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Township of Millcreek, PA
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
A. 
Location of signs. In no case, except for official traffic and street signs, shall any sign be erected so that it:
(1) 
Is closer than 10 feet to a street shoulder or curb and lies within or projects over the right-of-way of a street;
(2) 
Lies within any clear sight triangle;
(3) 
Obscures a motorist's, pedestrian's or bicyclist's view of traffic signals, stop signs, or other warning devices;
(4) 
Obscures a motorist's, pedestrian's or bicyclist's view of the roadway, intersections or driveways and egress;
(5) 
Blocks or obstructs any exit or entrance and/or the movement of pedestrians, bicyclists or others;
(6) 
Lies within a distance of 10 feet from a side yard property line or within a parking space or a fire lane; and/or
(7) 
Casts glare or is otherwise detrimental to neighboring occupancies or to the safe movement to traffic.
B. 
Area of signs. (See the ullustrations in Exhibit A.[2])
(1) 
The area of a sign shall include perimeter framework or trim.
(2) 
In computing the area of a double-faced or multiple-faced sign, only the side with the most square feet (SF) will be considered. If the interior angle formed by the faces of the sign is 90° or more, then all sides of such sign shall be considered in calculating the sign area.
(3) 
If a building has walls fronting on two or more streets or if the property fronts on more than one street, the sign area for each building wall or property frontage shall be computed separately.
(4) 
A sign supported by more than one means, such as freestanding, wall, roof, or projecting, shall have its area and height calculation determined by the type of sign which has the most restrictive standards.
(5) 
Signs that consist of, or have attached to them, one or more three-dimensional or irregularly shaped objects shall have a sign area of the sum of two adjacent vertical sign faces of the smallest cube encompassing the sign or object.
(6) 
If elements of a sign are movable or flexible, such as a flag or banner, the measurement is taken when the elements are fully extended and parallel to the plane of view.
[2]
Editor’s Note: Exhibit A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
C. 
Requirements.
(1) 
All signs hereafter erected shall conform to the provisions of this chapter, the Pennsylvania Construction Code and all other applicable federal, state and Township regulations.
(2) 
No sign shall be illuminated by other than electrical means. This subsection does not prohibit use of solar energy as a power source.
D. 
Maintenance.
(1) 
All signs shall be maintained in safe condition and good repair at all times so that all sign information is clearly legible and the sign and its structural components are in conformance to the provisions of this chapter, the Property Maintenance Code in Chapter 29 of the Millcreek Township Code and all other applicable federal, state and Township regulations.
(2) 
It shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner or lessee of every sign to maintain the immediate premises occupied by the sign in a clean, sanitary and healthful condition.
E. 
Sign illumination.
(1) 
Signs may be illuminated, unless otherwise specified herein, consistent with the following standards:
(a) 
Light sources to illuminate signs shall neither be visible from any street right-of-way, nor cause glare hazardous or distracting to pedestrians, vehicle drivers, or adjacent properties.
(b) 
No more than 0.2 footcandle of light shall be detectable at the boundary of any abutting property.
(c) 
Hours of operation.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
[1] 
Signs on nonresidential properties may be illuminated from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., or one half hour past the close of business of the facility being identified or advertised, whichever is later.
[2] 
Signs shall provide an automatic timer to comply with the intent of this Section.
(d) 
Brightness. Message center signs and digital displays are subject to the following brightness limits:
[1] 
During daylight hours between sunrise and sunset, luminance shall be no greater than 5,000 nits.
[2] 
At all other times, luminance shall be no greater than 250 nits.
[3] 
Each sign must have a light-sensing device that will automatically adjust the brightness of the display as the natural ambient light conditions change to comply with the limits set here within.
(e) 
Message duration. The length of time each message shall be displayed on a message center sign, digital display, or Tri-Vision Board sign shall be no less than eight (8) seconds.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
(2) 
Types of illumination. Where permitted, illumination may be:
(a) 
External. Externally illuminated signs, where permitted, are subject to the following regulations:
[1] 
The source of the light must be concealed by translucent covers.
[2] 
External illumination shall be by a steady, stationary light source, shielded and directed solely at the sign. The light source must be static in color.
(b) 
Internal. Internally illuminated signs, where permitted, are subject to the following regulations:
[1] 
Internal illumination, including neon lighting, must be static in intensity and color.
