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[Amended 1-5-1981 by Ord. No. HR-54; 2-27-1984 by Ord. No. HR-80]
Any sign hereafter erected in Tredyffrin Township which is exposed to public view shall conform with the provisions of this chapter and any other ordinance or regulation of Tredyffrin Township or the state or federal government relating to the erection, alteration or maintenance of signs. In the event of conflicting regulations, the most restrictive regulation shall prevail.
A. 
No sign, other than exempt signs, shall be erected without first obtaining a sign permit from the Code Enforcement Officer. Permit applications for signs in special development districts and signs larger than six square feet in area in other districts shall be accompanied by a plan, drawn to scale, showing details of the sign, its size and location on the building and/or lot. Permits for window signs and changeable copy signs shall be valid as long as there is no change in the area, location and type of such signs which have been authorized by permit. Fees for sign permits and deposits for temporary signs shall be paid in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by resolution by the Board of Supervisors.
B. 
All signs shall be kept in a proper state of repair, in accordance with the requirements of the Township's Building Code, Property Maintenance Code[1] and other pertinent regulations.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 80, Building Construction, and Ch. 149, Property Maintenance, respectively.
C. 
No sign other than traffic or similar official signs shall be erected within or project over the right-of-way of any public street or sidewalk, except as hereafter provided.
D. 
No sign shall be erected that is of such character, form, shape or color that it imitates or resembles any official traffic sign, signal or device or that has any characteristics which are likely to confuse or dangerously distract the attention of the operator of a motor vehicle on a public street.
E. 
No free standing or projecting sign shall be erected at the intersection of any streets improved for vehicular traffic within the triangular area formed by the right-of-way lines and a line connecting them at points 25 feet from their intersection unless the topmost portion of said sign is less than two feet or the bottommost portion of said sign is more than eight feet above curb grade; and provided, further, that no part of its means of support has a single or combined horizontal dimension exceeding eight inches. In no case shall any sign be so erected that it impedes the vision of motorists or pedestrians or otherwise endangers their safety.
F. 
Except for advertising signs and those exempt signs that are specifically required to be on another lot, all signs shall be erected on the same lot as the use or activity which they identify.
[Amended 8-16-2004 by Ord. No. HR-329]
G. 
No mobile signs, bench signs, vehicle signs, permanent sidewalk, sandwich or A-frame signs, animated signs or other than time and temperature signs, or signs that emit smoke, vapor or noise shall be permitted. No signs which flash, move, rotate, oscillate or which outline the rooflines, doors, windows or wall edges by illuminated tubing or strings of lights for advertising purposes shall be permitted. No sign, banner, pennant, streamer or similar device constructed of cloth, light fabric, cardboard or other like material or no whirling or similar lighting device shall be displayed for attention getting purposes outside a building, except where the Zoning Hearing Board shall authorize such a use on a temporary basis.
H. 
No sign, except removable political signs and temporary removable yard or garage sale signs, shall be placed on any tree, telegraph, electric light or public utility pole or upon rocks or other natural features. Political signs and temporary yard or garage sale signs shall not be affixed to any structure, tree, telegraph, electric light or utility pole or rock or other natural features by means of glue or other adhesive material, including self-adhesive materials.
I. 
Awning and canopy signs, when permitted, are subject to the following: (See Figure 123.1: Awning/Canopy Signs.)
[Amended 5-1-1989 by Ord. No. HR-124; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
(1) 
A minimum vertical clearance of eight feet is required.
(2) 
Projection limited to 18 inches from the curbline, when a structure is constructed at the right-of-way line, or 18 inches from the edge of any adjoining walkway.
(3) 
Any support posts must maintain a minimum separation of five feet between posts, and between the posts and any building wall.
(4) 
Signs must be made of a durable, weather-resistant material like canvas, canvas-like material, nylon, vinyl-coated fabric, or metal.
(5) 
Printing is limited to 30% of each surface area.
(6) 
Lettering attached to and located above the top of a solid awning is permitted to a maximum height of 24 inches.
(7) 
The printed area may be illuminated with external illumination, which must be focused on the printed area. Back-lit awnings are prohibited.
Figure 123.1: Awning/Canopy Signs
J. 
Under-awning/walkway signs, when permitted, are subject to the following: (See Figure 123.2: Under-Awning/Walkway Signs.)
[Amended 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
(1) 
Must be attached to the underside of an awning, canopy, arcade, or covered walkway and may not project beyond such structure.
