Chapter 18.20
RESIDENTIAL ZONES

Sections:

18.20.010    Intent.

18.20.020    Land use table.

18.20.030    Development requirements for principal and accessory uses.

18.20.040    Off-street parking requirements.

18.20.050    Residential sign and advertising devices.

18.20.010 Intent.

(a)    RR Zone – Rural Residential Zone. The RR zone is established to provide borough residents with greater variety in the sizes of lots available for residential development. The RR zone will provide for the retention of large lot sizes for residents who prefer the rural lifestyle associated with very low density residential development, as well as provide for more effective on-site sewage treatment. The principal use permitted in the RR zone is limited to a single one-family dwelling unit per lot.

(b)    RS Zone – Suburban Residential Zone. The RS zone is established to allow single-family and two-family residential structures in areas where larger lots are desirable. The RS zone is intended to encourage low density residential development while at the same time protecting the environmental features which add to the desirability of suburban residential living.

(c)    RL Zone – Low Density Residential Zone. The RL zone is established to provide for residential development in outlying and rural areas in a form which creates a stable and satisfying environment which is suitable for family life. The specific intent in establishing this zone is:

(1)    To separate residential structures to an extent which will:

a.    Preserve the rural, open quality of the environment;

b.    Prevent health hazards in areas not served by public water and sewer.

(2)    To prohibit uses which would:

a.    Violate the residential character of the environment;

b.    Generate heavy traffic in predominantly residential areas.

(d)    RN Zone – Neighborhood Residential Zone. The RN zone is established to provide for areas where a predominantly suburban residential neighborhood development is desirable, and public sewer facilities or common marine outfalls are available, allowing for smaller lots than low density but still large enough to maintain the privacy and extra yard space desirable for family-oriented residential development. This zone is intended for new subdivisions of five acres or more. Nonresidential uses are permitted or prohibited on the basis of their compatibility with the residential character of the neighborhood. Accessory structures not subordinate or in character with residential use are prohibited.

(e)    RM Zone – Medium Density Residential Zone. The RM zone is established to provide for areas where a predominantly medium density residential development is desirable. Nonresidential uses are permitted or prohibited on the basis of their compatibility with the residential character of the environment.

(f)    RH Zone – High Density Residential Zone. The RH zone is established to provide for areas where a predominantly high density residential development is desirable. Nonresidential uses are permitted or prohibited on the basis of their compatibility with the residential character of the environment. [Ord. No. 1726, §1, 8-4-14.]

18.20.020 Land use table.

(a)    The land use table provides a list of uses and the corresponding zoning classifications where the use is categorized as either accessory, permitted, permitted with standards or as a conditional use. Any use or structure not listed under permitted, accessory, permitted with standards or conditional uses shall be prohibited.

(b)    Accessory Uses (A). Accessory uses customarily incidental and clearly subordinate to permitted principal, conditional, and permitted with standards uses are listed in the land use table with an “A.” These uses are allowed if they comply with the development standards, other standards of this title, are on the same parcel as the permitted use they are accessory to, and do not create a hazard or nuisance.

(c)    Permitted Uses (P). Uses permitted in the residential zones are listed in the land use table with a “P.” These uses are allowed if they comply with the development standards and other standards of this title.

(d)    Permitted with Standards (P/S). Uses permitted that are subject to specific limitations that are listed in Chapter 18.45 KGBC for the particular use and the specific review process outlined in Chapter 18.55 KGBC are listed in the land use table with a “P/S.” These uses are also subject to the development standards and other standards of this title.

(e)    Conditional Uses (C). Uses that are allowed if approved through the conditional use review process are listed in the land use table with a “C.” These uses are allowed provided they comply with the conditional use approval criteria for that use, the development standards and other standards of this title, the conditional use review procedure and review criteria, and specific conditional use standards as stated in KGBC 18.55.050 and Chapter 18.50 KGBC, respectively.

(f)    Prohibited Uses (X). Uses listed in the land use table with an “X” are prohibited as principal, conditional, or Permitted with Standards uses, but can be allowed as Accessory uses to specific permitted uses. Also prohibited is any use or structure not listed under permitted principal, accessory or conditional uses.

