premises. Banners may be changed periodically while the permit is valid without obtaining additional permits.
(e) 
Banners shall be displayed for no more than 120 days in any one calendar year.
(f) 
All banners shall refer to the business on the property on which the banner is located.
(g) 
The total square footage of all banner signs displayed at any one time shall not exceed 50 square feet.
(h) 
All banners shall be maintained in good, clean condition, neatly hung, taut and secure.
(i) 
Banners shall not pose a hazard to public safety and may not be located in any clear-vision area.
(j) 
Banners shall be located on the property of the applicable business or institution, and shall not be located in any public right-of-way.
(k) 
Attachment of a banner to utility poles and light poles shall be prohibited.
(l) 
Banners shall not conceal architectural details or windows.
(2) 
Flag signs are permitted as temporary signs, without a permit, in nonresidential districts as follows:
[Amended 2-20-2012 by Ord. No. 326]
(a) 
One flag sign shall be permitted per business establishment.
(b) 
The flag sign shall be no more than 12 square feet in size.
(c) 
The flag sign shall be displayed only during the hours a business is open to the public. The entire flag, including the structure, shall be removed during the hours that the business is closed.
(d) 
The flag sign shall be permitted within any yard or attached to the wall of the building. If attached to the wall of a building, the flag sign must meet the following requirements:
[1] 
Be affixed to the wall at least six feet above the adjacent grade; any portion of the flagpole over the public right-of-way shall maintain a minimum clear space of eight feet from the bottom of the flagpole to the ground.
[2] 
The top of the flagpole shall be not more than 15 feet above the adjacent grade.
[3] 
The flagpole shall not project more than three feet from the face of the wall to which it is attached.
(e) 
The flag and its support shall not impede pedestrian movement, and shall not present a hazard to people or property.
(f) 
For businesses in the CBD-1, Central Business District Core, whose property abuts a public sidewalk with flag stands imbedded in the sidewalk, the flag may be displayed in the flag stand in the sidewalk, instead of on the building, under the following conditions:
[1] 
No more than one flag is permitted to be displayed at any one time.
[2] 
The flag may only be located on the sidewalk when the Village is not using the flag stands for the American Flag or other community use.
[3] 
The flag, including the supporting structure, must be removed during the hours that the business is closed, and whenever requested to remove the flag by a Village official or designated representative.
[4] 
The use of the sidewalk flag stand by any business fronting on Savidge Street is subject to approval by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
[5] 
All flag signs shall be maintained in good condition at all times. Frayed or damaged flags shall be replaced or removed upon the first signs of damage.
(3) 
Pennants are permitted in commercial districts as follows:
(a) 
A banner and pennant permit is required prior to installation of any pennants.
(b) 
The fee for a banner and pennant permit shall be established by the Village Council and may be amended from time to time.
(c) 
Pennants shall be displayed for periods of no more than 30 days. After 30 days, the pennants shall be removed from display. The pennants may be displayed for no more than three thirty-day periods in any one calendar year. There shall be an interval of at least 30 days between display periods.
(d) 
The length of the string of pennants shall not exceed two times the width of the building facade.
(e) 
Pennants shall be hung neatly, taut and secure.
(f) 
Pennants shall be maintained in good, clean condition at all times. Frayed or damaged pennants shall be replaced or removed upon the first signs of damage.
(4) 
Portable signs and portable changeable message signs are permitted as temporary signs in nonresidential districts as follows:
(a) 
A temporary sign permit is required prior to installation of a portable changeable message sign.
(b) 
The fee for the temporary sign permit shall be established by the Village Council and may be amended from time to time.
(c) 
One portable changeable message sign is permitted per business or use, regardless of the number of parcels occupied by said business.
(d) 
The portable changeable message sign shall be displayed for a period of no more than 30 days. A portable changeable message sign is permitted for no more than three thirty-day display periods in any calendar year. There shall be an interval of at least 14 days between display periods.
(e) 
The portable changeable message sign shall be maintained in a good, clean condition at all times. Damaged signs shall be repaired or removed upon the first signs of damage.