(2) 
A minimum vertical clearance of seven feet is required.
(3) 
Under-awning/walkway signs must be made of wood, metal or plastic, and may not be illuminated.
Figure 123.2: Under-Awning/Walkway Signs
K. 
Projecting signs, when permitted, are subject to the following:
[Amended 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
(1) 
A minimum vertical clearance of eight feet is required.
(2) 
No part of any projecting sign may be more than 12 feet above ground or walkway level.
(3) 
Projecting signs must be spaced 25 feet apart.
(4) 
Projecting signs may be internally illuminated or external illumination, which must be focused on the sign face.
L. 
The total area of all window signs, unless further restricted by district regulations, shall not exceed 25% of the glass area of the window in which placed, provided that glass area coverage may be increased to 50% for a total of not more than seven days in any three-month period.
M. 
No roof sign shall be permitted and no sign shall project above the main cornice line of the building to which a sign is affixed, except in Commercial Districts, in which case a sign with a solid back may project not more than 24 inches above such cornice line.
[Amended 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
N. 
Super graphics, when permitted, shall be the sole sign or graphic permitted on a given wall and shall not be used in conjunction with any other sign on the same facade.
O. 
Time and temperature signs shall be permitted in any district in which commercial or industrial uses are permitted, provided that they do not encompass more than 20% of the allowable sign area, and provided that they contain no advertising.
P. 
All temporary signs, other than marquee signs, changeable copy signs and exempt signs and signs defined in Subsection Q below, shall require a permit valid for a specified period not exceeding 30 days. Not more than one temporary sign shall be authorized for any property during any twelve-month period.
[Amended 3-7-1994 by Ord. No. HR-225]
Q. 
The following temporary signs may be permitted when authorized as a special exception subject to the following criteria and the general standards prescribed in § 208-150:
[Amended 3-7-1994 by Ord. No. HR-225]
(1) 
Signs showing the names and/or logos of sponsors who provide financial support to not-for-profit youth recreational leagues, provided that:
(a) 
The signs are erected on property owned or leased by the league.
(b) 
The signs are not erected within any required yard as defined by the zoning district governing the location of the property where the signs are to be erected.
(c) 
Sign messages are not visible from any street or adjacent property.
(d) 
The signs individually do not exceed 12 square feet in area.
(e) 
The signs may not exceed four feet in height.
(f) 
The signs may not be illuminated.
(g) 
The signs are erected and maintained only during a period that shall not exceed the lesser of the league playing season or five months of one calendar year.
(h) 
Not more than 20 signs may be erected on or adjacent to each playing field.
R. 
The following signs are exempt from the need to secure permits:
(1) 
Decorations for a recognized officially designated holiday, provided that they do not create a traffic or fire hazard, and provided that provision is made for their removal within 30 days after the holiday.
(2) 
Official signs.
(3) 
Memorial or historic markers when approved by the Planning Commission and when not more than six square feet in area.
(4) 
Change in the copy of a changeable copy sign, once a permit for that sign has been issued.
(5) 
Political signs, provided that they do not exceed six square feet in area and are removed within seven days after an election or referendum.
(6) 
Temporary yard or garage sale signs. Such signs may not exceed four square feet; may not be erected more than seven days prior to such sale; and must be removed within 48 hours after the sale.
(7) 
Temporary real estate signs and signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers and/or artisans, on the lot on which the real estate for rent or sale is located or the lot on which the contracting work is being performed.
S. 
No directly illuminated sign may be erected so as to be visible from any historical park or be within 1,000 feet of any historical building in the Township. For the purposes of this chapter, a historical park or historical building is a park or building recognized and established as being the same by either the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the federal government or by the Township of Tredyffrin by inclusion in an Historical District or any other privately owned historical site which is recognized by a state or local historical society as having historical value.
In RC, R-1/2, R-1, R-2 and R-3 Zoning Districts, signs are permitted for the following purposes only and only under the following conditions:
A. 
General provisions.
(1) 
No freestanding sign shall exceed four feet in height.
(2) 
No freestanding sign shall be erected within the side yard required in the district in which it is located.
(3) 
Only the following signs may be illuminated and then only in such a manner that the source of light shall not be visible from the street or from any normal vantage point:
(a) 
An identification sign of a physician, dentist, District Justice, hospital and such other persons or establishments whose services in an emergency are considered essential to public health, safety and welfare.
(b) 
An identification sign of a school, church, club, multifamily use or other permitted nonresidential use, provided that said sign is illuminated only between the hours of dusk and 12:00 midnight, prevailing time.