(g)    Land Use Table.

Use Listing

RR

RS

RL

RN

RM

RH

A = Accessory C = Conditional2 P = Permitted3 P/S = Permitted with standards3 X = Prohibited

Accessory dwelling units provided that they do not increase the total density to more than two families6

X

C

C

C

C

X

Accessory uses such as garages, sheds, decks, greenhouses, play areas, and off-street parking

A

A

A

A

A

A

All tax-exempt uses4

X

X

C

C

C

C

Art galleries

X

X

X

X

C

X

Boarding and rooming houses except for dormitories owned and operated in connection with an industrial activity

X

X

X

X

X

P

Boarding kennels operated as an accessory use to a veterinary clinic5

X

C

X

X

X

X

Boathouses

A

A

A

A

A

A

Children’s homes and orphanages

X

X

X

C

C

X

Churches

X

C

C

C

C

X

Cluster subdivision

P/S

P/S

P/S

X

X

X

Commercial day cares and preschools

C

C

C

C

C

C

Commercial mobile buildings on construction sites8,18

C

C

C

C

C

C

Commercial parking areas and expansion of existing business structures in cases where the side of a lot in an RH zone abuts upon a lot in a CC or CG zone

X

X

X

X

X

C21

Community and recreational clubs

X

C

C

C

C

X

Community facilities

X

C

C

C

C

X

Convents

X

X

X

X

C

X

Cottage industries16

C

C

C

C

C

X

Funeral and mortuary establishments, and cemeteries and related uses

X

X

X

X

C

X

Garden stand

C

C

C

C

C

C

Hobby garden22

A

A

A

A

A

A

Home occupations7

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

Hospitals and sanitariums

X

X

X

X

C

X

Hot-mix asphalt plants and concrete batch plants, related machinery and materials, and stockpiling and storage of related materials and machinery

C

C

C

C

C

C

Keeping of animals solely for the personal, noncommercial use of the owner or occupant of the lot on which the animals are located; provided, that no pen, coop, stable, corral, or other animal structures or enclosures shall be located within a required front, side, or rear yard

A

A

A

A

A

A

Libraries

C

X

X

X

C

X

Marijuana cultivation facility

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marijuana cultivation facility, limited

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marijuana establishment

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marijuana product manufacturing facility

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marijuana retail store

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marijuana testing facility

X

X

X

X

X

X

Marinas

C

C

C

C

C

X

Mobile building parks and accessory mobile building sales lots and travel trailer spaces9

X

X

C

C

C

X

Mobile buildings on residential lots8, 18

C

C

C

C

C

C

Mortuaries19

X

X

X

X

X

P/S

Multifamily group housing developments20

X

X

C

C

X

P

Multiple-family dwellings

X

X

X

X

X

P

Museums

X

X

X

X

C

X

Natural resource extraction and/or natural resource processing1

C

C

C

C

C

C

Noncommercial telecommunications antennas which are attached to a permitted structure10

A

A

A

A

A

A

Non-tax-exempt private clubs, lodges, and fraternal societies except those whose chief activity is customarily carried on as a business19

X

X

X

X

X

P/S

Nursing homes, homes for the aged, and convalescent homes

X

X

X

C

C

X

Police and fire protection facilities

C

X

X

X

X

X

Professional-medical and dental clinics (occupied by 10 or fewer persons)

X

X

X

X

C

X

Professional offices with a gross floor area of 1,000 square feet or less19

X

X

X

X

X

P/S

Public utility facilities

C

C

C

C

C

X

Residential garden23

A

A

A

A

A

A

Residential kennels11

C

X

C

C

C

X

Residential mobile buildings on construction sites8, 18

C

C

C

C

C

C

Schools, elementary and secondary

C

C

C

C

C

X

Schools, private

X

X

C

C

C

X

Schools, public

X

C

C

C

C

X

Single one-family dwelling unit

P

P

P

P

P

P

Site development associated with development for which a zoning permit has been issued

A

A

A

A

A

A

Telecommunications facilities12

C

C

C

X

C

X

Temporary uses and buildings13

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

Townhouse dwellings14

X

X

X

X

X

P/S

Triplex dwellings

X

X

C

X

C

P

Twinhouse dwellings15

X

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

P/S

Two-family dwellings

X

P

P

P

P

P

Veterinary clinics

X

C

X

X

X

X

 

1 = These uses are conditional uses that must meet the additional specific standards found within KGBC 18.50.120.