(f) 
A portable changeable message sign shall not be lighted in any manner.
(g) 
A portable changeable message sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and shall not exceed six feet in height.
(h) 
A portable changeable message sign shall be set back a minimum of five feet from the front property line and 15 feet from side and rear property lines.
(i) 
A portable changeable message sign shall not pose a hazard to public safety. Such sign shall not be located in the clear vision area or be located so that, in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator or Chief of Police, the sign causes a visibility problem for drivers or pedestrians.
(j) 
A portable changeable message sign shall be located on the property of the applicable business or institution, and shall not be located in any public right-of-way.
A. 
No freestanding sign, directional sign, subdivision entry sign, identification sign, projecting sign, roof sign or wall sign shall be erected, placed, constructed, reconstructed or modified except upon issuance of a permit therefor by the Zoning Administrator, unless specifically exempted from issuance of a permit by this article.
B. 
Application for a permit shall be made by submitting the following information to the Zoning Administrator:
(1) 
A completed application on a form provided by the Village;
(2) 
Payment of an application fee, which shall be nonrefundable, and which shall be established from time to time by resolution of the Village Council; and
(3) 
Plans and specifications for the proposed sign, in detail sufficient to determine its compliance with the provisions of this article.
C. 
If the proposed sign conforms with the provisions of this article, a permit shall be issued.
[Amended 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 328]
The following signs are permitted in all zoning districts in the Village:
A. 
One real estate sign per street address, with a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet. The maximum area of such sign shall be six square feet for any single-family or two-family dwelling use and 32 square feet for any other use. Such sign shall only be displayed when the property is for sale, lease or rent and shall not be illuminated. For properties with shoreline frontage, an additional real estate sign of the same size and height as otherwise permitted may be placed in the yard abutting the shoreline. A real estate sign must be set back a minimum of five feet from any property line. The sign shall be removed within 10 days after completion of the sale or lease.
B. 
One off-premises real estate sign is permitted when all of the following conditions are met:
(1) 
Shall be located in a commercial zoning district.
(2) 
Shall be associated with an approved site plan or PUD.
(3) 
Must be removed when 75% of the project is sold, rented, leased or occupied.
(4) 
Shall be limited to 24 square feet in area per side. Sign may be two-sided.
(5) 
Shall be limited to five feet in height above the natural grade.
(6) 
Shall be located at least 10 feet from any public right-of-way or private road easement/driveway.
(7) 
Shall be located in private property with written permission granted from the property owner.
(8) 
Shall be located outside of the clear vision area as defined by this chapter.
(9) 
May be illuminated between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
(10) 
Shall be made of wood, metal, or solid plastic and kept in good condition.
(11) 
Shall not be located more than 500 feet from the subject property/development being advertised, unless otherwise approved by the Planning Commission.
(12) 
Shall meet the intent of a development sign and/or a real estate sign, as defined by this chapter, with the intent to direct people to a specific development.
C. 
One development sign per project, not exceeding 32 square feet in area, with a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet. The sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 of the required front setback for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. The development sign must be removed when 75% of the project is sold, rented, leased or occupied. Development signs shall not be illuminated.
D. 
Political signs not exceeding seven square feet in area and 5 1/2 feet in height. Political signs shall be removed within 10 days of the election to which the sign pertains. Freestanding political signs must be set back a minimum of five feet from any property line. Political signs may be placed only on private property, with the permission of the property owner, and not in any right-of-way. Political signs shall not be illuminated.
E. 
One construction sign per site no larger than 32 square feet in area, with a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet. The sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 the required front setback for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. Construction signs may not be erected until a building permit has been issued and construction has begun. The sign shall be removed immediately upon completion of work or issuance of any occupancy permit, whichever occurs first. Construction signs shall not be illuminated.
F. 
Garage sale signs are permitted when all of the following conditions are met:
[Added 12-2-2014 by Ord. No. 340]
(1) 
Shall be limited to one on-premises location and three off-premises locations.
(2) 
Shall be located on private property.
(3) 
Shall be limited to four square feet in area per side. Sign may be two-sided.
