I am sorry if this is covered in another thread - I looked back about 5 pages and didn't see anything similar enough.
Anyway - we are thinking about making some major changes to our sign code and I am hoping that some of you will be able to help. We currently do not allow pole signs - only monument. We have a maximum height of 16' from grade (but will be changing this to r.o.w.), and a 1 sq. ft. per each lineal foot of building exposure. The bottom two feet of the sign must be kept free of sign copy.
The problem we are having is that everyone thinks that they have to go up to the maximum 16' height limit, so we end up with a 5-9 foot metal (cheap) base, with the sign on top. They are typically unattractive and still way too large. We were thinking about requiring that the base be brick or stone and that the base can only be 1/3 or less of the sign's height, with at least a decorative sill (to aviod the "slab" look). That way, they will still be bound by the size requirements, but may not feel compelled to or even able to go to the full 16'height. We would change our height requirements, but we feel that the bigger problem is the unattractiveness of the signs that have been proposed.
Any ideas or does anyone forsee any problems with this ordinance? This was just an idea that we came up with one day and now I am thinking about how it should be written - or IF it should be written. I woudl appreciate any comments/suggestions. Thank you!