2 = Conditional use permit process is outlined in KGBC 18.55.050.

3 = Permitted uses and permitted uses with standards are established through the zoning permit process, which is outlined in KGBC 18.55.020.

4 = Tax exempt uses have additional conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.160.

5 = Boarding kennels operated as an accessory use to a veterinary clinic are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.030.

6 = Accessory dwelling units are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.020.

7 = Home occupations are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.020.

8 = Mobile buildings on residential lots are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.55.050(e)(3).

9 = Mobile building parks, accessory mobile building sales, and travel trailer spaces are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.100, except as provided in the MBR zone as described in Chapter 18.40 KGBC.

10 = (a) As Accessory Uses. Noncommercial antennas 15 feet in height or less above rooflines in residential zones and commercial or public use antennas 30 feet in height or less above rooflines in nonresidential zones are allowed as accessory uses to an existing structure in all zones without a permit. This exemption includes:

(1) Any satellite earth station antenna six feet in diameter or less which is located in nonresidential zones; or

(2) Any satellite earth station reception antenna 4.5 feet or less in diameter, regardless of zoning category.

(b) Existing Facilities. Legal nonconforming towers may be structurally altered to carry additional antennas, provided:

(1) Height is not increased;

(2) The proposed changes do not adversely affect the use and the enjoyment of adjacent properties;

(3) The design standards of KGBC 18.50.170(b)(1), (2), (3), and (7) can be met;

(4) Plans are reviewed and approved by the borough and other relevant agencies.

(c) Any tower or antenna which is not used for three years shall be removed along with any associated above-ground facilities within 90 days of said three years unless an extension is approved by the planning commission prior to the expiration of said 90 days. Failure to remove a tower or antenna as provided by this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance and the borough may seek abatement of the nuisance at the property owner’s expense.

11 = Residential kennels are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.140.

12 = Telecommunications facilities are subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.170.

13 = Temporary uses and buildings are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.040.

14 = Townhouse dwellings are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.050.

15 = Twinhouse dwellings are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.060.

16 = Cottage industry conditional use permits are only applicable within the Cottage Industry Overlay and subject to the standards found within KGBC 18.40.030(a).

17 = Cluster subdivisions are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.070.

18 = Except where prohibited within the MBR zone as described in Chapter 18.40 KGBC and allowed without a conditional use permit within the MBU zone as described in Chapter 18.40 KGBC.

19 = These uses are permitted uses that must meet specific standards found within KGBC 18.45.030.

20 = Multifamily group housing is subject to specific conditional use permit standards found within KGBC 18.50.110.

21 = These uses are conditional uses that must meet the additional specific standards found within KGBC 18.50.040.

22 = Hobby gardens are allowed without a permit, except that structures not exempt under KGBC 18.55.020(d) must be permitted as required in this title.

23 = Residential gardens are allowed without a permit, except that structures not exempt under KGBC 18.55.020(d) must be permitted as required in this title.

 

[Ord. No. 1857, §2, 6-4-18; Ord. No. 1782SA, §3, 12-21-15; Ord. No. 1726, §1, 8-4-14.]

18.20.030 Development requirements for principal and accessory uses.

Development Requirements Table. The following table provides the development requirements for the residential zoning districts. This table also provides special requirements and exceptions for development within residential zoning districts.

Development Requirement

RR

RS5

RL

RN3

RM

RH

FY = Front Yard SY = Side Yard RY = Rear Yard NA = Not Applicable

Minimum Lot Area (s.f.)

50,0004

25,0004

15,0004

10,000

5,000

5,000

Minimum Lot Width (ft.)