(4) 
Shall be affixed to the ground and be freestanding.
(5) 
Shall be displayed for no longer than three days prior to the garage sale and shall be removed upon the end of the garage sale.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 320]
A. 
All signs in residential zoning districts shall be subject to a front yard setback equal to 1/2 the required front yard otherwise applicable in such zoning district.
B. 
The following signs are permitted in residential zoning districts, in addition to those permitted in § 390-169:
(1) 
One plat entry sign or identification sign per public street or private street entrance, not exceeding 32 square feet in area, with a maximum height of five feet. Such sign shall not be placed closer than 200 feet to any other such sign for the same plat or development.
The following signs are permitted in the C, CBD, CBD-1 and EED Zoning Districts, in addition to those permitted in § 390-169:
A. 
One monument sign per parcel.
(1) 
A monument sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area, and shall have a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet.
(2) 
If a monument sign advertises two or more businesses located on the same lot, the maximum sign area may be increased to 50 square feet.
(3) 
In the CBD, C and EED Zoning Districts, a monument sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 the required front setback distance for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. The monument sign must meet the design standards of the district.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(4) 
In the CBD-1 District, a monument sign must be set back a minimum of two feet from any property line. The monument sign must meet the requirements of the design standards for the district.
(5) 
Up to 1/2 of the permitted area of the monument sign may include an area for a manually changeable message. No electronic message signs are permitted.
B. 
One or more wall signs.
(1) 
All wall sign(s) shall not exceed 15% of the area of the front face of the building, but in any case shall not exceed 100 square feet. Wall signs may be attached to any wall so long as no more than one wall sign shall be placed on any wall.
C. 
One projecting sign.
(1) 
One projecting sign is permitted on a wall facing a public street or municipal public parking lot. A projecting sign shall not exceed 10 square feet in area, and shall not project more than three feet from the building wall to which it is attached. Such sign shall have a minimum ground clearance of eight feet.
D. 
Two directional signs per street entrance to a parking area with a capacity of 10 or more vehicles. Each sign shall not exceed four square feet in area, and shall have a maximum height of four feet. Such sign shall contain no written advertising, with the exception of corporate logos or corporate names.
E. 
One portable sign, or one portable changeable message sign shall be permitted according to the regulations in § 390-167M(4).
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321]
F. 
Sandwich board signs shall conform to the following regulations. The purpose of this type of sign is to permit businesses to utilize a portion of the area adjacent to their places of business for the purpose of pedestrian-scale advertising.
[Amended 12-26-2005 by Ord. No. 286]
(1) 
Design.
(a) 
One sandwich board sign is permitted per customer entrance.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(b) 
Signs shall be limited to 12 square feet of sign face for each side of the sign.
(c) 
Maximum sign face width shall be limited to 36 inches measured from sign legs.
(d) 
Maximum sign height shall be limited to 4 1/2 feet measured from the ground to the top of the sign.
(e) 
Sign bases shall be weighted with a minimum ten-pound ballast, colored solid black, to ensure sign stability in windy conditions.
(f) 
The sign frame shall be constructed as specified by Village Council resolution.
(2) 
Placement.
(a) 
Signs must be truly portable and cannot be permanently affixed to any structure or sidewalk, and must be removed at the end of each business day.
(b) 
If signs are placed on sidewalks, the sidewalk must be wide enough to allow for at least five feet of width for unrestricted pedestrian movement with sandwich board signs in place.
(c) 
Signs shall be placed to consider public safety including: location and proximity of doorways; maximum distance between pedestrian obstacles; location of crosswalks; and other physical features of the location that affect sight distance, accessibility and safety.
(d) 
Signs shall be placed a minimum of 48 inches from all obstructions within the sidewalk right-of-way, including newspaper boxes, outdoor tables/seating, trees and tree grates, bicycle racks, trash receptacles and any other item impeding pedestrian or wheelchair movement.
(e) 
Signs shall be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a building corner or pedestrian crosswalk.
(f) 
Signs shall be placed a minimum of 10 linear feet from the base of another sandwich board sign.
