10.8 Flexibility and Variances
10.8.1 Administrative Flexibility
The Director of Development Services may authorize additional sign height or area, of no more than ten percent (10%) of the applicable standard, on properties where other signage is reduced or not used, to the extent that the total area of signage is less than the maximum area allowable for all sign types on the property.
(1) Requests for variances of greater than ten percent (10%), but not more than twenty-five percent (25%), of a sign dimensional standard will be reviewed under the provisions of Section 12.16.1, Compatibility Variance.
(2) Requests for variances of more than twenty-five percent (25%) of a sign dimensional standard will be reviewed under the provisions of Section 12.16.2, Flexibility Variance.
10.8.3 Total signage area formula
As an alternative method of determining the amount of on-premise signage allowable when a business is applying for certificate of occupancy for a new location, the following formula may be used as the basis for granting flexibility of size within the total signage area available.
For lots or tenant spaces of one hundred feet width or less, measured at the street, count forty square feet for freestanding signage.
For lots or tenant spaces of more than one hundred feet width, measured at the street, count one hundred square feet for freestanding signage.
Count one square foot for every foot of length, up to 100 feet, of each wall facing a street;
Over 100 feet in length, count one half square foot for each additional linear foot.
Count fifty square feet as an allowance for temporary signage.
The total allowable area of signage shall be recorded on the certificate of occupancy. Sign permits may be issued allowing the placement of permanent or temporary signs up to the total allowable signage area. Specific signs may exceed the base area standards by up to forty percent. A one time permit may be issued authorizing a specific amount of temporary signage, which may be changed or replaced without further permit, as long as the allowed area is not exceeded.
If the total allowable area of signage is exceeded, the permit may be revoked and the base area standards for signage will be enforced.