1604

1104

1004

75

50

50

Minimum Yards (ft.)6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

FY = 254

FY = 154

FY = 154

FY = 15

FY = 10

FY = 10

SY = 304

SY = 154

SY = 154

SY = 10

SY = 5

SY = 5

RY = 604

RY = 204

RY= 204

RY = 20

RY = 15

RY = 52

Maximum Lot Coverage

25%

50%

50%

50%

50%

NA

Maximum Height (ft.)1

30

30

30

30

30

30

Minimum Usable Yard Area per Dwelling Unit

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

50 s.f.

 

1 = Measured as prescribed under definitions for maximum structure height or maximum building height and grade as applicable.

2 = Except where the rear lot line of a lot in an RH zone abuts a lot in an RL, RS, RN or RM zone, in which event the minimum rear yard shall be 15 feet.

3 = Public Sewer – All lots must be connected to public sewer or ADEC approved common marine outfall serving more than 10 properties and for which a utility certificate has been obtained under AS 42.05.221.

4 = Cluster subdivisions shall have development requirements in accordance with KGBC 18.45.070.

5 = Residential development in the FD (Future Development) zone shall be in accordance with the development requirements of the RS zone.

6 = Yard Requirements for Corner Lots. On a corner lot in any residential district, nothing shall be erected, placed, planted or allowed to grow more than 2.5 feet in height within the triangular area formed by the street lines of such corner lots and a straight line joining points along said street lines 10 feet distant from the point of intersection.

7= Stairways, landings and parking decks in required yards:

(a) Open, uncovered stairs providing access to any principal building or accessory may be built in required residential yards subject to the following limitations:

(1) Stair width may not exceed 60 inches including treads, stringers, balusters, railings, and supporting structures; and

(2) Landings, within required yards, may not be larger than 120 inches by 60 inches; and

(b) Open, uncovered decks providing required off-street parking or access to required off-street parking may be built in required residential front yards, subject to any development requirements placed on the adjacent right-of-way. Any portion of a parking deck or parking access deck that is over 1 foot above grade must have a barrier to prevent vehicles from accidentally driving off the deck onto a non-drivable surface.

8 = Fences. A fence may be constructed up to the property line, including within the yard setbacks, in the FD and all residential zones, provided the fence is not higher, measuring from the lot elevation abutting the fence, than eight feet, except a fence height of 12 feet is permitted for tennis courts, basketball courts, and similar athletic uses, and also excepting that on a corner lot in any residential district, fences shall be limited to 2.5 feet in height within the triangular area formed by the street lines of such corner lots and a straight line joining points along said street lines 10 feet distant from the point of intersection unless the fence is constructed of such type and material as to not obstruct full vision through the fence.

9 = Yard Setbacks in Residential Zones that Abut Water. Lot lines that separate the lot from saltwater shall have no required yards.

10 = Yard Setbacks for Small Accessory Buildings. One story (maximum height of not more than 10 feet) detached accessory buildings used for tool and storage sheds, playhouses and other similar uses, containing not more than 120 square feet in covered roof area, are permitted in required rear and side yards in any residential zoning district.

11 = Addition Extension Setback Exception. Either a front, side, or rear required yard setback for an addition to a pre-existing structure shall be reduced by 20 percent; provided, that the axis of the addition is congruent with the axis of the pre-existing structure. The minimum setback provided for under this exception is three feet.

12 = Addition to Pre-existing Nonconforming Structure Setback Exception. Required yard setbacks for additions to pre-existing nonconforming structures shall be reduced to the existing minimum setback; provided, that the addition does not increase that portion of the improved structure within the setback required by the zoning district by more than 50 percent. The minimum setback provided for under this exception is three feet.

13 = Eaves and overhangs of any principal building or accessory building may be built in a required yard or setback, subject to the following limitations:

(a) The width of the eave or overhang shall not exceed 24 inches in width; and

(b) The eave or overhang may not conceal any habitable space.

 

[Ord. No. 1726, §1, 8-4-14.]