(3) 
Permits. Sign applicants are responsible to acquire any other applicable county or state permits which may be required to allow the placement of signs.
(4) 
Display. Signs may not be illuminated and may only be displayed during business hours.
G. 
The total area of all window signs on any side of a building shall not cover more than 25% of the window area.
[Amended 2-20-2012 by Ord. No. 326]
H. 
One vehicular sign is permitted per parcel, subject to the following:
[Amended 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 329[3]]
(1) 
Shall only advertise the business, products or services offered on the same premises.
(2) 
Shall be securely affixed to the interior or exterior of the vehicle.
(3) 
The total area of the sign shall not have a combined area of more than 20 square feet.
(4) 
The vehicle shall be located in an off-street parking space.
(5) 
The vehicle shall be operable and registered.
(6) 
Shall only be displayed between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
(7) 
Shall be displayed for no more than three thirty-day periods in any one calendar year.
(8) 
Shall be maintained in good, clean condition at all times.
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321; 2-20-2012 by Ord. No. 326]
The following signs are permitted in the O District, in addition to those permitted in § 390-169:
A. 
One monument sign per parcel:
(1) 
A monument sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and shall have a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet.
(2) 
If a monument sign advertises two or more businesses located on the same lot, the maximum sign area may be increased to 50 square feet.
(3) 
A monument sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 the required front setback distance for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. The monument sign must meet the design standards of the district.
(4) 
Up to 1/2 of the permitted area of the monument sign may include an area for a manually changeable message. No electronic message signs are permitted.
B. 
One or more wall signs per street, subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
Wall signs shall be permitted only on a building wall facing a street or municipal public parking lot, except that one wall sign not exceeding 20 square feet in area is also permitted on a non-street side wall of a building if there is a public entrance into the building on such non-street side.
(2) 
No more than one wall sign per occupant shall be permitted on a single building wall. In addition, one directory-type wall sign shall also be permitted on a building wall if the building has multiple occupants.
(3) 
The total area of all wall signs attached to a single building wall shall not exceed 20% of the area of the wall, or 50 square feet, whichever is less.
C. 
One projecting sign per street frontage, not exceeding 10 square feet in area, and not projecting more than three feet from the building wall to which it is attached. Such sign shall have a minimum ground clearance of eight feet.
D. 
One portable sign or one portable changeable message sign shall be permitted according to the regulations in § 390-167M(4).
E. 
The total area of all window signs on any building shall not cover more than 25% of the window area.
F. 
One vehicular sign is permitted per parcel, subject to the following:
[Added 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 329[1]]
(1) 
Shall only advertise the business, products or services offered on the same premises.
(2) 
Shall be securely affixed to the interior or exterior of the vehicle.
(3) 
The total area of the sign shall not have a combined area of more than 20 square feet.
(4) 
The vehicle shall be located in an off-street parking space.
(5) 
The vehicle shall be operable and registered.
(6) 
Shall only be displayed between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
(7) 
Shall be displayed for no more than three thirty-day periods in any one calendar year.
(8) 
Shall be maintained in good, clean condition at all times.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Amended 1-3-2011 by Ord. No. 321]
The following signs are permitted in the I Zoning District, in addition to those permitted in § 390-169:
A. 
One monument sign per parcel:
(1) 
A monument sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and shall have a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet.
(2) 
If a monument sign advertises two or more businesses located on the same lot, the maximum sign area may be increased to 50 square feet.
(3) 
A monument sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 the required front setback distance for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. The monument sign must meet the design standards of the district.
(4) 
Up to 1/2 of the permitted area of the monument sign may include an area for a manually changeable message. No electronic message signs are permitted.
B. 
One or more wall signs per street frontage, subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
Wall signs shall be permitted only on a building wall facing a street or municipal public parking lot, except that one wall sign not exceeding 20 square feet in area is also permitted on a non-street side wall of a building if there is a public entrance into the building on such non-street side.
(2) 
No more than one wall sign per occupant shall be permitted on a single building wall. In addition, one directory-type wall sign shall also be permitted on a building wall if the building has multiple occupants.
