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    Sign size ordinances

    Just wondering if anyone has some information or ordinances they could share in regards to sign size limitations?

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    Quote Originally posted by samraen View post
    Just wondering if anyone has some information or ordinances they could share in regards to sign size limitations?
    Sign size limitations in Eugene; Lane County; Oregon; the U.S.; a specific region in the world; or anywhere in the world? (Serious question.)


    BTW, welcome to Cyburbia. I visited your fair city several times when I lived in Northern California.

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    Quote Originally posted by Seana View post
    Sign size limitations in Eugene; Lane County; Oregon; the U.S.; a specific region in the world; or anywhere in the world? (Serious question.)


    BTW, welcome to Cyburbia. I visited your fair city several times when I lived in Northern California.
    Thank you very much for the response. I should have outlined what type of city I am working in which actually isn't Eugene, but that is where I currently live and went to school the previous 4 years. The town I am in is one of approx. 1,000 and currently has a minimal downtown area. We want that small town feel and don't want signs to overwhelm the area. Hope this helps a bit!

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    We just modified our sign regulations to limit the number and size of signs in our business districts. Good luck. The task is not as easy as it sounds.

    I'd suggest pulling up regulations from nearby communities you would like to emulate and using their regulations as a starting point. You can also take a trip to those communities to see how their regulations work in practice. Also, don't limit your research to towns of similar size. A larger town may have a downtown district you would like to emulate.

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    You may also want to check out some old, established areas where:
    (1) the residents have been wealthy for many generations ("old wealth"), and are therefore what I call "amazingly fussy"; and
    (2) their time-tested sign ordinances have generally worked very well.


    One example with which I'm very familiar:
    Sign ordinances for the Incorporated Village of Kings Point, Long Island, NY:
    N. PROHIBITED PROPERTY USES AND CONDITIONS
    . . .
    2. Signs

    ♣ All Commercial signs, billboards or advertising structure of any kind
    displayed in public view on any portion of the property or any lot are
    prohibited with the exception of one sign for each building site, which
    sign may have maximum dimension of twenty-four (24) inches and a
    maximum area of 576 square inches, advertising the property for sale
    or rent.

    ♣ School and athletic team signs are permitted, but should be kept to a
    number, scale, and appearance consistent with the neighborhood, and
    at ground level within landscaped area adjoining front of house.

    ♣ Brick entry walls and landscaping at the entrances to Kings Point are
    community association property. The temporary display of any
    personal sign or banner, such as birthday greetings, advertisements for
    lost pets, items for sale, etc. on this property is prohibited.

    ♣ The only exception to this prohibition of signs in public areas is to
    allow for small freestanding temporary signs advising of community
    events, such as community association meetings, swim club
    enrollment etc., if prior approval is granted by the Board of Directors
    of the Kings Point Community Association or the Reserve at Kings
    Point Community Association.
    Source: pp.25-26 of http://www.kingspointca.org/doc/Fina...edArch2007.pdf

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    Get the billboards regulated if you can. I personally hate billboards and the lobby they have in my state.

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    Quote Originally posted by samraen View post
    Just wondering if anyone has some information or ordinances they could share in regards to sign size limitations?
    We only permit-by-right signs at the location of the business. Off-premise signs require review. Sign size is calculated as follows: 1.2 square feet per foot of building frontage of signage for the first 25 feet of building frontage and one square foot of signage per feet 26-50 of building frontage. So, a building with 25 feet of frontage is allowed 30 square feet of signage. A business with 50 feet of frontage is allowed 55 feet of signage.

    That is the formula more or less, I may have gotten some of my multipliers wrong.

    I hate dealing with our sign code.

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    Free E-Code Library

    samraen, are you familiar with it?
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