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LARIMER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes of January 16, 2008

 

The Larimer County Planning Commission met in a regular session on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room.  Commissioners Cox, Hart, Morgan, Waldo, and Weitkunat were present.  Commissioners Karabensh, Oppenheimer, and Chairman Boulter were absent.  Commissioner Wallace presided as Chairman.  Also present were Matt Lafferty, Principal Planner, Samantha Mott, Planner II, Toby Stauffer, Planner II, and Jill Wilson, Planning Technician and Recording Secretary. 

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE COUNTY LAND USE CODE: 

None

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING OTHER RELEVANT LAND USE MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:  

None

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE DECEMBER 19, 2007 MEETINGS:  MOTION by Commissioner Hart to approve the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Waldo.  This received unanimous voice approval.

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA:

None

 

TABLED ITEM:  RANCHO DE EL REY EQUESTRIAN SPECIAL REVIEW #05-Z1554:  Per applicant’s request the item was tabled to February 20, 2008. 

 

ITEM:

 

ITEM #1  AMENDMENTS TO THE LARIMER COUNTY LAND USE CODE  07-CA0080:  Mr. Lafferty explained the background information on the request to amend Section 10 of the Larimer County Land Use Code.  He explained that after several years of working with Section 10, the staff that administered sign permits had noted several items that needed clarification and had made suggestions to make the Section easier to use by business people and the sign industry.  In addition, code changes to address concerns regarding election signs and to provide standards for sign appeals for home occupation signs were included.  It was proposed that the entire Section 10 be deleted and readopted with the proposed amendments.  The following items were proposed to be amended.  Strikeout indicates items deleted from the Code; underline indicates additions to the Code, and italics explain the specific comments about the proposed changes. 

 

Amend Section 10.2 General sign regulations as follows:

 

F. All electrical signs placed in Larimer County shall bear the label of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. [Moved from sec. 10.16]

G. All electrical service to a freestanding sign that is illuminated shall be underground. [Moved from sec. 10.16]

H.  In addition to sign permits and requirements as described in this section 10.0, signs and sign structures may be subject to other applicable requirements of the county including requirements for building permits and permit requirements of the State of Colorado.  [Clarification].

 

 

Amend Section 10.3 Calculation of sign area as follows:

 

D. Freestanding signs. base measurement. The measurement of the sign area of a freestanding sign shall include, in addition to the sign face area, any portion of the freestanding sign base which exceeds one and one-half times the area of the sign face. The base shall include any structural component of the sign, including raised landscape planter boxes.  Freestanding signs with two or more faces that are aligned to each other at an angle greater than 90° shall be considered a single sign face.  [Clarification].

 

Amend Section 10.4 Calculation of sign height and setback as follows:

 

2. The nearest public or private sidewalk within 25 feet of the sign.

B. The required setback for freestanding signs shall be the distance between the nearest sign's leading edge of the sign and the edge of the road right-of-way or lot line.  [Clarification].

 

Amend Section 10.6 Prohibited signs as follows:

 

10.5. 10.6. Prohibited signs.

The following signs are not allowed in any zoning district.

A. Rooftop signs, except in the RFLB-Red Feather Lakes Business district, where rooftop signs that extend no higher than the peak of the roof shall be allowed.

B. Signs which contain any flashing, rotating, animated or otherwise moving features. The appearance of electronic or changeable message signs cannot change more frequently than once every minute.  Signs with a changeable message must remain motionless for not less than one minute.  [Clarification].

C. Strings of light bulbs used for commercial purposes other than traditional holiday decorations.

D. Wind-driven signs, except as allowed in section 10.5 10.6 (flags) and section 10.8.

 

Amend Section 10.5 Signs subject to permit as follows:

 

10.6 10.5. Signs not requiring a sign subject to permit.  [Clarifications].

Due to their small size, limited time duration, limited aesthetic impact and strong community interest in identifying land uses, locations and historic structures, the following signs may be erected without a sign permit, but shall meet all applicable standards of this section 10.0 and any other applicable requirements of the county including requirements for building permits, and requirements of the State of Colorado. These signs are not included in the total allowable sign area for nonresidential districts, as described in section 10.11. 10.14.

A. Nameplate signs. One nameplate sign which does not exceed a total of two square feet in area, per street frontage.

B. Rural property identification signs. One sign per primary driveway entrance to the property and located at that entrance, not exceeding six square feet of total sign area for properties that are less than ten acres and 32 square feet of total sign area for properties that are ten acres or greater.  C. Agricultural product signs. One sign per frontage of a property, advertising agricultural products that are produced and available for sale on the property, not exceeding 16 square feet in sign face area per sign.

D. Business vehicle identification signs. See section 10.8.  [Moved from sec. 10.8]

 

 

1. All business vehicle identification signs shall be permanently affixed, painted, magnetically applied or otherwise mounted upon a vehicle.

2. For purposes of this section, the term vehicle shall include trucks, buses, vans, railroad cars, automobiles, tractors, trailers, motor homes, semi-tractors, hot air balloons or any other motorized or non-motorized transportational device, whether or not such vehicle is in operating condition.

3. The primary purpose of any vehicle upon which a sign is affixed must be to serve a useful, current function in the transportation or conveyance of persons or commodities from one place to another, including transportation to and from work, and such intermittent delays and stops as are customary in the routine conduct of the business or activity for which the transportation or conveyance occurs.

4. No vehicle upon which a sign is affixed may be parked on any property for the primary effect of directing or attracting the attention of the public to a building, institution, product, service, organization, event or location offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same property where such vehicle is parked.

5. Signs mounted on construction trailers directly related to construction on a site shall be allowed to be located on the site for the duration of construction, and shall be removed immediately upon receipt of the last certificate of occupancy for the site.

E. Commemorative signs. One commemorative sign, tablet or plaque per property, not exceeding a total of two square feet in sign face area.

F. Crop signs. Signs identifying seed brands and varieties in use, test plots, and similar signs that are customary in agricultural production areas.

G. Daily special signs. Signs for daily specials such as menu boards, sandwich boards or A-frame type signs shall be allowed for the purpose of advertising nonrecurring daily specials. Such signs shall be limited to one sign per business and a maximum of six square feet in area per side and two sides. Signs shall be placed within 15 feet of the business entrance and shall not impede pedestrian sidewalk circulation. Such signs shall be taken in daily at the close of business.

H. Flags, commercial. No more than one commercial flag per property, where no single side exceeds 48 square feet.

I. Flags, noncommercial. No more than two governmental or other noncommercial flags per property, where no single side exceeds 48 square feet. Note that flags of the United States are not defined as signs.

J. Home occupation signs. Signs for home occupations and uses approved by minor special review shall be limited to one flush-wall nameplate sign per property, not to exceed three square feet in area per face and six feet in height, located on the same lot as the home occupation at or near the entrance to the business.  [Amended to be consistent with changes to Sec. 4.3.10.B Home occupation.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K. Noncommercial event signs (such as community event or nonprofit fundraiser signs). See section 10.7. The following noncommercial signs are allowed in all zoning districts without a sign permit, but are subject to the standards below and all applicable standards of this section 10.0. Temporary event signs that are not commercial in nature (such as campaign, election, community event or nonprofit fund raiser signs). Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed nine square feet in face area in residential and rural districts, and 32 square feet in face area in nonresidential districts.   Signs may not be placed more than 45 days prior to the event and must be removed within five days after the event.  [Reorganization: Section 10.7 Noncommercial signs has been divided into three separate categories: noncommercial event signs, election signs and ideological signs; each of these separate categories has been moved to this section 10.6 Signs not requiring a sign permit.  The language content concerning noncommercial event signs and ideological signs has not been changed.]