B. 
Identification signs.
(1) 
Signs identifying a permitted home occupation or use accessory to a dwelling, provided that such signs whether erected as wall signs or freestanding signs do not exceed two square feet in total area and that not more than one such sign is erected on, adjacent to or facing each street frontage of any property in single or separate ownership and that such sign is located on the same property as the use to which it relates. Such sign shall not be illuminated except as provided in § 208-124A(3) above.
(2) 
Signs identifying a school, college, church, hospital, sanitarium, municipal building, farm club or other permitted use other than a dwelling or a use accessory to a dwelling, provided that such signs whether erected as wall signs or freestanding signs do not exceed a total area along any one street equal to one square foot for every 10 linear feet of street frontage or 24 square feet, whichever is less.
C. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
Directional signs may be erected only in conjunction with a school, college, church, hospital, sanitarium, municipal building, farm, club or other permitted use other than a dwelling or use accessory to a dwelling and may be erected only on the lot to which it relates.
(2) 
No directional sign may exceed four square feet in area, except those directional signs erected within a unified development area in accordance with § 208-130 hereof.
D. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
Signs giving notice of the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are removed within 14 days of the signing of an agreement of real estate sale or rental.
(2) 
Signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers or artisans performing work on the property upon which the sign is erected, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are erected and maintained only during the period that such persons are performing work on the premises upon which the sign or signs are erected.
[Amended 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
In R-4 Residence and PA Planned Apartment Districts, signs are permitted for the following purposes only and only under the following conditions:
A. 
General provisions:
(1) 
No freestanding sign shall exceed six feet in height.
(2) 
No wall sign or projecting sign may be placed above the first floor of the building upon which it is attached.
(3) 
No freestanding sign shall be erected within the side yard required in the district in which it is located.
(4) 
Signs permitted in these districts may be illuminated by indirect light only and only between the hours of dusk and 12:00 midnight, prevailing time, except that identification signs of physicians, dentists, District Justices, hospitals and such other persons or establishments whose services in an emergency are considered essential to public health, safety and welfare may be illuminated without time restriction.
B. 
Identification signs.
(1) 
Signs identifying a permitted home occupation or use accessory to a dwelling, provided that such signs whether erected as wall signs or freestanding signs do not exceed two square feet in total area and that not more than one such sign is erected on, adjacent to or facing each street frontage of any property in single or separate ownership and that such sign is located on the same property as the use to which it relates. Such sign shall not be illuminated except as provided in § 208-125A(4) above.
(2) 
Signs identifying a school, college, church, hospital, sanitarium, municipal building, farm, club or other permitted use other than a dwelling or a use accessory to a dwelling, provided that such signs whether erected as wall signs or freestanding signs do not exceed a total area along any one street equal to one square foot for every 10 linear feet of street frontage or 24 square feet, whichever is less.
(3) 
Signs identifying a residential use:
(a) 
Freestanding signs identifying a residential complex as an entity, limited to one such sign placed on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts, and provided that no such sign shall exceed 20 square feet in area.
(b) 
Wall signs or projecting signs identifying the building upon which it is placed, provided that not more than one such sign is placed upon any building and that the total area of any such sign shall not exceed four square feet.
(4) 
Signs identifying an office use:
(a) 
Freestanding signs identifying an office building, limited to one such sign placed on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts, and provided that no such sign shall exceed 24 square feet in area. In addition to the foregoing, in the case of a complex of three or more office buildings constructed, operated and identified as unified project, one freestanding sign identifying the complex as an entity and not bearing the name of any single user or one directory sign containing the names of the users of the individual buildings, may be erected at up to two main entrances to the complex, provided that no such sign shall exceed 20 square feet in area.
(b) 
Wall signs identifying the building or user of the building upon which it is placed, provided that no more than one such sign is placed upon any building and that the total area of any such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
C. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
Directional signs may be erected only in conjunction with a school, college, church, hospital, sanitarium, municipal building, farm, club, office building, residential complex or other permitted use other than a single-family detached dwelling or use accessory thereto and may be erected only on the lot to which it relates.
(2) 
No directional sign may exceed four square feet in area, except those directional signs erected within a unified development area in accordance with § 208-130 hereof.
D. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
Signs giving notice of the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are removed within 14 days of the signing of an agreement of real estate sale or rental.
(2) 
Signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers or artisans performing work on the property upon which the sign is erected, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are erected and maintained only during the period that such persons are performing work on the premises upon which the sign or signs are erected.