18.20.040 Off-street parking requirements.

(a)    Off-street parking and loading spaces are required for all land uses in accordance with this section and the off-street parking facilities requirement table.

(b)    Central Parking Area.

(1)    It is the intent of this subsection that off-street parking facilities are to be provided in the central parking area through the special assessment district process whenever feasible.

(2)    There is hereby created the central parking area comprising all of the land located within the area designated and depicted as the central parking area on the official zoning map.

(3)    Permanently maintained off-street parking within the central parking area shall be provided by either of the two following methods at the time of construction, placement, alteration, enlargement, or change in use, of any structure that creates an increase in required parking, computed as provided in this section:

a.    A private off-street parking lot shall be provided as specified in subsection (d) of this section; or

b.    All persons possessing an interest of record in the property shall sign a written covenant in such form as is acceptable to the zoning administrator agreeing not to object to the establishment of a special assessment district to provide off-street parking facilities and to pay special assessment district assessments on the property in the amounts and manner as determined pursuant to such special assessment proceedings.

(4)    Persons electing to provide parking under the method set forth in subsection (b)(3)(b) of this section shall provide to the zoning administrator a title report issued by a title insurance company showing all persons possessing an interest of record in the property and shall pay an amount equal to the recording fees imposed by the district recorder’s office for recording the covenant required by such subsection.

(5)    Commencing on January 1, 1995, and at least every five years thereafter, the department of planning and community development shall prepare an evaluation of the off-street parking needs in the central parking area, and present the results of that evaluation, and any recommendations for the creation and processing of additional special assessment districts to provide for off-street parking, to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough assembly and to the Ketchikan city council.

(c)    In all other areas of the borough there shall be provided at the time of the construction, placement, alteration, enlargement, or change in use, of any structure that creates an increase in required parking, computed as provided in this section, permanently maintained off-street parking facilities for the use of occupants, employees or patrons of such structure, and it shall be the joint and several responsibility of the owner and occupant of any structure to provide, and to thereafter maintain, the following minimum free off-street parking facilities. (Note: When a parking requirement is stated in terms of employees, it means the maximum number of employees who will be at the property at any given time, either on a single shift or an overlap of shifts. In computing the total parking requirement for a use, any fraction of one-half or more shall require more space.)

(d)    Off-Street Parking Requirements Table.

Use Listing

Minimum Number of Parking Spaces Required

Assembly, fraternal and exhibition halls

1/2 parking space for each employee plus 1 space for each 5 permanent seats. If the facility has no permanent seating, or a combination of permanent and nonpermanent seating, the parking requirement shall be based on the maximum allowed occupancy for the use. Fifty percent of the parking may be shared, and 50 percent of the parking requirements may be met by utilization of public parking if such public parking is within 200 feet of the proposed use and has maximum spaces of not less than such 50 percent

Churches, theaters, auditoriums

1 parking space for each 5 seats in the principal place of assembly

Commercial day cares, preschools, foster homes and kindergartens

1/2 parking space for each staff member and employee plus 1 space for each 1,000 square feet of gross floor area

Elementary and junior high schools

1/2 space for each employee plus 1 temporary space for every 25 pupils

Hospitals, sanitariums, nursing and rest homes

1 parking space for each resident and staff doctor, plus 1/2 space for each employee, intern and nurse, plus 1 space for each 5 beds, plus 1 space for each institutional vehicle

Hotels, rooming houses and other structures containing sleeping rooms other than or in addition to dwelling units

1/2 space per sleeping room

Mobile building parks

1 parking space for each mobile building space

Mortuaries and funeral homes

10 parking spaces or 1 space for each 150 square feet of gross floor area up to a maximum of 70 spaces, whichever is the greater

Multiple-family dwellings and other places containing dwelling units

1 space per dwelling unit up to 150 units, 1/2 space per unit thereafter

Municipal buildings, public utility buildings, community centers, and post offices

1/2 parking space for each employee, plus 1 space for each official vehicle, plus 1 space for visitor parking for each 1,000 square feet of office or display space

Office buildings

1/2 space for each employee plus 1 space for each 500 square feet of gross floor area

Senior high schools

1 space for every 7 pupils plus 1 space for every 2 employees

Single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings and parish houses

1 parking space per dwelling unit

Veterinary clinics, dog hospitals, boarding kennels and residential kennels

1 parking space for each doctor and employee plus 2 parking spaces for visitors

 

Other Requirements:

(1)    Commercial Vehicles in Residential Zones. Parking of not more than one commercial vehicle is allowed as an accessory use to a dwelling.

