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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    Signs allowed in residential zoning districts?

    Working on our ((horrible)) sign ordinance. Right now we have office/residential listed with the same regulations. This would either give the ability for residences to have wall signage, or offices to have nothing.

    I'm thinking they should be separate, or have office go under another heading.

    So, what signage do you guys allow in residential districts? What should be allowed besides garage sale signs, real estate signs, development entry sign, etc.?

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    Cyburbian GISgal's avatar
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    Home occuaption signs less than 2 square feet mounted to the wall has been used in the last two communities I have worked in.
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    The usual stuff is exempt: the little real estate signs, garage sale signs, political signs, etc., but other signs are not permitted.

    We actually have a special type of sign that does not require a permit in residential districts. People around here love taking about 4' boulders and having their names etched into them, so that was included as a special provision so people could keep doing that.

    I would seperate offices & residential for the purposes of the sign ordinance. Do you have restrictions on signage for home-based businesses?

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    Quote Originally posted by GISgal
    Home occuaption signs less than 2 square feet mounted to the wall has been used in the last two communities I have worked in.

    Same here, only Home Occupations and maximum of 2 sf.
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    Thanks guys! That helps.

    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    Do you have restrictions on signage for home-based businesses?
    Currently we allow a 4 sq. ft. nameplate in residential areas. However, home occupations are special uses, and the PC approves them conditional without signage.

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    First Amendment signs--for those who want to protest the Communist Conspiracy (zoning).

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