[Amended 2-9-1987 by Ord. No. HR-107; 5-1-2006 by Ord. No. HR-348; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
In the C-1 and C-2 Districts the following signs are permitted:
A. 
Freestanding signs.
(1) 
No more than one freestanding sign is permitted per street frontage. One additional freestanding sign is permitted along any street frontage of 300 feet or more.
(2) 
Freestanding signs are limited to the following dimensions:
(a) 
In the C-1 District, freestanding signs are limited to 20 feet in height and 40 square feet in area.
(b) 
In the C-2 District, freestanding signs are limited to 25 feet in height and 50 square feet in area.
(3) 
Freestanding signs must be installed 10 feet from any lot line.
B. 
Wall signs. One square foot of sign area is permitted per linear foot of the building facade where the sign is to be installed, with a maximum of 40 square feet permitted.
[Amended 12-7-2015 by Ord. No. HR-412]
C. 
Projecting signs.
(1) 
One projecting sign is permitted per establishment with frontage on the right-of-way.
(2) 
Projecting signs are limited to the following dimensions:
(a) 
In the C-1 District, projecting signs are limited to 12 square feet in area.
(b) 
In the C-2 District, projecting signs are limited to 20 square feet in area.
D. 
Awning and canopy signs. Awning and canopy signs are permitted for all ground floor establishments.
E. 
Under-awning/walkway signs.
(1) 
One sign is permitted per business establishment with frontage on the right-of-way or walkway.
(2) 
Under-awning/walkway signs are limited to a maximum of six square feet in sign area.
F. 
Identification signs. Identification signs in conjunction with a residential or other noncommercial use are subject to the provisions of § 208-125B.
G. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
Directional signs may contain no advertising and must be erected only upon the lot to which it relates.
(2) 
No directional sign may exceed four square feet in area, except those directional signs erected within a unified development area in accordance with § 208-130.
H. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
Signs giving notice of the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are removed within 14 days of the signing of an agreement of real estate sale or rental.
(2) 
Signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers or artisans performing work on the property upon which the sign is erected, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are erected and maintained only during the period that such persons are performing work on the premises upon which the sign or signs are erected.
I. 
Permitted illumination. Freestanding, wall, and projecting signs may be internally or externally illuminated. Awning and canopy signs may be externally illuminated and all lighting must be directed onto the printed area of the awning or canopy.
[Amended 3-18-1985 by Ord. No. HR-90; 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399]
In the O, LI, and PIP Districts, the following signs are permitted:
A. 
Freestanding signs.
(1) 
No more than one freestanding sign is permitted per street frontage. One additional freestanding sign is permitted along any street frontage of 300 feet or more. However, in the case of a complex of three or more office buildings constructed, operated, and identified as a unified project, one additional freestanding sign identifying the complex as an entity or a directory sign containing the names of the users of the individual buildings may be erected at each entrance to the complex.
(2) 
Freestanding signs are limited to six feet in height and 32 square feet in area.
(3) 
Freestanding signs must be installed 10 feet from any lot line.
B. 
Wall signs. One square foot of sign area is permitted per linear foot of the building facade where the sign is to be installed, with a minimum of 40 square feet permitted.
C. 
Building skyline identification wall sign. (See Figure 127.1: Building Skyline Identification Sign.)
(1) 
Building skyline identification wall signs are permitted only for structures of 40 feet or more in height.
(2) 
The size of the building skyline identification wall sign is limited to one square foot per linear foot of the facade where it is mounted, to a maximum size of 150 square feet.
(3) 
The building skyline identification wall signs must be placed within the top 15 feet of the structure and cannot cover any fenestration or architectural features. Such signs may project up to 24 inches above the roofline, but must be designed as a wall sign and cannot be mounted on the roof.
(4) 
Additional sign area from general wall sign permissions cannot be added to the permitted sign area for building skyline identification wall signs.
Figure 127.1: Building Skyline Identification Sign
D. 
Awning and canopy signs. Awning and canopy signs are permitted for any ground floor retail or restaurant establishment.
E. 
Identification signs. Identification signs in conjunction with a residential or other noncommercial use are subject to the provisions of § 208-125B.
F. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
A directional sign may contain no advertising and must be erected only upon the lot to which it relates.
(2) 
No directional sign may exceed four square feet in area, except those directional signs erected within a unified development area in accordance with § 208-130.
G. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
Signs giving notice of the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are removed within 14 days of the signing of an agreement of real estate sale or rental.
(2) 
Signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers or artisans performing work on the property upon which the sign is erected, provided that:
(a) 
The area of such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(b) 
Not more than one such sign shall be erected on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts.
(c) 
Such signs are erected and maintained only during the period that such persons are performing work on the premises upon which the sign or signs are erected.
H. 
Permitted illumination. Freestanding, wall, and building skyline identification signs may be internally or externally illuminated. Awning and canopy signs may be externally illuminated and all lighting must be directed onto the printed area of the awning or canopy.
[Amended 5-1-1989 by Ord. No. HR-124; 9-10-2007 by Ord. No. HR-360]
In TD Transit Districts and TCD Town Center Districts, signs are permitted for the following purposes only and only under the following conditions:
A. 
Business identification signs.
(1) 
Freestanding signs. Not more than one freestanding sign may be placed on, adjacent to or facing each street upon which the property fronts. In the case of a shopping center or group of four or more commercial uses on a single lot with more than 300 linear feet of frontage on a street, two freestanding signs, indicating only the name of the center and individual uses therein may be placed on, adjacent to or facing said street. In no case shall the total area of all such signs on any single sign pylon exceed 40 square feet.
(a) 
No freestanding sign may be erected closer than 10 feet to any side property line.
(b) 
The topmost edge of freestanding signs shall not be more than 15 feet above ground level. All other signs, including facade-mounted signs, shall not be more than 18 feet above ground level or not more than 24 inches above the main cornice line of the building on which erected, whichever is the lesser distance.
(2) 
Wall signs. The total area of all wall signs placed on or facing any one street frontage on any lot shall not exceed 10% of the facade area of the ground floor of the portion of the building which it occupies or 100 square feet, whichever is less.
(3) 
Projecting signs. The total area of all projecting signs used to identify a single commercial use or establishment shall not exceed six square feet.
(4) 
Sign design. The design and lettering of individual signs within a shopping center or within an identifiable group of retail stores shall be compatible with the architecture, landscaping and with the general signage theme if such theme has been established for the center or group. If no such theme has been established, signs shall be compatible with conforming signs of contiguous establishments.
(5) 
Special signs. Special signs such as directories, banners, super graphics and the like are permitted when specifically approved as a conditional use by the Board of Supervisors.
B. 
Identification signs in conjunction with a permitted residential or other noncommercial use shall be ground-mounted (monument signs) and shall be subject to the provisions of § 208-125B hereof.
C. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
Directional signs may contain no advertising and may be erected only upon the lot to which it relates.
(2) 
No directional sign may exceed four square feet in area.
(3) 
A maximum of two signs at each driveway shall be permitted.
D. 
Temporary signs.
(1) 
Signs giving notice of the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located shall be permitted only during the time at which the sale or rental of the property is occurring.
(2) 
Signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers or artisans performing work on the property upon which the sign is erected shall be permitted only during the time at which the work is being undertaken.
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Editor's Note: Former § 208-129, Signs in LO Limited Office Districts, was repealed 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. HR-399.
In order to facilitate the movement of traffic within a unified development area, directional and identification signs may be permitted within such development areas in addition to any other signs allowed by other sections of this chapter in accordance with the following:
A. 
General provisions.
(1) 
Directional and identification signs, except those permitted by other sections of this chapter, may be erected and/or replaced by only the overall developer of the unified development area or his successor.
(2) 
The location, size, design, copy and maintenance responsibility of such signs shall be shown in a master sign plan prepared by the overall developer (or his successor) and approved by the Planning Commission pursuant to the general provisions of § 208-136 (Special site plan review and procedural requirements). Applications for revisions to the master sign plan may be made by only the overall developer (or his successor) and shall be processed as prescribed in § 208-136 as for revised development plans.
B. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
Signs containing only the names of individual subsections of the unified development area and arrows indicating the direction thereto may be erected at the intersections of intercommunity service roads within the unified development area. Such signs shall not exceed 20 square feet in area and shall be limited to one at each corner of the intersection.
(2) 
Directional signs with a map of the entire unified development area or of major sections thereof may be erected at various locations within the unified development area. No such sign shall exceed 60 square feet in area and shall be limited to a total of two signs plus one additional sign per 150 acres (to a maximum of six such signs). Such map signs shall indicate the location of at least three individual subsections of the unified development area without special emphasis given to any particular subsection, and at least 50% of the number of such map signs shall indicate the location of every subsection of the unified development area.