L. On-site traffic directional signs. Signs may not exceed four square feet per face or ten feet in height. The minimum horizontal distance between such signs shall be 15 feet, except for signs designating the purpose for which parking stalls may be used, such as for handicap parking.

M. Private sale signs. One on-premises sign per street frontage which does not exceed four square feet per sign face. Signs shall be displayed only during the sale or event specified.

N. Real estate signs. One sign per street frontage on the property being advertised. Each real estate sign advertising a single-family or two-family dwelling unit is limited to eight square feet in area per face and six feet in height. Each real estate sign advertising vacant land or development other than single-family or two-family development is limited to 48 square feet in area per face and six feet in height. Real estate signs may not be illuminated.

O. Signs over gas pumps. One per pump that is no larger than two square feet per face.

P. Warning signs. Signs with messages of warning, danger or caution such as underground utility location signs, no trespassing, no hunting, and similar warning messages.

Q. Window signs.

R. A home occupation may have one temporary on or off premises directional sign that is located on private property no farther from the subject parcel than the nearest arterial road, has a one or two sided sign face that is no more than nine square feet per face, a sign height no more than eight feet, and is in place only during allowed retail sales events.

S.   Small construction signs.  One construction sign per property on which construction is taking place, and limited to eight square feet in area per face and six feet in height.  Such signs must be removed within one week of final inspection or completion of the project, whichever occurs first.  Note that larger construction signs may be permitted according to the requirements of Sec. 10.8.

[Addition:  small construction signs are common practice for minor construction and remodeling projects.  Their small size and temporary nature makes them consistent with other signs in this category of signs not requiring a sign permit].

T. Election signs.  Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed nine square feet in face area in residential and rural districts, and 32 square feet in face area in nonresidential districts.  Signs must be removed within five days after the applicable election.  [Amendment:  the provision that these signs may not be placed more than 45 days prior has been removed.  This change is intended to ensure that the Code is consistent with recent court rulings on this issue while protecting neighborhoods.  This language has been suggested by the County Attorney’s office.]

U.  Ideological signs. Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed ten square feet in area per face with a maximum aggregate of 20 square feet in face area per lot and are unlighted. In addition, where an identification sign is allowed, all or any portion of said sign may be used as an ideological sign.  [Moved from sec. 10.7]

 

Amend Section 10.7 Noncommercial signs by deleting it as it was moved to Section

 

Amend Section 10.8 Reserved by deleting it.

 

Amend Section 10.7.10.10. Business vehicle identification signs by deleting it as it was moved to Section 10.6.

 

Amend Section 10.11 Temporary construction and project marketing signs as follows:

 

10.7. 10.11. Temporary construction and project marketing signs.

A sign permit is required for the following construction and project marketing signs.

 

A. One construction sign shall be allowed per street frontage per property not exceeding 16 square feet in area per face in residential and rural districts or 32 square feet in area per face in non-residential districts. Such signs must be removed within one week of final inspection or completion of the project, whichever occurs first.  Note that one construction sign of 8 square feet in area per face or less per property is allowed without a sign permit; see Sec. 10.6.  The total number of construction signs per property includes all such signs whether they require a sign permit or not.

B. One project marketing sign per project shall be allowed per entrance from any adjacent street and no more than two signs per project or phase of a project. The maximum sign face area shall be 50 square feet in residential and rural districts and 64 square feet in nonresidential districts and all such signs shall be located within the development.

1. Signs shall be allowed to remain for no more than two years following issuance of the temporary sign permit.

2. In addition to the sign(s) above, a subdivision temporary project sales office shall be entitled to one indirectly lit sign not to exceed ten square feet in size.  [Clarification].

 

Amend Section 10.8 as follows:

 

10.8. Temporary commercial signs.

A. Temporary signs that promote a temporary commercial event such as a sale or grand opening on the property of a principal legal nonresidential use require a temporary sign permit. may be erected on that property, subject to the following conditions:  [Clarification].

A. Allowed sign types:

1. A banner or banners that do not cumulatively exceed 100 square feet in total sign area and which are mounted flush to a building wall.

2. Pennants.

3. Balloons and other types of lighter than air objects which have no linear dimension greater than two feet.

B. A temporary sign permit is required. The temporary sign permit may specify such conditions and limitations as are deemed necessary to protect adjoining properties and the public. C. A temporary sign  The permit may not be approved for a time period that exceeds 30 consecutive days and a total of 50 days in any calendar year for each property, or each business in a multi-tenant center.  [Clarification].

C. The applicant shall remove any temporary signs on or before the expiration date of the permit. 

 

 

D.   If a person erects any temporary commercial signs without receiving a permit as herein provided, the person shall be ineligible to receive a temporary sign permit for the remainder of the calendar year.

 

Amend Section 10.12 Standards for residential districts as follows:

 

10.9. 10.12. Standards for residential districts.

The following regulations shall apply to all signs in residential zoning districts.

A. In addition to those signs which are allowed without a sign permit [see Sec. 10.6], signs in residential zoning districts may include the following signs which do require a sign permit:  [Clarification].

1. One identification sign for a multi-family complex per driveway access from the public street, not exceeding 32 square feet in area per face, and one wall sign per multi-family structure, not exceeding 20 square feet in area per face per street frontage.

2. One identification sign per entrance to the property identifying a residential subdivision or housing project, provided that such sign does not exceed 32 square feet in area per face. When such signs are placed on subdivision entry wall structures, only the sign face shall be used to calculate the size of the sign. In the event that entrance identification signs are proposed for both sides of the street at any one entrance, this "set" of signs shall be considered as one identification sign.

3. One identification sign per street frontage for a principal legal nonresidential use in a residential district including nonconforming uses and uses approved by special review, minor special review and special exception shall be allowed, subject to a maximum sign area of 20 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.  [Comment:  minor special review was established following the adoption of Sec. 10].

 

Amend Section 10.13 Standards for rural districts as follows:

 

10.10. 10.13. Standards for rural districts.

The following regulations shall apply to all signs in rural zoning districts.

A. In addition to those signs which are allowed without a sign permit [see Sec. 10.6], signs in rural zoning districts may include the following signs which do require a sign permit:  [Clarification].

1. One identification sign for a multi-family complex per driveway access from the public street, not exceeding 32 square feet in area per face, and one wall sign per multi-family structure, not exceeding 20 square feet in area per face per street frontage.

2. One identification sign per entrance to the property identifying a residential subdivision or housing project, provided that such sign does not exceed 32 square feet in area per face. When such signs are placed on subdivision entry wall structures, only the sign face shall be used to calculate the size of the sign. In the event that entrance identification signs are proposed for both sides of the street at any one entrance, this "set" of signs shall be considered as one identification sign.