[2] 
Electronic message centers are permitted in accordance with the regulations contained in § 145-88.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
(3) 
Electrical standards.
(a) 
All work shall be completed in full compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
(b) 
The electrical supply to all exterior signs, whether to the sign itself or to lighting fixtures positioned to illuminate the sign, shall be provided by means of concealed electrical cables. Electrical supply to freestanding signs shall be provided by means of underground cables.
(c) 
The owner of any illuminated sign shall arrange for a certification showing compliance with the brightness standards set forth herein by an independent contractor and provide the certification documentation to the Township as a condition precedent to the issuance of a sign permit. Equipment/materials specification or data sheets supplied by the light manufacturer that contain brightness information can be used to satisfy this certification requirement.
(4) 
Glare control. Glare control shall be achieved primarily through the use of such means as cutoff fixtures, shields, and baffles, and appropriate application of fixture mounting height, wattage, aiming angle, and fixture placement. Vegetation screens shall not be employed to serve as the primary means for controlling glare.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 145-77, Findings; purpose; intent; interpretation, as amended, was repealed 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12. This ordinance also redesignated former §§ 145-78 through 145-85 as §§ 145-77 through 145-84.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, install, locate, alter (dimension or type), or relocate any sign within the Township without first obtaining a sign permit, unless the sign is not required to have a permit as outlined in § 145-79. A permit must be obtained from the Township authorizing the erection of all signs in the Township prior to commencement of erection or installation, unless specifically exempted in this article.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
B. 
Before any permit is granted for the erection of a sign or sign structure, plans and specifications shall be filed with the Township showing the dimensions, materials, and details of construction, anchorage, and any other pertinent engineering data. The Township shall use the design and construction standards required for signs in the Pennsylvania Construction Code. Plans for signs with an area greater than 300 square feet shall be prepared by a professional engineer and certified that they meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code.
C. 
The owner of property on which a portable sign is to be located must obtain a sign permit before having the sign delivered to the site.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
D. 
No sign structure shall hereafter be erected, constructed or altered except as herein provided, until a permit has been issued by the Township.
E. 
No sign shall be enlarged or relocated except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter for new signs, nor until a proper permit has been secured. The changing of content or movable parts on any electronic message center or sign which features automatic, manual or other switching or changing of its message content that is designed for such changes or the repainting or reposting of display matter shall not be deemed an alteration, provided the conditions of the original approval and the requirements of this chapter are not violated.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
F. 
Upon the filing of an application for a permit, the Zoning Department may examine the site where the sign is to be erected. If the proposed site and sign are in compliance with the requirements of this chapter and other laws of the Township, the Zoning Department shall then issue the permit.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
G. 
Every sign for which a permit has been issued shall be plainly marked with the Township permit number displayed in a conspicuous place. The Township will provide a label with a permit number at the time the permit is issued.
H. 
All rights and privileges acquired under the provisions of this chapter or any amendment hereto are mere licenses, revocable at any time by the Township and all such permits shall contain this provision.
I. 
Erection, relocation and/or alteration of the sign under the issued permit must be completed within six months after date of issuance of a permit.
J. 
Exemptions from the necessity of securing a permit, however, shall not be construed to relieve the owner of or the person maintaining the sign involved from responsibility for its erection in a safe manner and in a manner in accord with all the other provisions of this chapter.
K. 
A permit fee and a deposit, if applicable, shall be established from time to time by Resolution of the Township and shall be paid by the applicant prior to any issuance of a permit.
[Added 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
L. 
Permits issued for temporary signs shall be valid for a period of 60 days after issuance.
[Added 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
The following signs are permitted in all districts and do not require a permit, provided that the applicable conditions have been met:
A. 
Government/regulatory signs.
B. 
Signs displaying the official street address of the premises for public safety purposes and for delivery of mail and official governmental notifications, provided that the area of any such sign shall not exceed two (2) square feet and not more than one such sign shall be erected for each occupancy of a premises, unless such property fronts on more than one street, in which case one such sign may be erected on each street frontage.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
C. 
No trespassing signs, signs indicating the prohibition or control of fishing, hunting, etc., or signs indicating the private nature of a road for public safety purposes, provided the area of any such sign does not exceed two (2) square feet.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
D. 
