Over the course of the past three years, Councilman Henon has worked with various stakeholder groups to come to a consensus on informed regulation for non accessory signs.
Meetings with community members, outdoor advertising companies, the Nutter Administration, City Council and others have produced various drafts that have evolved from bill 130656, introduced in City Council in 2013.
At Council's Stated Meeting on December 4, Councilman Henon is offering amendments to that bill. If these amendments are adopted, 130656 will:
- Allow the owner of a non-accessory sign to maintain and replace the foundations of their signs as part of the customary maintenance of the sign;
- Allow the owner of a non-accessory sign to increase the height of their sign to maintain the visibility of that sign if a government entity constructs a noise barrier that blocks the sign's visibility;
- Creates limits for sign embellishments and extensions;
- Provides that digital signs may not be within 500-feet of residential zoned districts and that they may not face residential zoned districts within 1,000-feet;
- Creates sign illumination standards (6500 nits during the day and 450 nits at night) and requires that all signs have automatic dimming; (see: Gizmodo Explains Brightness for more on nits.)
- Requires that the time between messages on digital signs not be less than eight seconds;
- Provides that digital signs are permitted along I-95 and I-76 if they meet all of the code requirements;
- Changes the sign licensing fee and term to $1-per-square-foot, per sign face, every five years;
- Establishes new license application requirements;
- Establishes a 2-to-1 replacement ratio for new signs and digital conversions.