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POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 32 Signs and Relate Chapter 32.34 Additional Regulations for Specific Uses, Overlay Zones, and Plan Districts
32.34.020 Additional Standards in Overlay Zones.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176469, 178172, 179092 and 185915, effective May 1, 2013.)  Overlay zones are shown on the Official Zoning Maps.

 

A.  Buffer Overlay Zone

 

1.  Where this regulation applies.  The regulation of this subsection applies to signs within the Buffer Overlay Zone.

 

2.  Regulation.  Signs are prohibited in the Buffer Overlay Zone.

 

B.  Design Overlay Zone

 

1.  Where these regulations apply.  The regulations of this subsection apply to exterior signs in excess of 32 square feet within the Design Overlay Zone, and all signs within the South Auditorium plan district.  However, signs are not required to go through design review if they meet one of the following standards:

 

a.  The sign is a portable sign, lawn sign, directional sign or temporary sign; or 

 

b.  The sign is a part of development exempt from design review under Section 33.420.045, Exempt from Design Review. 

 

2.  Awnings.  Awnings within the Design Overlay Zone are subject to Chapter 33.420.  Awnings must also meet the requirements of Chapter 32.52 of this Title.

 

3.  Regulations. 

 

a.  Generally.  Signs must either meet the Community Design Standard in Subparagraph B.2.c., below or go through Design Review, as described in this paragraph.  The Community Design Standards provide an alternative process to design review for some proposals.  Where a proposal is eligible to use the Community Design Standards, the applicant may choose to go through the discretionary design review process set out in Chapter 33.825, Design Review, or to meet the objective standards of Subparagraph B.2.c., below.  If the proposal meets the Community Design Standards, no design review is required.  Proposals that are not eligible to use the Community Design Standards, that do not meet the Community Design Standards, or where the applicant prefers more flexibility, must go through the design review process. 

 

b.  When Community Design Standards may be used.  See Chapter 33.420, Design Overlay Zone.

 

c.  Community Design Standard for signs.  In the C, E, and I zones, signs must meet the sign regulations of the CM zone.  Signs with a sign face area of over 32 square feet may not face an abutting regional trafficway or any Environmental Protection Overlay Zone, Environmental Conservation Overlay Zone, or River Natural Greenway Overlay Zone that is within 1,000 feet of the proposed site.

 

C.  Historic Resource Overlay Zone

 

1.  Where these regulations apply.  The regulations of this subsection apply to signs on sites with the historic resource overlay zone.  However, signs are not required to go through historic resource review if they meet one of the following standards:

 

a.  The sign is a portable sign, lawn sign, or temporary sign; or 

 

b.  The sign is exempt from historic resource review under Sections 33.445.140, Alterations to a Historic Landmark; 33.445.230, Alterations to a Conservation Landmark;  33.445.320, Development and Alterations in a Historic District;  or 33.445.420, Development and Alterations in a Conservation District.

 

2.  Regulations.   

 

a.  Generally.  Signs must either meet the Community Design Standards in Subparagraph C.2.c., below, or go through historic resource review, as described in this paragraph.  The Community Design Standards provide an alternative process to historic resource review for some proposals.  Where a proposal is eligible to use the Community Design Standards, the applicant may choose to go through the discretionary historic resource review process set out in Chapter 33.846, Historic Resource Reviews, or to meet the objective standards of Subparagraph C.2.c.  If the proposal meets the Community Design Standards, no historic resource review is required.  Proposals that are not eligible to use the Community Design Standards, that do not meet the Community Design Standards, or where the applicant prefers more flexibility, must go through the historic resource review process. 

 

b.  When Community Design Standards may be used.  See Chapter 33.445, Historic Resource Overlay Zone.

 

c.  Community Design Standard for signs.  In the C, E, and I zones, signs must meet the sign regulations of the CM zone.  Signs with a sign face area of over 32 square feet may not face an abutting regional trafficway or any Environmental Protection Overlay Zone, Environmental Conservation Overlay Zone, or River Natural Greenway Overlay Zone that is within 1,000 feet of the proposed site.

 

D.  Scenic Resource Overlay Zone

 

1.  Where these regulations apply.  The regulations of this subsection apply to signs within Scenic Resource Overlay Zone. 

 

2.  Regulations. 

 

a.  View corridors.  The standards of this subparagraph apply to signs within areas designated as view corridors in the Scenic Resources Protection Plan.  All signs within the designated view corridors are subject to the height limits of the base zone, except when a more restrictive height limit is established for the view corridor by the Scenic Resources Protection Plan.  

 

b.  Scenic corridors.  The standards of this subparagraph apply to signs within areas designated as scenic corridors in the Scenic Resources Protection Plan. The standards of this subparagraph apply within the street setback adjacent to the identified resource or within the first 20 feet from the resource if no setback exists.  The maximum height of a freestanding sign is 15 feet.  The maximum size of a freestanding sign is 100 square feet.  Changing image signs are prohibited. When they are more restrictive, the sign standards of the base zone supersede the regulations of this subparagraph.