LAND USE BYLAWS

Sign Regulations

In addition to the other regulations of this Bylaw, the following additional regulations shall apply to signs:

 

(1) Limitations

 

  (a) Except as provided in Section 2.2of this Bylaw, no person shall erect, relocate or structurally alter or enlarge any sign, including an election sign, unless he has complied with the requirements of this Sectionand any other relevant provisions of this Bylaw, and has been issued a development permit in respect thereof.

 

  (b) The Development Authority may issue a development permit for a sign as part of the development permit for the use or the building to which the sign pertains, provided the development permit application indicates that there is to be a sign and provided further that all information requirements for a development permit application for a sign are met to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.

 

  (c) Provisions for election signs and property for sale or rent signs are provided in Section 6.19of this Bylaw.

 

(2) Information Requirements for a Development Permit for a Sign In addition to the requirements of Part 2of this Bylaw, a development permit application for a sign shall include the following information:

 

  (a) written consent from the property owner,

 

  (b) two copies of colour drawings, drawn to scale, showing the sign, any structural supports, and the dimensions, thickness, area, and colours, of the sign,

 

  (c) any animation, moving copy, or other moving features of the sign, if applicable,

 

  (d) method of illumination, if applicable,

 

  (e) mounting details,

 

  (f) the location and size of all other existing and proposed signs on the building façade or site,

 

  (g) mounting heights and clearances to grade, and

 

  (h) the amount of projection of the sign from a building, if any.

 

(3) Signs as Permitted or Discretionary Uses

 

  (a) No sign, other than an off-site sign in the Districts indicated in subsection

 

  (b) below, or a sign which is otherwise exempted from the requirement of obtaining a development permit as indicated in Section 2.2 of this Bylaw, shall be allowed unless it is accessory to an existing use.

  (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Bylaw to the contrary, except as otherwise indicated in this section, off-site signs shall be considered to be discretionary developments in all Commercial Districts, in the Light Industrial (M1) District, and in the Urban Reserve (UR) District.

(4) Procedures for the Consideration of Development Permit Applications for Signs

  (a) All development permit applications for signs shall follow the process outlined in Part 2of this Bylaw and be subject to appeal if applicable in accordance with Part 3of this Bylaw.

(5) General Sign Regulations

 (a) A sign shall not be erected, operated, used or maintained if, in the opinion of the Development Authority:

    (i) its position, size, shape, colour, format or illumination obstructs the view of, or may be confused with, an official traffic sign, signal or device or other official sign, or otherwise poses a potential hazard to traffic,

    (ii) it displays lights which may be mistaken for the flashing lights customarily associated with danger or with those used by police, fire, or other emergency vehicles, or

    (iii) it would be situated within the area regulated by Section 6.3 of this Bylaw.

  (b) A sign shall be integrated with the building on which it is to be located and compatible with the general architectural lines and forms of the nearby buildings or of adjoining developments.

  (c) Where possible, signs shall not cover architectural details such as arches, sills, mouldings, cornices and transom windows.

 

  (d) A sign or sign structure shall be set back a minimum of 0.5 m (1.6 ft)from any property boundary and no part of a sign may encroach onto an adjacent lot or a road or lane.

 

  (e) Except as otherwise specified in this Bylaw, the maximum area of any sign shall be 18.0 m2(193.6 ft2).(f)At the discretion of the Development Authority a maximum of five (5) signs may be allowed on a lot, including temporary signs and portable signs.

 

  (g) Signs will not be allowed on fences in Residential Districts or Commercial Districts.

Portable Signs

(i) Any support structure for a portable sign shall be set back a minimum of 0.5 m (1.6 ft)from any site line and no part of a portable sign shall encroach onto or overhang an adjacent site, road or lane.

 

(ii) No more than one (1) portable sign shall be located on a site.

 

(iii) Notwithstanding Subsection (ii) above, one (1) portable sign may be allowed for each business in a multiple-occupancy development provided that no portable sign is located closer than 15.0 m (49.2 ft)to another portable sign.

 

(iv) All portable signs shall be double-faced.

 

(v) No portable sign shall exceed a height of 2.5 m (8.2 ft)above grade.

 

(vi) Portable signs shall not be placed on a site so as to conflict with or take up space for parking, loading, or walkways.

 

(vii) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Bylaw to the contrary, portable signs shall not be allowed in any Residential District.