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    Entertainment signage overlay district

    I am developing an overlay zone that would afford more flexibility for signage in entertainment intensive districts. Our current ordinance is quite restrictive. We do not allow animated billboards or signs of any kind. We want to permit large LED signs capable of delivering multimedia content within a defined geographic area (an emerging entertainment district). Any examples or experiences with these types of devices?

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    My city has some special signage areas called Special Provision Sign Districts (SPSD), which are overlayed on top of areas to allow different signage types, locations, etc. We have one especially for an area designated and planned as a large-scale entertainment area (not fully developed/some empty spaces). There's an arena, clubs, retail, restaurants, condos, hotels, and other mixed uses all jumbled up in there.

    Check out our sign regs, Section VII of the City Code. The SPSD's are at the end, and you're looking for Section 51A-7.1701 for the entertainment-specific SPSD.

    http://www.amlegal.com/dallas_tx/

    This will take you to the start of the code.

    Generally speaking, I'm a fan of the SPSD's, because you can take into account the area's location, development, age (we have on for a historic district), etc. But be forewarned - it does mean an extra layer of review. And if your sign inspector's aren't familiar with the new code, you could end up with some non-compliant signage rather quickly.

    PM me if you want more info.
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    Thanks! The development area you're describing sounds a lot like what we're dealing with. The link is much appreciated.

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