3. One identification sign per street frontage for a principal legal nonresidential use in a rural district including nonconforming uses and uses approved by special review, minor special review and special exception shall be allowed, subject to a maximum sign area of 32 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

 

 

 

4. One identification sign per street frontage or per structure for public or semipublic facilities, such as churches, libraries, schools, fire stations and public recreation facilities, subject to a maximum sign area of 32 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

5. Signs for home occupations and uses approved by minor special review shall be limited to one sign, not to exceed three square feet in area, and located on the same lot as the home occupation or use.  [Moved to Sec. 10.6]

B. All freestanding and ground signs in rural zoning districts are limited to six feet in height, excepting rural property identification signs located on entryway arches over private driveways.

C. All signs in rural districts shall be unlit or indirectly illuminated. All lighting shall be aimed and/or shielded to insure that no direct light is seen upon any nearby street or upon any nearby residential property.

 

Amend Section 10.14 Standards for nonresidential districts as follows:

 

10.11. 10.14 Standards for nonresidential districts.

All permanent signs in nonresidential zoning districts shall be subject to the following standards.

A. Total allowable sign area.

1. The total sign area for all signs for which permits are required shall not exceed two square feet per linear foot of building frontage for the first 200 linear feet of building frontage, plus one square foot per linear foot of building frontage thereafter. No more than two sides of a building may be counted as building frontage. The total sign area shall include all sign faces and shall be calculated according to the standards of section 10.3.

2. For the purpose of this section, the sign allowance shall be calculated on the basis of the length of the one building frontage which is most nearly parallel to the street it faces. If a building does not have frontage on a dedicated public street, the owner of the building may designate the one building frontage which shall be used for the purpose of calculating the sign allowance.

3. However, each property shall be at a minimum entitled to the lesser of one square foot of sign allowance per linear foot of lot frontage, or one freestanding sign per street frontage of 50 square feet per face and one wall sign per business of 32 square feet in size so long as all other requirements of this section 10.0 are met. If permits are approved for signs based on the minimum provisions of this paragraph, the allowable sign area based on the building frontage as set forth above shall not be recognized as allowable sign area for the property. 

[Comment:  having more than one alternative standard for the sign allowance has proven to be confusing. In practice, businesses have chosen either the allowance based on building frontage or the guaranteed minimum allowance for each property and business].

B. Freestanding signs.

1. The total number of freestanding signs allowed shall be one per street frontage per property.

2. The maximum size per side for freestanding signs shall be 90 square feet per side. The maximum height for freestanding signs shall be 18 feet above grade. No freestanding sign shall be built within 15 feet of any interior side lot line. (See accompanying table below.)  [Moved to 4. below].

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements for freestanding signs

  Setback (feet)   

Maximum height (feet)   

Maximum size allowed per side (square feet)   

0   

8   

20   

5   

8   

27   

10   

10   

33   

15   

12   

50   

20   

14   

60   

25   

16   

70   

30   

18   

80   

36 and more   

18   

90   

 

3. The required setback of any freestanding sign shall be measured from the right-of-way line.

4.  No freestanding sign shall be located within 15 feet of any interior side lot line.

5. When electrical service is provided to freestanding signs, all such electrical service shall be underground.

6. A drive-in restaurant shall be allowed one freestanding sign per drive-thru lane, for the sole purpose of a menu board for drive-thru customers that shall not be included in the number of such signs allowed for the property. Such sign(s) shall not exceed five feet in height and 35 square feet in sign face area. Fifty percent of the square footage of such sign(s) shall be exempted from the total allowed for the property. Individual drive-in menu boards that are four square feet or less shall be exempted from the total sign area allowed for the property.

7. In order to encourage their use, the following modification of the freestanding sign requirements table is allowed for monument signs.

 

Requirements for monument signs

 

  Setback (feet)   

Maximum height (feet)   

Maximum size allowed per side (square feet)   

0   

7   

45   

5   

8.5   

60   

10   

10   

75   

15 and more   

12   

90   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Signs mounted to structures.

1. Wall signs. No wall sign or individual letter sign shall exceed 100 square feet in sign area or seven feet in vertical measurement from bottom of sign to top of sign. A wall sign may not extend above the top of the wall or parapet wall of the building to which the wall sign is attached. Signs may not project more than 12 inches horizontally from the face of the building on which they are erected. Signs that are mounted on mansards or similar architectural features may not project more than 12 inches horizontally, measured at the bottom of the sign, from the surface to which they are mounted.  [Clarification].

2. Canopy signs. No canopy sign shall project above the top of the canopy upon which it is mounted. No canopy sign shall project from the face of a canopy. Under-canopy signs which are perpendicular to the face of the building shall be deemed to be projecting signs. Under canopy signs which are parallel to the face of the building shall be deemed flush wall signs and shall be a minimum of eight feet above grade.

3. Projecting signs. No sign may project over a public right-of-way. Signs may not project more than six feet from the face of the building or into the minimum required building setback for the zone district in which they are located. Such signs shall not exceed 15 square feet per face and must be a minimum of eight feet above grade.

4. Awning signs. Awning signs shall not be allowed above the first story of a building. No awning sign shall project above the top of an awning on which it is mounted. No awning sign shall project from the face of an awning. The maximum amount of sign area allowed on an awning per street frontage shall be 50 square feet excluding banding and striping. When extended over either a public or private sidewalk, the minimum clearance from the lowest point of the awning to the top of pavement shall be eight feet. No awning sign shall be allowed to project over a private or public vehicular way.

 

Amend Section 10.15 Maintenance as follows:

 

10.12. 10.15. Maintenance.

A. All signs shall be maintained in good condition at all times. All signs shall be kept neatly finished and repaired, including all parts and supports. The building official may inspect any sign governed by this code and shall have authority to order the painting, repair, alternation or removal of a sign which constitutes a hazard to safety, health or public welfare by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation or obsolescence.

B. The building official shall have the power to order a change in the illumination of any sign that becomes a hazard or nuisance.

 

Amend Section 10.16 Sign permits as follows:

 

10.13. 10.16. Sign permits.  [Clarifications and several sections moved.]

A. A sign permit is required prior to the placement of any new sign, relocation of an existing sign or remodeling of any sign, although the content an existing sign may be changed without a permit. 

B.  No sign permit shall be required for those signs regulated by section 10.6. Signs not requiring a sign permit.

B. Electrical signs.   [Moved to section 10.2 General sign regulations.]

1. All electrical signs placed in Larimer County shall bear the label of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

2. All electrical service to a freestanding sign that is illuminated shall be underground.

 

C. Approval criteria. No permit for a new sign shall be approved unless such sign is in conformance with the requirements of this section 10 and with an approved sign plan if applicable. one is required. See section 10.18.

D.  Sign Plans. [Section moved from former section 10.18]

1. A sign plan shall be prepared approved prior to or concurrent with the issuance of a sign permit for any all permanent signs in a nonresidential districts that require a sign permit under this section 10.

2. The plan shall include a graphic representation showing a comprehensive detailed presentation of all existing and/or proposed signage for the subject property.

3. Properties and uses subject to the site plan requirement in Section 6 of the Larimer County Land Use Code may include a sign plan as part of the site plan review process.

 

Amend Section 10.17 Nonconforming signs as follows:

 

10.14. 10.17. Nonconforming signs.  [Clarifications.]