(2)    All parking spaces provided pursuant to this chapter shall be on the same lot with the main use it serves or on an adjoining lot except that the planning commission may permit parking spaces to be on any lot within 200 feet of the use if it determines that it is impractical to provide parking on the same lot.

(3)    Joint Parking Areas. Where two or more uses provide a joint parking area, and their total required spaces is 20 or more, the minimum requirement will be 75 percent of the sum of the requirements for the various uses computed separately.

(4)    No existing parking area and no parking area provided for the purpose of complying with the provisions of this title shall hereafter be relinquished or reduced in any manner below the requirements herein established.

(5)    At the time of application, a site plan shall be submitted to the administrative official responsible for the enforcement of this title who shall approve or disapprove the plan on the basis of its conformance to this title.

(6)    Compact Car Allowance – Residential Zones. In residential zones, and in parking lots of less than 10 parking spaces in commercial and industrial zones, the total required parking area shall first be determined using standard size parking spaces. In the event such total parking area is provided, the applicant may elect to convert up to 50 percent of such total parking area to compact car size parking spaces, and the remaining portion of such total required parking area shall be composed of standard size parking spaces.

a.    Requirements.

1.    Each standard size parking space shall be nine feet wide by 20 feet long and each compact car size parking space shall be seven feet wide by 15 feet long, exclusive of access and circulation aisles.

2.    All parking lots shall be provided with a stabilized, well-drained surface.

3.    No area in a parking lot shall be used for sales display, dead storage, repair work or any purpose other than parking of vehicles.

4.    Any lighting of parking lots shall be arranged in such a manner as to reflect away from public rights-of-way and from any adjoining residential areas.

5.    Curb cuts shall be located so as to minimize traffic hazards and shall be approved by the administrative official.

6.    In all parking lots where compact car spaces are provided, appropriate signing shall provide for clear distinction between standard and compact parking spaces.

 

(e)    Off-street Loading. Every building or structure used for business, trade or industry and normally requiring truck loading or unloading with respect to the use shall provide space as herein indicated for the loading and unloading of vehicles off the street or public alley. Such space shall have access to a public alley or, if there is no alley, to a street. Off-street loading and unloading space shall be in addition to and not considered as meeting a part of the requirement for off-street parking space. Off-street loading and unloading space shall not be used or designed, intended or constructed to be used in a manner to obstruct or interfere with the free use of any street or adjoining property. The minimum off-street loading and unloading space required for specific uses shall be as follows:

(1)    Retail business and service establishments shall provide one off-street loading and unloading space at least 10 feet wide and 38 feet long with a 14-foot height clearance per building. [Ord. No. 1726, §1, 8-4-14.]

18.20.050 Residential sign and advertising devices.

(a)    Sign and advertising devices are placed in residential zones in accordance with this section and the residential zones sign development table.

(b)    General Requirements.

(1)    A permit shall be obtained from the administrative official for this title prior to the installation of any exterior sign, nameplate, advertising sign or advertising structure excepting: those less than three square feet in area; temporary construction; real estate; governmental notices; governmental public safety signage; and political signs; provided, that such signs or notices meet the provisions of this chapter. Sign permit applications shall include plans for all signs to be placed. The plans shall illustrate sign elevations, cross sections, dimensions, placement on the site, materials, colors, and lighting designed to withstand high winds. Construction and erection of signs shall be in accordance with this title.

(2)    Signs permitted under this chapter shall advertise only the business or activity engaged in on the immediate premises. In the case of building complexes with multiple tenants, immediate premises shall be considered the actual store frontage or parts of the building adjacent to leased space. Subject to the other requirements of the ordinance codified in this chapter, one directory sign that lists all commercial tenants in a building complex is allowed per building facade, either mounted flush or as a freestanding or monument sign.

