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    Master signage plans

    We are beginning to enforce the requirement for master signage plans that has lain buried in our town's code for several years. This is, of course, an unpopular move, but the only legitimate criticism is that we don't have an example. Does anyone out there have one or more good examples of master signage plans for multi-tenant commercial properties?

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    sorta

    It isn't codified, but for new developments (especially within our historic district, where the codified sign standards are stricter), we have started designating "allowable sign envelopes" on the elevations of structures when we issue a use permit for the development. We don't specify colors, text, etc. at that point, but we identify where signs can be located and what size they can be. The tenants then have to obtain sign permits for their signs, but we don't have to argue about location or size because that was already determined.

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    Master Sign Plan text language

    The following is taken from our zoning regulations:

    H. MASTER SIGN PLAN: New signage for any site having three or more nonresidential occupants or those wishing to deviate from the standards herein shall submit a Master Sign Plan to the Community Development Department. Such plan must be approved by the Planning Commission prior to issuance of any permit for signs. Major changes, as defined in Section 10-4-9(P), to any Master Sign Plan previously reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission shall also require Planning Commission approval.

    1. Applications for approval of a Master Sign Plan shall be submitted to the Planning Division and shall include the following:

    a. A Master Sign Plan, drawn to scale, delineating the site proposed to be included within the signing program and the locations of all signs;

    b. Drawings, sketches and color samples/renderings indicating the dimensions and sign area for proposed signs;

    c. Drawings and/or sketches indicating the exterior surface details of all buildings on the site on which wall signs, and directory signs, or projecting signs are proposed; and

    d. A statement of the reasons for any requested modifications to the regulations or standards of this Chapter.

    2. A Master Sign Plan may include more than one ground or pole sign per parcel or other deviations from the standards of this Chapter, provided that the total sign area for the site or commercial center shall not exceed the maximum aggregate area permitted in Subsection G herein, unless the Planning Commission, or City Council upon appeal, makes a finding based upon a preponderance of evidence that unique site characteristics, topography, business needs or other factors exist, in which case it may authorize greater sign area. In approving a Master Sign Plan, the Planning Commission shall also find:

    a. That the plan's contribution to the design quality of the site and surrounding area will be superior to the quality that would result under the regulations and standards of this Chapter; and,

    b. That the proposed signs are compatible with the style and/or character of existing improvements on the site and are well-related to each other.

    3. The Commission, or City Council upon appeal, may require any reasonable conditions necessary to carry out the intent of the Master Sign Plan requirements.

    4. Any interested party may appeal the decision of the Planning Commission to the City Council whose decision shall be final.

    5. Master Sign Plan Exceptions:

    a. Change in copy or content for any signs;

    b. General maintenance and repair of signs;

    c. Minor changes as determined by the Community Development Director to an approved Master Sign Plan providing that the minor changes are consistent with the intent of the approved Master Sign Plan.

    6. Application Fee: A Master Sign Plan must be accompanied with an application fee adopted by resolution of the City Council.

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    Here's mine:

    c) In the case of a multi-tenant building or premises, an individually leased commercial space shall not be considered a single premises; rather, the allowable sign area will be calculated for the whole building based on road frontage. Multi-tenant buildings: In the case of a multi-tenant building or premises, an overall signage plan for such building must be submitted to the Design Review Board under their jurisdiction ( 125-112), or otherwise to the Planning Board for site plan review. Said signage plan shall show not more than one wall sign per business within the building. The signage plan shall show the size, placement, materials, framing, graphic and design standards for each such sign and the assemblage thereof proposed within said allowable maximum sign area, together with proposed lighting and methods of attachment of all such signs. No sign shall be issued a sign permit for any building for which a signage plan has been submitted or approved that is not included in or is not in conformity with the applicable signage plan. The signage plan need not show the specific message content for any individual sign contained therein, so as to provide for change in business occupancy which may from time to time occur within the building; however, in cases where said signage plan is approved by the Design Review Board, individual sign content will be reviewed under the requirements of 125-112. [Amended 11-4-2003]

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    Thanks everybody, but I am not looking for model code language. Williston's code has actually requires master signage plans for a long time. It was never enforced, however, and now that we intend to enforce it, we are looking for example of master sign plans submitted to you by deveopers. It is not easy to find these in electronic format, but we need some examples to lay on the folks who must now (grudgingly) comply.

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    oh, I get it - sorry

    nope, don't have an example really -

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    Cyburbian mallen's avatar
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    I may have just what you need. I sent you an email. If interested, email me and I will forward it on.

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    We generally get them for every major shopping center. Our code, however, doesn't "require" them per se, but we generally "encourage them" when there will be more than five or so tenants in a center.

    We are also adopting a new sign program/special sign district for downtown to permit sandwich boards only in downtown. If you are interested in the specifics of that, I can send it to you.

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    Leesburg Virginia requires directory signs for multi tenant buildings of 3 and above. The owner of each building with 3 or more tenants must be approved for a comprehensive sign plan by the Town Council as well as the Board of Architectural Review if the building is located within one of two designated districts. Shopping Centers in town also have Comprehensive Signage Plans, I can fax you a document outlining each C.S.P. if you'd like. Remember that Town Council has the final say in the plan as well as any variation to any of the plans. We are having some trouble now with neon signs - the C.S.P. has no provisions for them but they are popping up all over the place. Hope this helps.




    Quote Originally posted by Lee Nellis
    We are beginning to enforce the requirement for master signage plans that has lain buried in our town's code for several years. This is, of course, an unpopular move, but the only legitimate criticism is that we don't have an example. Does anyone out there have one or more good examples of master signage plans for multi-tenant commercial properties?

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