A. A nonconforming sign shall not be:

 

1. Structurally or physically changed to another nonconforming sign, although its content may be changed;

2. Structurally or physically altered in order to prolong the life of the sign, including a change from the original materials of the sign, except to meet safety requirements;

3. Altered so as to increase the degree of nonconformity of the sign.; or

4. Enlarged.

B. All nonconforming signs on a property must be brought into conformance with this section 10.0 when:

1.  a change of use, as defined in the Land Use Code, occurs on the property;

2.  a new sign is added to the property; or

3.  a change to any sign except in the content of a sign occurs on the property.

C. A nonconforming sign shall not be re-established after damage or destruction if the estimated cost of reconstruction exceeds 50 percent of the appraised replacement cost.

D. A nonconforming sign and sign structure shall be removed from a property in the event that the sign is blank or displays obsolete advertising material for a period 12 consecutive months.

 

Amend Section 10.18 Sign plans by deleting it as if has been moved to Section 10.13 Sign permits.

 

Amend Section 10.19 Definitions as follows:

 

10.15.10.19. Definitions.

Building frontage.  The side of the building which is parallel to or most nearly parallel to a public street.  aligns with a street or parking lot.  [Clarification.]

Election sign.  A sign relating to a candidate, issue, proposition, or other matter to be voted upon by the electors of the county.  [Comment: new definition; election signs were previously grouped with other noncommercial signs but the proposed revisions in Sec. 10.6 provide slightly different requirements for this category of sign; see also noncommercial event sign below].

 

 

 

 

Noncommercial event sign.  A temporary sign announcing a noncommercial event such as a community or neighborhood event or nonprofit fundraising campaign and containing no commercial content, including signs conveying a philosophical, religious, political, charitable or other similar message

Sign.  Any object, device or structure, or part thereof, which is visible beyond the boundaries of the property upon which it is located, and which advertises, identifies, directs or attracts the attention of the public to a business, institution, product, organization, event or location by any means, including, but not limited to, words, letters, graphics, fixtures, symbols, colors, motion, illumination and projected images. The term "sign" shall not include the following: 

(1) Works of fine art which in no way identify a product or business and which are not displayed in conjunction with a commercial enterprise, which enterprise may benefit or realize direct commercial gain from such display;

(2) Temporary decorations or displays clearly incidental and customary and commonly associated with national, local or religious holiday celebrations;

(3) Products, merchandise, materials or equipment which are offered for sale or used in conducting a business, along with any incidental and customary product labels on such items, when such items are kept or stored in a location which is designed and commonly used for the storage of such products, merchandise, materials or equipment; and

(4) Flags of the United States, provided that such flags are sized and displayed in such a manner that they do not extend beyond the property lines of the property upon which they are located, and that they do not interfere with utility lines.  [Comment: this corrects a discrepancy between the adopted code and what is printed.]

Temporary sign.  A sign which, due to the materials used or the method, manner or location of display; is suited only for brief display, including but not limited to those signs regulated under section 10.6, section 10.7 and section 10.8.  [Change required by reorganization].

 

Amend Section 22.2.5 Appeals from Section 10 (signs) as follows:

 

22.2.5. Appeals from section 10 (signs).

To approve an appeal from the applicable requirements in section 10 of this code the county commissioners must consider the following review criteria and find that each criterion has been met or determined to be inapplicable:

A. Approval of the appeal is consistent with the purpose and intent of this code;

B. There are extraordinary or exceptional conditions on the site which would result in a peculiar or undue hardship on the property owner if section 10 of this code is strictly enforced;

C. Approval of the appeal would not result in an economic or marketing advantage over other businesses which have signs which comply with section 10 of this code.

D.  Approval of an appeal to Sec. 10.6.J. Home Occupation Signs has considered the surrounding neighborhood context including other commercial signage in the immediate vicinity and does not result in a sign larger than a maximum of 20 square feet per sign face and six feet in height and is limited to one such identification sign per property.  [Comment: 20 square feet per sign face and six feet in height is the maximum size allowed for an on-site identification sign for a principle nonresidential use in a residential districtThe intent of this addition is to provide guidance for appeals to the standards for Home Occupation Signs.

 

DISCUSSION:

Commissioner Morgan stated his appreciation to the Staff for their effort with the Land Use Code amendments.

 

Commissioner Morgan moved that the Planning Commission adopt the following Resolution:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Planning Commission recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that the Amendments to the Larimer County Land Use Code, file #07-CA0080, be approved as follows:

 

Delete existing Section 10 Signs and add the following Section 10 Signs:

 

10.

 

Signs

 

10.1. Purpose.

10.2. General sign regulations.

10.3. Calculation of sign area.

10.4. Calculation of sign height and setbacks.

10.5. Prohibited signs.

10.6. Signs not requiring a sign permit.

10.7. Temporary commercial signs.

10.8. Temporary construction and project marketing signs.

10.9. Standards for residential districts.

10.10. Standards for rural districts.

10.11. Standards for nonresidential districts.

10.12. Maintenance.

10.13. Sign permits.

10.14. Nonconforming signs.

10.15. Definitions.

 
10.1. Purpose.

The purpose of this section is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public; to provide the public and property owners with an opportunity for safe and effective identification of uses and locations within the county; and to avoid clutter and protect and maintain the visual appearance and property values of the agricultural, residential, business, commercial and industrial areas of the county.

10.2. General sign regulations.

A. The regulations of this section 10.0 shall apply to all signs in all zoning districts including signs not requiring a sign permit, except for official government signs, street name signs and bus stop signs.

B. Signs may not be placed on or over public roads or rights-of-way, or in road or access easements, except for utility warning signs.

C. No sign shall be located to impair traffic visibility or the health, safety or welfare of the public. Sight triangle standards for signs are contained in the Larimer County Rural Area Road Standards and the Larimer County Urban Area Street Standards.

D. Any light used to illuminate a sign must be oriented to reflect light away from nearby residential properties and away from the vision of passing motorists and pedestrians. See also section 8.4.5.B.6 regarding wildlife development standards for exterior lighting.

 

 

 

E. All signs must be permanently affixed or attached to the ground or to a structure, except for those temporary signs and vehicle signs that are specifically allowed in this chapter 10.0.

F. All electrical signs placed in Larimer County shall bear the label of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

G. All electrical service to a freestanding sign shall be underground. [moved from sec. 10.16]

H.  In addition to sign permits and requirements as described in this section 10.0, signs and sign structures may be subject to other applicable requirements of the county including requirements for building permits and permit requirements of the State of Colorado.


10.3. Calculation of sign area.

The following methods shall be used to calculate the total square footage of the sign area of any sign.

A. All sign faces shall be counted and considered part of the maximum total sign area allowance. The sign area of building mounted signs shall not include structural elements used to attach or support the sign that do not contribute to the display.

B. Cabinet signs and signs other than individual letter signs. Sign area shall be determined by the outer edge of the sign background, frame or cabinet that encompasses all text, decorative artwork, logos, or other information displayed. In instances where the background, frame or cabinet is an irregular shape, the sign area shall be calculated as the entire area within a continuous perimeter drawn with not more than eight straight lines enclosing the extreme limits of the background, frame or cabinet encompassing the background material.

C. Individual letter signs. Signs which consist of individual letters that are mounted to a wall, or “race-way” type signs that consist of individual letters that are mounted to a base that is mounted to a wall, which utilize the building wall as the background, and freestanding individual letters that are mounted to a monument base shall be considered individual letter signs. The sign area of such signs shall be calculated as the entire area within a continuous perimeter drawn with not more than eight straight lines enclosing the extreme limits of the sign.

D. Freestanding signs. The measurement of the sign area of a freestanding sign shall include, in addition to the sign face area, any portion of the freestanding sign base which exceeds one and one-half times the area of the sign face. The base shall include any structural component of the sign, including raised landscape planter boxes.  Freestanding signs with two or more faces that are aligned to each other at an angle greater than 90° shall be considered a single sign face.


10.4. Calculation of sign height and setback.

A. The height of a freestanding sign shall be measured as the vertical distance from the average finished grade of the ground below the sign excluding any filling, berming, mounding or excavating solely for the purposes of increasing the height of the sign, to the top edge of the highest portion of the sign including any architectural appurtenances. For purposes of this section, average finished grade shall be considered the lower of:

1. The lowest elevation where the base of the sign meets ground level or

2. The nearest public or private sidewalk within 25 feet of the sign.

 

 

B. The required setback for freestanding signs shall be the distance between the nearest edge of the sign and the road right-of-way or lot line.

 

10.5.  Prohibited signs.

The following signs are not allowed in any zoning district.

A. Rooftop signs, except in the RFLB-Red Feather Lakes Business district, where rooftop signs that extend no higher than the peak of the roof shall be allowed.

B. Signs which contain any flashing, rotating, animated or otherwise moving features. The appearance of electronic or changeable message signs cannot change more frequently than once every minute. 

C. Strings of light bulbs used for commercial purposes other than traditional holiday decorations.

D. Wind-driven signs, except as allowed in section 10.6 (flags) and section 10.8.

E. Billboards, off-premises signs, except that a home occupation may have a temporary, off-premises directional sign as described in section 10.6.R.

F. Searchlights, whether stationary or revolving, beacons or other similar devices used for the purpose of advertising or attracting attention to a property.

G. Inflatable signs such as blimps, animals, inflatable representations of a product for sale and other inflatable devices used for the purposes of advertising or attracting attention, but not including ordinary balloons with a diameter of two feet or less that are used for temporary noncommercial displays.

H. Signs mounted to landscaping, trees, traffic signage, utility and light poles or other similar structures.


10.6. Signs not requiring a sign permit.

Due to their small size, limited time duration, limited aesthetic impact and strong community interest in identifying land uses, locations and historic structures, the following signs may be erected without a sign permit, but shall meet all applicable standards of this section 10.0 and any other applicable requirements of the county including requirements for building permits, and requirements of the State of Colorado. These signs are not included in the total allowable sign area for nonresidential districts, as described in section 10.11.

A. Nameplate signs. One nameplate sign which does not exceed a total of two square feet in area, per street frontage.

B. Rural property identification signs. One sign per primary driveway entrance to the property and located at that entrance, not exceeding six square feet of total sign area for properties that are less than ten acres and 32 square feet of total sign area for properties that are ten acres or greater.

C. Agricultural product signs. One sign per frontage of a property, advertising agricultural products that are produced and available for sale on the property, not exceeding 16 square feet in sign face area per sign.

D. Business vehicle identification signs.

1. All business vehicle identification signs shall be permanently affixed, painted, magnetically applied or otherwise mounted upon a vehicle.

2. For purposes of this section, the term vehicle shall include trucks, buses, vans, railroad cars, automobiles, tractors, trailers, motor homes, semi-tractors, hot air balloons or any other motorized or non-motorized transportational device, whether or not such vehicle is in operating condition.

 

3. The primary purpose of any vehicle upon which a sign is affixed must be to serve a useful, current function in the transportation or conveyance of persons or commodities from one place to another, including transportation to and from work, and such intermittent delays and stops as are customary in the routine conduct of the business or activity for which the transportation or conveyance occurs.

4. No vehicle upon which a sign is affixed may be parked on any property for the primary effect of directing or attracting the attention of the public to a building, institution, product, service, organization, event or location offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same property where such vehicle is parked.

5. Signs mounted on construction trailers directly related to construction on a site shall be allowed to be located on the site for the duration of construction, and shall be removed immediately upon receipt of the last certificate of occupancy for the site.

E. Commemorative signs. One commemorative sign, tablet or plaque per property, not exceeding a total of two square feet in sign face area.

F. Crop signs. Signs identifying seed brands and varieties in use, test plots, and similar signs that are customary in agricultural production areas.

G. Daily special signs. Signs for daily specials such as menu boards, sandwich boards or A-frame type signs shall be allowed for the purpose of advertising nonrecurring daily specials. Such signs shall be limited to one sign per business and a maximum of six square feet in area per side and two sides. Signs shall be placed within 15 feet of the business entrance and shall not impede pedestrian sidewalk circulation. Such signs shall be taken in daily at the close of business.

H. Flags, commercial. No more than one commercial flag per property, where no single side exceeds 48 square feet.

I. Flags, noncommercial. No more than two governmental or other noncommercial flags per property, where no single side exceeds 48 square feet. Note that flags of the United States are not defined as signs.

J. Home occupation signs. Signs for home occupations shall be limited to one sign per property, not to exceed three square feet in area per face and six feet in height, located on the same lot as the home occupation.

K. Noncommercial event signs (such as community event or nonprofit fundraiser signs). Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed nine square feet in face area in residential and rural districts, and 32 square feet in face area in nonresidential districts.   Signs may not be placed more than 45 days prior to the event and must be removed within five days after the event.

L. On-site traffic directional signs. Signs may not exceed four square feet per face or ten feet in height. The minimum horizontal distance between such signs shall be 15 feet, except for signs designating the purpose for which parking stalls may be used, such as for handicap parking.

M. Private sale signs. One on-premises sign per street frontage which does not exceed four square feet per sign face. Signs shall be displayed only during the sale or event specified.

N. Real estate signs. One sign per street frontage on the property being advertised. Each real estate sign advertising a single-family or two-family dwelling unit is limited to eight square feet in area per face and six feet in height. Each real estate sign advertising vacant land or development other than single-family or two-family development is limited to 48 square feet in area per face and six feet in height. Real estate signs may not be illuminated.

 

O. Signs over gas pumps. One per pump that is no larger than two square feet per face.

P. Warning signs. Signs with messages of warning, danger or caution such as underground utility location signs, no trespassing, no hunting, and similar warning messages.

Q. Window signs.

R. A home occupation may have one temporary on or off premises directional sign that is located on private property no farther from the subject parcel than the nearest arterial road, has a one or two sided sign face that is no more than nine square feet per face, a sign height no more than eight feet, and is in place only during allowed retail sales events.

S.   Small construction signs.  One construction sign per property on which construction is taking place, and limited to eight square feet in area per face and six feet in height.  Such signs must be removed within one week of final inspection or completion of the project, whichever occurs first.  Note that larger construction signs may be permitted according to the requirements of Sec. 10.8.

T. Election signs.  Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed nine square feet in face area in residential and rural districts, and 32 square feet in face area in nonresidential districts.  Signs must be removed within five days after the applicable election.

U.  Ideological signs. Any number of signs is allowed, provided such signs do not exceed ten square feet in area per face with a maximum aggregate of 20 square feet in face area per lot and are unlighted. In addition, where an identification sign is allowed, all or any portion of said sign may be used as an ideological sign.