(3)    No sign shall be erected at any location where, by reason of the position, shape or color of such sign, it may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device.

(4)    No sign shall be placed within 40 feet of any intersection measured at the centerline of the intersecting streets.

(5)    In all residential zones, lighting shall be indirect and shielded from adjacent property.

(6)    Abandoned signs shall be removed by the property owner within six months of the cessation of the advertised business or activity.

(7)    Roof-mounted signs, including any signs painted on the roof surface, but excepting those mounted on a marquee or canopy, are prohibited.

(8)    Political signs up to 16 square feet each on residential property and up to 32 square feet on commercial or industrial property may be displayed on private property without a sign permit.

(9)    During a “grand opening” not to exceed 14 days, temporary grand opening signs of up to 24 square feet may be displayed on the premises in all zones without a sign permit and regulations with respect to sign area, placement, and sign type, with the exception that not more than one grand opening event may be advertised at any business location within any 12 month period; provided, that each separate business location within a multiple-business complex shall be entitled to a grand opening event separate from a grand opening event for the complex as a whole.

(10)    Temporary construction signs may be displayed without a sign permit in all zones, limited to a total sign area of 32 square feet per construction site, displayed no longer than one year, and removed no later than 10 days after completion or occupancy of the project.

(11)    Signs erected by government agencies for public safety or public notification may be erected in any zone without a permit.

(c)    Residential Zones Sign Development Table for Signs That Require a Sign Permit.

Sign Type

Number

Area (s.f.)

Setback

Illumination

Timing

Real Estate Signs1

1

3

NA

NA

NA

Subdivision Signs2

1 per major approach

50

Shall meet yard requirements of zone

Non-illuminated or indirectly illuminated

For no more than 2 years

Bulletin Boards3

1 per street frontage

20

10 feet from property line or flat against a building

Non-illuminated or indirectly illuminated

NA

Signs Identifying Home Occupations and Cottage Industries

1 per use

2

10 feet from property line or flat against a building

No lighting

NA

Signs for Nonconforming Uses

1 per property

20

10 feet from property line or flat against a building

No lighting

NA

 

1 = Real estate signs advertise only the sale, rental or lease of the building or premises on which they are maintained and are allowed without a permit.

2 = Subdivision signs advertise the sale or lease of lots or buildings within new subdivisions of at least two and one-half acres and are permitted provided they are non-illuminated or indirectly illuminated and do not exceed 50 square feet in area. The display of such signs shall be limited to a period of two years. Prior to expiration thereof, the applicant may request an extension from the board of adjustment. The sign shall be removed prior to the expiration of the two-year period or extension thereof. If the sign has not been removed, the city or borough may enter upon the premises upon which the sign is located and remove such sign at no liability to the city or borough and at the expense of the owner.

3 = Bulletin boards used to display announcements of meetings to be held on the premises on which such boards are located shall be permitted for churches, schools, community centers and public, charitable or institutional uses.

 

(d)    Elimination of Nonconforming Signs.

(1)    Existing permitted signs which do not conform to the requirements of this chapter shall be brought into compliance or eliminated within three years from the passage of the ordinance codified in this chapter, with the exception of nonconforming temporary signs, banner signs, or flashing or blinking signs, which must be removed within 90 days of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter.

(2)    A nonconforming sign shall lose its legal, nonconforming status if the sign is altered in any way in structure, color, or copy, or is substantially damaged, relocated, or replaced.

(3)    The code administrator shall order the removal of any sign erected, installed, or allowed to remain in violation of this chapter. He or she shall give at least 30 days’ notice in writing, to the owner of such sign, or of the building, structure, or premises on which such sign is located, to remove the sign or bring it into compliance with this chapter. The director may order removal of the sign at the expense of the owner of the premises if compliance with the written order is not obtained. In the case of temporary signs, banner signs, portable signs or pennants, only seven days’ notice need be given. [Ord. No. 1726, §1, 8-4-14.]