C. 
Identification signs.
(1) 
One freestanding sign, not to exceed 75 square feet in area, containing only the name of the unified development area, may be erected at not more than three major entrances to the unified development area.
(2) 
A freestanding sign, not exceeding 50 square feet in area, identifying as an entity a planned office park within the unified development area may be erected at not more than three locations within the overall boundaries of the office park.
[Added 8-16-2004 by Ord. No. HR-329[1]]
Freestanding advertising signs.
A. 
Freestanding advertising signs shall be permitted by conditional use in an overlay district consisting of the following parcels: 43-9M-160, 43-10-11, and 43-11E-80. Freestanding advertising signs are also subject to the general standards prescribed in § 208-117 and the regulations of § 208-123. In the event of a conflict among § 208-117, § 208-123 and this § 208-131, the most restrictive regulation shall prevail. The applicant for conditional use approval for a freestanding advertising sign shall have the burden of proving compliance with all applicable criteria and regulations. Documents and plans necessary to establish compliance shall be submitted to the Township with the conditional use application.
B. 
Signs shall not exceed 136 square feet in area and signs and their supporting structure shall not exceed 15 feet in height, except that signs existing on the parcels listed in Subsection A above on the effective date of this section that are larger and/or higher may continue as uses by right.
C. 
No more than one freestanding advertising sign may be erected on a lot, either alone or with another principal use or uses, except that signs in excess of one existing on the parcels listed in Subsection A above on the effective date of this section may continue as uses by right.
D. 
Signs may be externally lit. Lighting shall comply with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America's ("IESNA") recommended practices and criteria contained in the ISNEA Lighting Handbook, including but not limited to criteria for "full cutoff" fixtures. Fixtures shall be equipped with or be capable of being back-fitted with light-directing devices such as shields, visors or hoods when necessary to redirect offending light distribution. All fixtures shall be aimed to illuminate the advertising copy only. All lighting shall be aimed, located, designed, fitted and maintained so as not to present a hazard to drivers or pedestrians by impairing their ability to safely traverse and so as not to project or reflect light onto a neighboring use or property. If adjacent to residential zoning districts, the signs shall be lit only from dusk to 12:00 midnight. All lighting fixtures shall be equipped with devices which automatically extinguish the lighting at 12:00 midnight.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Effect on existing advertising signs. Ord. No. HR-329 also provided that:
"A. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 208-131 of the Code, advertising signs on the parcels identified above existing as of the effective date of this ordinance may be continued and shall not be deemed nonconforming as to use, dimension or other requirement made effective by the enactment of this ordinance.
B. For the purpose of regulation and enforcement, the Code Enforcement Officer shall make and maintain a list of all advertising signs on the parcels identified above existing as of the effective date of this ordinance. The list shall be filed in the office of the Code Enforcement Officer and used to assure compliance with this ordinance."
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also renumbered former § 208-131, Nonconforming signs, as § 208-132 and former § 208-132, Abandoned signs, as § 208-132.1.
A. 
All signs erected prior to the enactment of this chapter or subsequent amendments, which are not in conformity with the provisions thereof, shall be deemed nonconforming signs. The types of such signs listed below shall be removed or otherwise brought into conformity with the provisions of this chapter in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
Temporary sidewalk, sandwich or A-frame signs, movable freestanding signs, banners, streamers, pennants and similar signs shall be abated or removed within 60 days of the enactment of this chapter.
(2) 
Signs painted on buildings, walls, fences or benches shall be abated or removed within two years of the date of enactment of this chapter.
(3) 
Any replacement of nonconforming signs, including change in copy or their structural supports and mechanical facilities, shall be made in strict compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
For the purpose of regulation and enforcement, the Code Enforcement Officer shall make and maintain a list of all nonconforming signs in the Township together with the date of the sign permit issued for the erection. If no permit was issued for a sign four square feet or larger in area, a registration fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors shall be charged. This list shall be filed in the office of the Code Enforcement Officer and used to assure proper abatement of nonconforming signs as provided herein.
No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained on any premises owned or controlled by him a sign which has been abandoned. An abandoned sign, for the purpose of this chapter, is a sign located on and/or related to the use of a property which becomes vacant and unoccupied for a period of six months or more; any sign which was erected for an occupant or business unrelated to the present occupant or business; or any sign which relates to a time, event or purpose which is past. Any such abandoned sign shall be abated by the owner or person controlling the property within 30 days of the date of abandonment as herein defined.