10.7. Temporary construction and project marketing signs.

A sign permit is required for the following construction and project marketing signs.

A. One construction sign shall be allowed per street frontage per property not exceeding 16 square feet in area per face in residential and rural districts or 32 square feet in area per face in non-residential districts. Such signs must be removed within one week of final inspection or completion of the project, whichever occurs first.  Note that one construction sign of 8 square feet in area per face or less per property is allowed without a sign permit; see Sec. 10.6.  The total number of construction signs per property includes all such signs whether they require a sign permit or not.

B. One project marketing sign per project shall be allowed per entrance from any adjacent street and no more than two signs per project or phase of a project. The maximum sign face area shall be 50 square feet in residential and rural districts and 64 square feet in nonresidential districts and all such signs shall be located within the development.

1. Signs shall be allowed to remain for no more than two years following issuance of the temporary sign permit.

2. In addition to the sign(s) above, a temporary project sales office shall be entitled to one indirectly lit sign not to exceed ten square feet in size.

 

10.8. Temporary commercial signs.

Temporary signs that promote a temporary commercial event such as a sale or grand opening on the property of a principal legal nonresidential use require a temporary sign permit.

 

 

 

A. Allowed sign types:

1. A banner or banners that do not cumulatively exceed 100 square feet in total sign area and which are mounted flush to a building wall.

2. Pennants.

3. Balloons and other types of lighter than air objects which have no linear dimension greater than two feet.

B.  The temporary sign permit may specify such conditions and limitations as are deemed necessary to protect adjoining properties and the public. The permit may not be approved for a time period that exceeds 30 consecutive days and a total of 50 days in any calendar year for each property, or each business in a multi-tenant center.

C. The applicant shall remove any temporary signs on or before the expiration date of the permit. 

D.   If a person erects any temporary commercial signs without receiving a permit as herein provided, the person shall be ineligible to receive a temporary sign permit for the remainder of the calendar year.

 

10.9.  Standards for residential districts.

The following regulations shall apply to all signs in residential zoning districts.

A. In addition to those signs which are allowed without a sign permit [see Sec. 10.6], signs in residential zoning districts may include the following signs which do require a sign permit:

1. One identification sign for a multi-family complex per driveway access from the public street, not exceeding 32 square feet in area per face, and one wall sign per multi-family structure, not exceeding 20 square feet in area per face per street frontage.

2. One identification sign per entrance to the property identifying a residential subdivision or housing project, provided that such sign does not exceed 32 square feet in area per face. When such signs are placed on subdivision entry wall structures, only the sign face shall be used to calculate the size of the sign. In the event that entrance identification signs are proposed for both sides of the street at any one entrance, this “set” of signs shall be considered as one identification sign.

3. One identification sign per street frontage for a principal legal nonresidential use in a residential district including nonconforming uses and uses approved by special review, minor special review and special exception shall be allowed, subject to a maximum sign area of 20 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

4. One identification sign per street frontage or per structure for public or semipublic facilities, such as churches, libraries, schools, fire stations and public recreation facilities, subject to a maximum sign area of 32 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

B. All freestanding and ground signs in residential zoning districts are limited to six feet in height, excepting rural property identification signs located on entryway arches over private driveways.

C. All signs in residential districts shall be unlit or indirectly illuminated. All lighting shall be aimed and/or shielded to insure that no direct light is seen upon any nearby street or upon any nearby residential property.

 

 

 


10.10.  Standards for rural districts.

The following regulations shall apply to all signs in rural zoning districts.

A. In addition to those signs which are allowed without a sign permit [see Sec. 10.6], signs in rural zoning districts may include the following signs which do require a sign permit:

1. One identification sign for a multi-family complex per driveway access from the public street, not exceeding 32 square feet in area per face, and one wall sign per multi-family structure, not exceeding 20 square feet in area per face per street frontage.

2. One identification sign per entrance to the property identifying a residential subdivision or housing project, provided that such sign does not exceed 32 square feet in area per face. When such signs are placed on subdivision entry wall structures, only the sign face shall be used to calculate the size of the sign. In the event that entrance identification signs are proposed for both sides of the street at any one entrance, this “set” of signs shall be considered as one identification sign.

3. One identification sign per street frontage for a principal legal nonresidential use in a rural district including nonconforming uses and uses approved by special review, minor special review and special exception shall be allowed, subject to a maximum sign area of 32 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

4. One identification sign per street frontage or per structure for public or semipublic facilities, such as churches, libraries, schools, fire stations and public recreation facilities, subject to a maximum sign area of 32 square feet per sign face and not to exceed a total of two such signs per property.

B. All freestanding and ground signs in rural zoning districts are limited to six feet in height, excepting rural property identification signs located on entryway arches over private driveways.

C. All signs in rural districts shall be unlit or indirectly illuminated. All lighting shall be aimed and/or shielded to insure that no direct light is seen upon any nearby street or upon any nearby residential property.


10.11. Standards for nonresidential districts.

All permanent signs in nonresidential zoning districts shall be subject to the following standards.

A. Total allowable sign area.

1. The total sign area for all signs for which permits are required shall not exceed two square feet per linear foot of building frontage for the first 200 linear feet of building frontage, plus one square foot per linear foot of building frontage thereafter. No more than two sides of a building may be counted as building frontage. The total sign area shall include all sign faces and shall be calculated according to the standards of section 10.3.

2. For the purpose of this section, the sign allowance shall be calculated on the basis of the length of the one building frontage which is most nearly parallel to the street it faces. If a building does not have frontage on a dedicated public street, the owner of the building may designate the one building frontage which shall be used for the purpose of calculating the sign allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. However, each property shall be at a minimum entitled to one freestanding sign per street frontage of 50 square feet per face and one wall sign per business of 32 square feet in size so long as all other requirements of this section 10.0 are met. If permits are approved for signs based on the minimum provisions of this paragraph, the allowable sign area based on the building frontage as set forth above shall not be recognized as allowable sign area for the property.

B. Freestanding signs.

1. The total number of freestanding signs allowed shall be one per street frontage per property.

2. The maximum size per side for freestanding signs shall be 90 square feet per side. The maximum height for freestanding signs shall be 18 feet above grade. (See accompanying table below.)

 

Requirements for freestanding signs

  Setback (feet)   

Maximum height (feet)   

Maximum size allowed per side (square feet)   

0   

8   

20   

5   

8   

27   

10   

10   

33   

15   

12   

50   

20   

14   

60   

25   

16   

70   

30   

18   

80   

36 and more   

18   

90   

 

3. The required setback of any freestanding sign shall be measured from the right-of-way line.

4.  No freestanding sign shall be located within 15 feet of any interior side lot line.

5. When electrical service is provided to freestanding signs, all such electrical service shall be underground.

6. A drive-in restaurant shall be allowed one freestanding sign per drive-thru lane, for the sole purpose of a menu board for drive-thru customers that shall not be included in the number of such signs allowed for the property. Such sign(s) shall not exceed five feet in height and 35 square feet in sign face area. Fifty percent of the square footage of such sign(s) shall be exempted from the total allowed for the property. Individual drive-in menu boards that are four square feet or less shall be exempted from the total sign area allowed for the property.

7. In order to encourage their use, the following modification of the freestanding sign requirements table is allowed for monument signs.

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements for monument signs

 

  Setback (feet)   

Maximum height (feet)   

Maximum size allowed per side (square feet)   

0   

7   

45   

5   

8.5   

60   

10   

10   

75   

15 and more   

12   

90   

           

C. Signs mounted to structures.

1. Wall signs. No wall sign or individual letter sign shall exceed 100 square feet in sign area or seven feet in vertical measurement from bottom of sign to top of sign. A wall sign may not extend above the top of the wall or parapet wall of the building to which the wall sign is attached. Signs may not project more than 12 inches horizontally from the face of the building on which they are erected. Signs that are mounted on mansards or similar architectural features may not project more than 12 inches horizontally, measured at the bottom of the sign, from the surface to which they are mounted.

2. Canopy signs. No canopy sign shall project above the top of the canopy upon which it is mounted. No canopy sign shall project from the face of a canopy. Under-canopy signs which are perpendicular to the face of the building shall be deemed to be projecting signs. Under canopy signs which are parallel to the face of the building shall be deemed flush wall signs and shall be a minimum of eight feet above grade.

3. Projecting signs. No sign may project over a public right-of-way. Signs may not project more than six feet from the face of the building or into the minimum required building setback for the zone district in which they are located. Such signs shall not exceed 15 square feet per face and must be a minimum of eight feet above grade.

4. Awning signs. Awning signs shall not be allowed above the first story of a building. No awning sign shall project above the top of an awning on which it is mounted. No awning sign shall project from the face of an awning. The maximum amount of sign area allowed on an awning per street frontage shall be 50 square feet excluding banding and striping. When extended over either a public or private sidewalk, the minimum clearance from the lowest point of the awning to the top of pavement shall be eight feet. No awning sign shall be allowed to project over a private or public vehicular way.


10.12.  Maintenance.

A. All signs shall be maintained in good condition at all times. All signs shall be kept neatly finished and repaired, including all parts and supports. The building official may inspect any sign governed by this code and shall have authority to order the painting, repair, alternation or removal of a sign which constitutes a hazard to safety, health or public welfare by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation or obsolescence.

B. The building official shall have the power to order a change in the illumination of any sign that becomes a hazard or nuisance.

 

 

 


10.13.  Sign permits.

A. A sign permit is required prior to the placement of any new sign, relocation of an existing sign or remodeling of any sign, although the content an existing sign may be changed without a permit. 

B.  No sign permit shall be required for those signs regulated by section 10.6. Signs not requiring a sign permit.

C. Approval criteria. No permit for a new sign shall be approved unless such sign is in conformance with the requirements of this section 10 and with an approved sign plan if applicable.

D.  Sign Plans.

1. A sign plan shall be approved prior to or concurrent with the issuance of a sign permit for any permanent signs in a nonresidential.

2. The plan shall include a graphic representation showing a comprehensive detailed presentation of all existing and/or proposed signage for the subject property.

3. Properties and uses subject to the site plan requirement in Section 6 of the Larimer County Land Use Code may include a sign plan as part of the site plan review process.


10.14. Nonconforming signs.

A. A nonconforming sign shall not be:

1. Structurally or physically changed to another nonconforming sign, although its content may be changed;

2. Structurally or physically altered in order to prolong the life of the sign, including a change from the original materials of the sign, except to meet safety requirements;

3. Altered so as to increase the degree of nonconformity of the sign

B. All nonconforming signs on a property must be brought into conformance with this section 10.0 when:

1.  a change of use, as defined in the Land Use Code, occurs on the property;

2.  a new sign is added to the property; or

3.  a change to any sign except in the content of a sign occurs on the property.

C. A nonconforming sign shall not be re-established after damage or destruction if the estimated cost of reconstruction exceeds 50 percent of the appraised replacement cost.

D. A nonconforming sign and sign structure shall be removed from a property in the event that the sign is blank or displays obsolete advertising material for a period 12 consecutive months.


10.15. Definitions.

As used in this [section 10], the following words and phrases have the meanings set out in this section:

Agricultural product sign.  A sign advertising agricultural products that are produced and available for sale on the property 

Awning sign.  A sign which is mounted on a temporary shelter supported entirely from the exterior wall of the building. 

Banner.  A sign which is constructed of cloth, canvas or other type of natural or manmade fabric, or other similar light material which can be easily folded or rolled, but not including paper or cardboard. 

Billboard.  See off-premises sign. 

Building frontage.  The side of the building which is parallel to or most nearly parallel to a public street. 

 

Bus stop sign.  Signs located on benches or shelters placed in the public rights-of-way or in private property adjacent to public rights-of-way at a bus stop pursuant to a written agreement with the county which sets forth the regulations for the size, content, placement, design and materials used in the construction of said signs, benches and shelters. 

Business.  An activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of goods and services. For purposes of this section, the term “business” shall not include an activity which is accessory to a residential use, such as a home occupation. The term “business” shall include principal agricultural uses. See also “Multi-tenant center” regarding two or more businesses located on a single property. 

Business vehicle identification sign.  A sign which is painted on, affixed to or otherwise mounted on any vehicle or on any object which is placed on, in, or attached to a vehicle. For purposes of this definition, the term “vehicle” shall include trucks, buses, vans, railroad cars, automobiles, tractors, trailers, hot air balloons, motor homes, semi-tractors or any other motorized or non-motorized transportational device, whether or not such vehicle is in operating condition. 

Cabinet sign.  A sign that contains all the text, artwork, logos and/or other information displayed within an enclosed cabinet. 

Canopy sign.  A wall sign which is mounted on a permanently-roofed shelter covering a sidewalk, driveway or other similar area, which shelter may be wholly supported by a building or may be wholly or partially supported by columns, poles or braces extended from the ground. 

Commemorative or memorial sign.  A sign, table or plaque commemorating or memorializing a person, event, structure or site. 

Construction sign.  A temporary sign erected on the property on which construction, alteration or repair is taking place, during the time of active continuous construction, displaying only the names of the architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors or similar artisans, and the owners, financial supporters, sponsors and similar individuals or firms having a role or interest with respect to the structure or project. 

Election sign.  A sign relating to a candidate, issue, proposition, or other matter to be voted upon by the electors of the county.

Flag, commercial.  A flag displaying the name, insignia, emblem or logo of a for-profit entity. 

Flag, noncommercial.  A flag displaying the name, insignia, emblem or log of any nation, state, county, municipality or nonprofit organization. 

Freestanding sign.  A non-moveable sign that is anchored directly to the ground or supported by one or more posts, columns, or other vertical structures or supports, and not attached to or dependent for support from any building. 

Government sign.  A sign erected and maintained by or on behalf of the United States, the state, or a county or city for the purpose of regulating traffic or for civic purposes. 

Identification sign.  A sign giving only the name, logo or other identifying symbol, address, or any combination of name, symbol and address of a building, business or residential development, establishment or rural property. 

Ideological sign.  A sign conveying a philosophical, religious, political, charitable or other similar noncommercial message. 

Indirect lighting.  A source of external illumination of any sign. 

Menu board sign.  A wall or freestanding sign which lists the foods or other products available at drive-through facilities. 

 

Monument sign.  A freestanding sign where the base of the sign structure is on the ground or a maximum of 12 inches above the adjacent grade. The width of the top of the sign structure can be no more than 120 percent of the width of the base. 

Multi-tenant center.  One or more buildings, located on a single property, containing two or more separate and distinct businesses or activities which occupy separate portions of the building with separate points of entrance, and which are physically separated from each other by walls, partitions, floors or ceilings. For purposes of this section 10, the term “multi-tenant center” shall include buildings containing condominium units. See also “Property.” 

Nameplate sign.  A sign, located on the property, giving only the name or address or both, of the owner or occupant of a building or property. 

Neon sign.  An illuminated sign consisting of a neon or gas tube that is bent to form letters, symbols or other shapes that advertise or identify a product, business, organization or location. For purposes of this section 10, neon tubing that is used as an architectural decoration is not considered to be a sign. 

Noncommercial event sign.  A temporary sign announcing a noncommercial event such as a community or neighborhood event or nonprofit fundraising campaign and containing no commercial content.

Nonconforming sign.  A sign that does not meet one or more of the requirements of this section 10.0 but which was erected in conformance with any adopted standards and procedures in existence at that time. 

Nonresidential districts.  The A-Accommodations, T-Tourist, B-Business, C-Commercial, RFLB-Red Feather Lakes Business, I-Industrial, I-1 Industrial zoning districts, and areas of the AP-Airport and PD-Planned Development zoning districts approved for nonresidential uses. 

Obsolete advertising material.  Advertising material that has gone out of date; for example, the name of a business that no longer exists. 

Off-premises sign.  A sign which is used or intended for use to advertise, identify, direct or attract the attention to a business, institution, product, organization, event or location offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same property where such sign is displayed. 

On-site traffic directional sign.  A sign intended solely for the purpose of guiding or directing pedestrian or vehicular traffic within an establishment and not including promotional advertising unnecessary to such directional purpose. Examples of such signs include “entrance”, “exit”, “no parking”, “loading only” and other similar directives. 

Permanent sign.  A sign that is permanently affixed or attached to the ground or to a structure. 

Portable sign.  A sign that is not permanently affixed or attached to the ground or to a structure and that is designed to be easily transportable from one location to another, including but not limited to a sign designed to be displayed while mounted or affixed to the trailer by which it is transported. 

Premises.  See “property.” 

Private sale sign.  A sign advertising a private sale of personal property such as a house sale, garage sale, rummage sale and the like. 

Project marketing sign.  A sign that is placed at one or more locations within a project, which identifies the project and offers for sale or lease, as part of the original marketing of the project, the lots, tracts, structures or units within the project. 

 

 

 

Property.  A lot, tract or parcel of land together with the buildings or structures thereon. For purposes of this section 10, individual condominium ownerships in a structure shall not be considered separate property. See also “multi-tenant center.” 

Real estate sign.  A sign indicating the availability for sale, rent or lease of a specific parcel, building or portion of a building, and the name, address and telephone number of the owner or listing of the real estate broker. 

Remodeling.  A change in any aspect or character of a sign including addition or change in the type of lighting, increase in height or size, addition of sign faces or change from wood posts and frame to metal posts and frame, but not including a change in the content or message of the sign face. 

Residential districts.  The FA-Farming, FA-1 Farming, FO-Forestry, FO-1 Forestry, E-Estate, E-1 Estate, RE-Rural Estate, RE-1 Rural Estate, R-Residential, R-1 Residential, R-2 Residential, M-Multiple Family, M-1 Multiple Family and AP-Airport zoning districts; the O-Open zoning district located within a Growth Management Area (GMA) overlay zoning district of Larimer County or the LaPorte Plan Area; and areas of the PD-Planned Development zoning district which have been approved for residential use. 

Rooftop sign.  A sign erected upon or above a roof or above a parapet wall of a building. 

Rural districts.  The O-Open zoning district located outside a growth management area (GMA) overlay zoning district of Larimer County, and located outside the LaPorte Plan Area. 

Rural property identification sign.  A sign intended to identify the entrance to a rural property. For purposes of this section 10.0, the term rural property shall be limited to properties that are located outside a growth management area (GMA) overlay zoning district of Larimer County. 

Setback.  The distance, measured perpendicular or radial from a street right-of-way or property line, between the leading edge of a sign and the right-of-way or property line. 

Sign.  Any object, device or structure, or part thereof, which is visible beyond the boundaries of the property upon which it is located, and which advertises, identifies, directs or attracts the attention of the public to a business, institution, product, organization, event or location by any means, including, but not limited to, words, letters, graphics, fixtures, symbols, colors, motion, illumination and projected images. The term “sign” shall not include the following: 

(1) Works of fine art which in no way identify a product or business and which are not displayed in conjunction with a commercial enterprise, which enterprise may benefit or realize direct commercial gain from such display;

(2) Temporary decorations or displays clearly incidental and customary and commonly associated with national, local or religious holiday celebrations;

(3) Products, merchandise, materials or equipment which are offered for sale or used in conducting a business, along with any incidental and customary product labels on such items, when such items are kept or stored in a location which is designed and commonly used for the storage of such products, merchandise, materials or equipment; and

(4) Flags of the United States, provided that such flags are sized and displayed in such a manner that they do not extend beyond the property lines of the property upon which they are located, and that they do not interfere with utility lines. 

Sign face.  The area of a sign upon or through which the message is displayed. 

Sign plan.  A graphic representation showing a comprehensive detailed presentation of all signage proposed for a particular property. 

 

 

Street frontage.  A property line that abuts a public right-of-way that provides public access to or visibility to the property. 

Temporary sign.  A sign which, due to the materials used or the method, manner or location of display; is suited only for brief display, including but not limited to those signs regulated under section 10.6, section 10.7 and section 10.8. 

Wall sign.  A sign attached to, painted on or erected against the wall of a building or structure in such a manner that the wall is the supporting structure for, or forms the background surface of, the sign. 

Warning sign.  A sign limited to a message of warning, danger or caution such as underground utility location signs, no trespassing, no hunting, and similar warning messages. 

Wind-driven sign.  Any sign consisting of one or a series of banners, pennants, ribbons, spinners, streamers, captive balloons or other objects or material fastened in such a manner as to move, upon being subjected to pressure by wind or breeze. 

Window sign.  A sign that is applied to or attached to the exterior or interior of a window or located in such a manner within a building that it is visible from the exterior of the building through a window. 

 

 

Add the following Section

 

22.2.5. Appeals from section 10 (signs).

D.  Approval of an appeal to Sec. 10.6.J. Home Occupation Signs has considered the surrounding neighborhood context including other commercial signage in the immediate vicinity and does not result in a sign larger than a maximum of 20 square feet per sign face and six feet in height and is limited to one such identification sign per property. 

 

Commissioner Cox seconded the Motion.

 

Commissioners' Cox, Hart, Morgan, Waldo, Weitkunat, and Chairman Wallace voted in favor of the Motion.

 

MOTION PASSED:  6-0

 

 

REPORT FROM STAFF:  Mr. Lafferty reminded the Commission of their upcoming meetings. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

These minutes constitute the Resolution of the Larimer County Planning Commission for the recommendations contained herein which are hereby certified to the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.

 

 

 

 

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Jeff Boulter, Chairman                                      Mina Cox, Secretary

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