Flags displayed through use of a permanent fixture, such as a flag pole, provided such flags do not contain any commercial messaging:
(1) 
Location. Flags and flagpoles shall not be located within any right-of-way.
(2) 
Height. Flags shall have a maximum height of 35 feet.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsections D(3), Number, and (4), Size, were repealed 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12.
E. 
Legal notices.
F. 
Directional signs, provided they do not contain any commercial messaging, which do not exceed five (5) square feet in area, do not exceed a maximum height of five (5) feet, and are not illuminated.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
G. 
Window signs, provided the total area of any such sign or all signs together does not exceed five (5) square feet.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
H. 
Signs painted on or integral to vending machines, fuel dispensing pumps or fuel storage tanks.
I. 
Signs which are a permanent architectural feature of a building or structure, such as a cornerstone, or identifying letters carved into or embossed on a building, provided the letters are not made of a reflective material nor contrast in color with the building.
J. 
Any temporary sign that does not exceed five (5) square feet and that meets the conditions and restrictions imposed in § 145-81.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to erect, install or locate any of the following:
A. 
Signage causing safety hazards, including but not limited to, traffic, impairment of vision, ingress/egress, etc.
B. 
Unauthorized signs in the public right-of-way.
C. 
Any sign which uses the words "Stop," "Look," "Danger," or any other word or character which attempts or appears to attempt to direct the movement of traffic or which interferes with or resembles any official traffic sign, signal, or device within 75 feet of a public right-of-way or within 200 feet of a traffic control device, whichever is greater.
D. 
Signs that contain deceptive, false, or misleading information.
E. 
Except for traffic control signals, red, green or revolving beacon lights are prohibited within 75 feet of a public right-of-way or 200 feet of a traffic control device signal, whichever is greater.
F. 
Any banner sign or sign of any other type is prohibited across a public street or on any public property, except for such signs which are approved by the state and/or Township to be of general benefit to the Township or for public convenience, necessity, or welfare.
G. 
Abandoned signs.
H. 
Snipe signs.
I. 
Signs that exhibit statements, words, or pictures of obscene or pornographic subjects as determined by the municipality, applying contemporary community standards.
J. 
Signs which prevent the free ingress or egress from any door, window, fire escape, or that prevent free access from one part of a roof to any other part. No sign other than a safety sign shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.
K. 
Signs erected without the permission of the property owner, with the exception of those authorized or required by local, state, or federal government.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
A. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
General requirements.
(a) 
Temporary off-premises signs shall not be permitted.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A(1)(b) and (c), regarding places where temporary signs are not permitted, was repealed 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12.
(2) 
Total signage area, height and number requirements.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
(a) 
The maximum signage area of a temporary sign shall not exceed five (5) square feet, unless otherwise permitted within a specific zoning district in accordance with the requirements of this Article.
(b) 
The maximum sign height shall be seven (7) feet.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, which placed limitations on the number of temporary signs, and which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-13-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-1.
(3) 
Construction/maintenance requirements.
(a) 
Every temporary sign shall be made of durable material, and firmly secured to the ground or to an adjacent building.
(b) 
Temporary signs that are frayed, torn, broken, or no longer legible will be deemed unmaintained.
(4) 
Illumination. Illumination of any temporary sign is prohibited.
B. 
Portable signs.
(1) 
General provisions.
(a) 
Hours of illumination. Portable signs may be illuminated only during the hours of operation of the business being advertised. All portable signs must not be illuminated during hours of nonoperation. The illumination of any portable sign shall be in compliance with § 145-77E.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
(b) 
No portable sign shall be larger than 32 square feet in area and no sign shall be located less than 10 feet from a street right-of-way line.
(c) 
These signs may not revolve, be animated or have flashing lights.
(d) 
A maximum of one sign per frontage, per occupancy, is permitted.
(2) 
Sandwich-board or A-frame signs. Sandwich-board signs that comply with the requirements in this subsection shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of signs allowed on a property.
[Amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
(a) 
Number. One (1) sandwich-board sign is permitted per establishment. For the purposes of this subsection, a parking garage or parking lot shall be considered an establishment.
(b) 
Area. Each sign shall have a maximum area of seven (7) square feet per sign face.
(c) 
Height. Signs shall have a maximum height of three and one-half (3.5) feet.
(d) 
Sign placement.
[1] 
If a sign is located on a public or private sidewalk, a minimum of 36 inches of unobstructed sidewalk clearance must be maintained between the sign and any building or other obstruction.
[2] 
The sign must be located on the premises, and within 12 feet of the primary public entrance, of the establishment it advertises. For the purposes of this subsection, a public entrance includes a vehicular entrance into a parking garage or parking lot.
[3] 
Portable signs shall be weighted, temporarily secured, or strategically placed so as to avoid being carried away by high winds.
(e) 
Manual changeable copy.
[1] 
Manual changeable-copy signs are permitted when integrated into a sandwich-board sign.
[2] 
Commercial messages must advertise only goods and services available on the premises.
For purposes of this article, all districts zoned any classification of Residential by this chapter are classified for purposes of this article as "Residential"; all districts zoned any classification of Commercial are classified as "Business"; all districts zoned Light Industry and Heavy Industry are classified as "Industrial"; and all districts zoned Industrial Park are classified as "Industrial Park."
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
Residential signage:
(1) 
Nonilluminated, permanent, stationary on-premises signs are permitted in any residential district where the use is a single- or two-family dwelling, provided that:
(a) 
Total square footage of signage per parcel does not exceed an area of five (5) square feet;
(b) 
The height of any signage does not exceed seven (7) feet if it is a freestanding sign; and
(c) 
All such signs shall observe at least a ten-foot setback from the street right-of-way line.
(2) 
The following applies to permanent, monument signs on properties with multifamily dwellings and multiple residential buildings, at the entrances of dwelling unit subdivisions, legal nonconforming uses, and conforming nonresidential uses:
(a) 
Total square footage is not to exceed twenty-four (24) square feet of signage for every seventy-five (75) feet of frontage of the parcel, not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet. For parcels with less than seventy-five (75) feet of frontage, no more than twenty-four (24) square feet of signage will be permitted;
(b) 
The height of the sign does not exceed eight (8) feet; and
(c) 
All such signs shall observe at least a ten-foot setback from the street right-of-way line;
(d) 
Signage may be illuminated from the ground provided that the lights are adequately screened to prevent glare from neighboring properties.
(3) 
Temporary signage in a residential district:
(a) 
Shall not exceed five (5) square feet in size per sign;
(b) 
Shall not exceed seven (7) feet in height;
(c) 
Shall observe at least a ten-foot setback from the street right-of-way line.
(4) 
Prohibited signs in residential districts:
(a) 
Animated/moving, portable, projecting, or roof signs are prohibited in residential districts.
(b) 
Vehicular signs are prohibited in residential districts.
(c) 
Off-premises signs, including billboards/commercial outdoor advertising, are prohibited in residential districts.
(5) 
Nonresidential electronic message centers in a residential district shall be considered conditional uses and comply with all applicable sections. However, electronic message centers shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet in size in a residential district.
(a) 
Conditions for the conditional use:
[1] 
The use of the property must be a legal use.
[2] 
The applicant shall demonstrate that all subsections of § 145-88 are met.
[3] 
The Board of Supervisors may, at their discretion, attach such reasonable conditions and safeguards as it may deem necessary to implement the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
The maximum square footage for all building and freestanding signage shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet for every seventy-five (75) feet of lot frontage, or part thereof, not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet. For parcels with less than seventy-five (75) feet of lot frontage, no more than twenty-four (24) square feet of signage will be permitted.
B. 
No animated/moving, billboards/commercial outdoor advertising, portable, projecting, rotating, roof, or vehicular signs are permitted in this district.
C. 
Freestanding signs:
(1) 
Shall be monument signs that do not exceed eight (8) feet in height;
(2) 
Shall be located at least ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way.
D. 
Wall signs are to be limited to one sign per street frontage.
[Added 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
The maximum square footage for all building signs per tenant shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet for every fifty (50) feet of building frontage of the tenant, or part thereof, not to exceed forty-eight (48) square feet. For building frontages with less than fifty (50) square feet of frontage, no more than twenty-four (24) square feet of signage will be permitted. The wall sign shall not exceed 80% of the tenant's frontage.
B. 
No animated/moving, billboards/commercial outdoor advertising, portable, projecting, rotating, roof, or vehicular signs are permitted in this district.
C. 
Freestanding signs.
(1) 
For monument signs:
(a) 
Shall be located at least ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way;
(b) 
Shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet;
(c) 
Shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
(2) 
For all other freestanding signs:
(a) 
Shall not exceed fifteen (15) in height with a minimum clearance of seven (7) feet from the ground;
(b) 
Shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet.
(3) 
Only one freestanding sign is permitted per lot.
D. 
Wall signs are to be limited to one sign per street frontage.
E. 
Temporary and portable signs in excess of sixteen (16) square feet but not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet shall be permitted provided a permit is obtained. Temporary signs in excess of five (5) square feet are to be located a minimum of twenty (20) feet from another temporary sign over five (5) square feet. Temporary signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height. No temporary sign is permitted for more than sixty (60) days.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
The maximum square footage for all building signage per tenant shall be determined by the gross square footage that the tenant occupies:
(1) 
One (1) to 24,999 square feet of tenant space: one (1) square foot of signage for every one (1) foot of linear store frontage, not to exceed 200 square feet of signage per side;
(2) 
25,000 to 49,999 square feet of tenant space: one (1) square foot of signage for every one (1) foot of linear store frontage, not to exceed 350 square feet of signage per side;
(3) 
50,000 to 79,999 square feet of tenant space: one (1) square foot of signage for every one (1) foot of linear store frontage, not to exceed 550 square feet of signage per side;
(4) 
80,000 or more square feet of tenant space: two (2) square feet of signage for every one (1) foot of linear store frontage, not to exceed 800 square feet of signage per side.
B. 
Freestanding signs:
(1) 
Shall not exceed twenty (20) feet in height;
(2) 
Shall be not exceed forty (40) square feet;
(3) 
In the instance of shopping malls and plazas, detached primary buildings may have one (1) freestanding sign per building, not to exceed fifteen (15) square feet of signage per tenant of the building up to a maximum square footage of three hundred (300) square feet of signage per freestanding sign permitted.
C. 
No sign will be permitted within the public right-of-way.
D. 
Building signs:
(1) 
Shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the length of the building or store frontage;
(2) 
Shall not exceed six (6) feet in height above the existing roof;
(3) 
Shall not exceed one (1) sign per building, or store front when located in the C-4 District, unless located on a corner, in which case, two (2) signs are permitted, one (1) sign per frontage;
E. 
Billboard/commercial outdoor advertising signs are prohibited except in the C-3 District, provided that no such signs may be installed along the Seaway Trail (West Lake Road from Millfair Road to West 6th Street and then along West 6th Street to Pittsburgh Avenue) pursuant to restrictions established by the National Scenic Byway Program.
F. 
Temporary and portable signs in excess of sixteen (16) square feet but not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet shall be permitted provided a permit is obtained. Temporary signs in excess of five (5) square feet are to be located a minimum of twenty (20) feet from another temporary sign over five (5) square feet. Temporary signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height. No temporary sign is permitted for more than sixty (60) days.
G. 
Signage must conform to regulations of Chapter 70, Land Miscellaneous Activities and Regulations, Part 2, Airport Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Millcreek, and Pennsylvania Construction Code.
[Added 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
Resort Commercial (RC).
(1) 
Due to the location of the Resort Commercial District relative to Presque Isle, the following regulations will apply:
(a) 
Only one (1) freestanding monument sign is permitted provided that:
[1] 
A landscaped planter is provided with the minimum area to be equal to the total area of the sign located within the planter.
[2] 
The exterior finish color and materials are to complement the colors and materials of both the building that the advertised business occupies as well as surrounding buildings in the district.
[3] 
No sign is permitted within the clear sight triangle adjacent to a corner. The clear sight triangle shall measure twenty-five (25) feet by twenty-five (25) feet.
[4] 
Signage will be based on frontage and restricted to the following maximums:
Property Frontage
(feet)
Area
(square feet)
Height
(feet)
Width
(feet)
Less than 100
25
8
10
100 to 299
55 or 0.33 per linear foot of frontage, whichever is less
8
10
300 or more
65 or 0.33 per linear foot of frontage, whichever is less
8
10
[5] 
One (1) additional freestanding monument sign is permitted for parcels over 600 feet in street frontage. The additional sign shall comply with § 145-87A(1)(c).
(b) 
Building signs are restricted to the following:
[1] 
Total square footage is not to exceed twenty-four (24) square feet of signage for every seventy-five (75) feet of frontage of the building.
[2] 
Signage is to complement the colors and materials of both the building that the advertised business occupies as well as surrounding buildings in the district.
(c) 
All signage in the RC District shall be considered a conditional use and meet all applicable sections prior to the governing body's approval.
(2) 
Conditions for the condition use:
(a) 
The use of the property must be a legal use.
(b) 
The applicant shall demonstrate that all requirements of § 145-87 are met.
(c) 
For electronic message centers, the applicant shall demonstrate that all subsections of § 145-89 are met.
(d) 
The Board of Supervisors may, at their discretion, attach such reasonable conditions and safeguards as it may deem necessary to implement the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12[1]]
A. 
Industrial Districts.
(1) 
In the I-1 and I-2 Districts, signage shall not exceed one square foot for each two linear feet of building frontage which is perpendicular to the sign.
(2) 
Building signs:
(a) 
Shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the length of the building frontage;
(b) 
Shall not exceed six (6) feet in height above the existing roof;
(c) 
Shall not exceed one (1) sign per building unless located on a corner, in which case, two (2) signs are permitted, one (1) sign per frontage;
(3) 
In addition to building signs, one freestanding stand is permitted provided:
(a) 
The sign does not exceed forty (40) square feet; and
(b) 
The height does not exceed twenty (20) feet and have a clearance of ten (10) feet.
(4) 
Billboard/commercial outdoor advertising signs are permitted in accordance with the regulations in § 145-89.
(5) 
Temporary and portable signs in excess of sixteen (16) square feet but not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet shall be permitted provided a permit is obtained. Temporary signs in excess of five (5) square feet are to be located a minimum of twenty (20) feet from another temporary sign over five (5) square feet. Temporary signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height. No temporary sign is permitted for more than sixty (60) days.
B. 
Industrial Park District.
(1) 
Only identification signs, which identify the name and business of the persons or firms occupying the premises, are permitted. Freestanding signs shall not exceed forty (40) square feet. Building signs shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet.
(2) 
Identification signs may also be placed the front yard setback area when they are constructed and designed to be a part of a landscaping element. All other signs in the front yard setback area are prohibited.
(3) 
No sign shall be located within one hundred (100) feet of any intersection unless affixed to a building and not extending more than three (3) feet beyond the same.
(4) 
All lighting and illumination for signs, structures, landscaping, parking areas, loading and unloading areas, etc., shall be focused, directed, and arranged to prevent glare or direct illumination on streets or adjoining property line, unless required to illuminate a hazard.
(5) 
Temporary and portable signs in excess of sixteen (16) square feet but not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet shall be permitted provided a permit is obtained. Temporary signs in excess of five (5) square feet are to be located a minimum of twenty (20) feet from another temporary sign over five (5) square feet. Temporary signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height. No temporary sign is permitted for more than sixty (60) days.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also redesignated this former § 145-87 as § 145-88.
Signs and lighting requirements.
A. 
Signs.
(1) 
Only identification signs identifying the name and business of the persons or firms occupying the premises shall be permitted. Advertising signs, billboards, or other signs except those specifically permitted are prohibited. No freestanding sign shall be larger than 40 square feet. No wall-mounted sign shall be larger than 100 square feet.
(2) 
Identification signs shall generally be placed upon the outside walls of the buildings, but shall not extend above the line of the roof meeting the wall. However, identification signs may be placed in the front yard setback area when they are constructed and designed to be a part of a landscaping element. All other signs in the front yard setback area, signs painted on exterior faces of buildings or on roofs or fences, flashing or moving signs are prohibited.
(3) 
No sign shall be located within 100 feet of any intersection unless affixed to a building and not extending more than three feet beyond the same.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
(4) 
No sign shall be erected or maintained in any yard which will in any way obstruct a view of any street intersection or otherwise create a traffic hazard.
(5) 
Construction permits shall be required for any exterior signs.
B. 
Glare and street standards. All lighting and illumination for signs, structures, landscaping, parking areas, loading and unloading areas and the like shall be focused, directed, and so arranged as to prevent glare or direct illumination on streets or adjoining property line, unless required to illuminate a hazard.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
Electronic message centers are permitted in all nonresidential districts provided that:
(1) 
Each sign shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer device;
(2) 
No animation of any typed, no flashing light, and no "spell on" display mode shall be allowed;
(3) 
Messages shall stay static for a minimum of eight (8) seconds;
(4) 
The maximum area shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet;
(5) 
The area shall be included in the maximum square footage permitted per district;
(6) 
The intensity and contrast of light levels shall remain constant throughout the sign face;
(7) 
Illumination intensity of the sign shall not exceed 5,000 nits during daytime hours;
(8) 
Each sign shall be shut off between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on every day and shall use automatic day-night dimming software or other means to reduce the illumination intensity of the sign to 500 nits or less from dusk until 11:00 p.m.
(9) 
Malfunctioning signs shall be turned off or display a dark screen until repaired and operating properly;
(10) 
Signs shall not cause glare.
B. 
Electronic message centers shall exclude billboard signs and shall not be part of a billboard sign.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
Billboard/commercial outdoor advertising signs are permitted in C-3 and I-1, I-2 and I-3 Districts.
B. 
One billboard/commercial outdoor advertising sign may be erected per parcel fronting onto a public right-of-way, provided that:
(1) 
The signs meet applicable district setbacks;
(2) 
No sign is permitted within fifty (50) feet of a residential or C-1 District;
(3) 
The sign is not within 500 feet of any other billboard/commercial outdoor advertising sign;
(4) 
Signs constructed on buildings must conform to regulations of Chapter 70, Part 2, Airport Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Millcreek, and Pennsylvania Construction Code.
C. 
No billboard/outdoor advertising sign shall exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height to the uppermost portion of the sign or its support structure.
D. 
Billboard/outdoor advertising signs shall not exceed 700 square feet in size, including borders and trim but excluding supports. Two-sided signs or V-shaped signs with a horizontal angle that is not greater than 90 degrees is permitted.
E. 
High-rise signs.
(1) 
High-rise signs shall be authorized only in the area within a one-thousand-foot radius of the intersection of the center lines of Interstate 90 and Route 8 (Wattsburg Road) except as expressly provided otherwise, and shall not exceed a height of eighty (80) feet;
(2) 
Only one high-rise sign per parcel;
(3) 
High-rise signs shall meet the applicable district setback;
(4) 
High-rise signs shall not exceed a maximum size of 300 square feet, including borders and trim but excluding supports;
(5) 
The applicant for a high-rise sign shall acquire all permits that may be required by state or federal agencies.
[Added 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8; amended 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
A. 
With respect to signs not maintained in accordance with § 145-77D, the Township may initiate the enforcement procedures and seek any or all remedies available under the Property Maintenance Code in Chapter 29 of the Millcreek Township Code.
B. 
With respect to signs not constructed in accordance with § 145-77C, the Township may initiate the enforcement procedures and seek any or all remedies available under the Uniform Construction Code Ordinance in Chapter 29 of the Millcreek Township Code.
C. 
Removal of signs.
(1) 
Upon written notice by the municipality, the owner, person, or firm maintaining a sign shall remove the sign when it is abandoned or unlawfully erected in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter.
(2) 
The municipality may remove or cause to be removed the sign at the expense of the owner and/or lessee in the event of the owner or the person or firm maintaining the sign has not complied with the terms of the notice within thirty (30) days of the date of the notice.
(3) 
If a sign presents an immediate danger, the municipality may remove the sign immediately and to the extent possible issue notice of said removal to the owner, person, or firm maintaining the sign.
(4) 
If the sign is a prohibited sign under § 145-80, the municipality may remove the sign immediately and to the extent possible issue notice of said removal to the owner, person, or firm maintaining the sign.
[Added 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
A. 
Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, to the extent that this chapter allows a sign containing commercial copy, it shall allow a noncommercial sign to the same extent. The noncommercial message may occupy the entire sign area or any portion thereof, and may substitute for or be combined with the commercial message. The sign message may be changed from commercial to noncommercial, or from one noncommercial message to another, as frequently as desired by the sign's owner, provided that the sign is not prohibited and the sign continues to comply with all requirements of this chapter.