(3) 
The total area of all wall signs attached to a single building wall shall not exceed 20% of the area of the wall, or 50 square feet, whichever is less.
C. 
Two directional signs per street entrance to a parking area with a capacity of 10 or more vehicles. Each sign shall not exceed four square feet in area, and shall have a maximum height of four feet. Such signs shall contain no written advertising, with the exception of corporate logos.
D. 
One portable sign, or one portable changeable message sign shall be permitted according to the regulations in § 390-167M(4).
E. 
One vehicular sign is permitted per parcel, subject to the following:
[Added 6-18-2011 by Ord. No. 329[1]]
(1) 
Shall only advertise the business, products or services offered on the same premises.
(2) 
Shall be securely affixed to the interior or exterior of the vehicle.
(3) 
The total area of the sign shall not have a combined area of more than 20 square feet.
(4) 
The vehicle shall be located in an off-street parking space.
(5) 
The vehicle shall be operable and registered.
(6) 
Shall only be displayed between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
(7) 
Shall be displayed for no more than three thirty-day periods in any one calendar year.
(8) 
Shall be maintained in good, clean condition at all times.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
The following signs are permitted in the P Zoning District, in addition to those permitted in § 390-169:
A. 
One monument sign per parcel:
(1) 
A monument sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and shall have a maximum height of 5 1/2 feet.
(2) 
If a monument sign advertises two or more businesses located on the same lot, the maximum sign area may be increased to 50 square feet.
(3) 
A monument sign must be set back from any property line a minimum of 1/2 the required front setback distance for the property or 10 feet, whichever is greater. The monument sign must meet the design standards of the district.
(4) 
Up to 1/2 of the permitted area of the monument sign may include an area for a manually changeable message. No electronic message signs are permitted.
B. 
One or more wall signs per street frontage, subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
Wall signs shall be permitted only on a building wall facing a street, municipal public parking lot or shoreline frontage, except that one wall sign not exceeding 20 square feet in area is also permitted on a non-street side wall of a building if there is a public entrance into the building on such non-street side.
(2) 
No more than one wall sign per occupant shall be permitted on a single building wall. In addition, one directory-type wall sign shall also be permitted on a building wall if the building has multiple occupants.
(3) 
The total area of all wall signs attached to a single building wall shall not exceed 20% of the area of the wall, or 50 square feet, whichever is less.
C. 
One projecting sign per street frontage, not exceeding 10 square feet in area, and not projecting more than three feet from the building wall to which it is attached. Such sign shall have a minimum ground clearance of eight feet.
D. 
One portable sign, or one portable changeable message sign shall be permitted according to the regulations in § 390-167M(4).
[Amended 5-12-2009 by Ord. No. 311]
A. 
For the purpose of this article, a "deviation" is defined as a modification of one or more of the requirements of this article as outlined in the following subsections.
B. 
Deviations from the dimensional requirements for setback, size, height or total number of signs, of §§ 390-170, 390-171A through D, 390-172, 390-173 and 390-174 may be granted by the Planning Commission if the following criteria are met:
(1) 
That the proposed sign is consistent with the overall intent of the sign standards and requirements in this article.
(2) 
That the applicant proves a practical difficulty in complying fully with the provisions of this article, owing to conditions peculiar to the land or structure and not the result of the action of the applicant, that would result from strict adherence to the standards and requirements of this article.
(3) 
That the deviation is no more than what is necessary to relieve the applicant's practical difficulty.
(4) 
That the sign otherwise meets the requirements of this article.
(5) 
That the deviation is only dimensional and does not permit a sign that would not otherwise be permitted in the zoning district.
C. 
The Planning Commission may impose reasonable conditions in conjunction with approval of the deviation which are deemed necessary to 1) protect the natural environment and conserve natural resources and energy, 2) insure compatibility with adjacent uses of land, and 3) promote the use of land in a socially and economically desirable manner. Conditions imposed shall comply with the Zoning Enabling Act.
D. 
Any person aggrieved by the decision rendered by the Planning Commission as allowed by this section may appeal the decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals.