LAND USE BYLAWS

GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR SIGNS

 

(1) Except as provided in Subsection

 

(2), the maximum number of Temporary Signs and Permanent Signs per Site, excluding Signs listed in Section 96, shall be as follows:

 

  (a) For Multi-Unit (residential) Dwellings, one Sign per Street access;

 

  (b) For non-residential developments, one Permanent and one Temporary sign for every 90.0 m of frontage or fraction thereof.  The Development Officer will determine the maximum number of Fascia and Directional Signs that will be allowed for each Development, which are not included in the total number of Signs allowed in (1) above

 

(3) Signage shall be integrated as part of the Building design and be complementary to the exterior finishes.

 

(4) Signage shall be manufactured to the standards followed by a professional Sign painter, have a painted finish, be neat and clean, and be maintained as such.

 

(5) A Sign shall not be erected, operated, used, or maintained if:

 

  (a) Its position, shape, colour, format, or illumination may be confused with an official traffic Sign, signal or device or other official Sign; or

 

  (b) It displays flashing lights.

 

(6) Signs shall not be placed so as to reduce the number of Parking Stalls or Loading Spaces or to obstruct the use of the Parking Facilities or loading areas, required pursuant to an approved Development Permit.

 

(7) Whenever a panel on a Multi-Tenant Sign is removed, the Sign owner shall replace it with a blank panel until such time as a new tenant requires it.

 

(8) A person shall not:

 

  (a) Attach or hang an Auxiliary Sign or other material to, on, above, or below a Sign unless otherwise provided for in this Bylaw;

 

  (b) Attach to any Sign an extension or portable device other than Sign hangers shown on the plans for which the Development Permit is issued; or

 

  (c) Make alterations to any Sign in any way, unless otherwise provided for in this Bylaw, without first obtaining the required Development Permits.

 

(9) When a Sign no longer fulfills its function under the terms of the Development Permit, the Development Officer shall notify the Registered Owner of the property and may order the removal of the Sign, and the Owner of the Sign shall:

 

  (a) Remove the Sign and all related structural components including removing or screening exposed base and foundations to the satisfaction of the Development Officer within the time specified on the removal notice;

 

  (b) Restore the immediate area around the Sign, to the satisfaction of the Development Officer, including the ground or any Building to which the Sign was attached, as close as possible to its original form prior to the installation of the Sign; and

 

  (c) Bear all costs related to such removal or restoration.

 

(10) When a Sign is placed on a Site without an approved Development Permit, the Development Officer shall notify the Registered Owner and require a Development Permit be sought. Should the Registered Owner not comply within the time specified, the Development Officer may order the removal of such a Sign, and the owner of the Sign shall:

 

  (a) Remove the Sign and all related structural components including removing or screening exposed base and foundations to the satisfaction of the Development Officer within the time specified period on the removal notice;

 

  (b) Restore the immediate area around the Sign, to the satisfaction of the Development Officer, including the ground or any Building to which the Sign was attached, as close as possible to its original form prior to the installation of the Sign; and

 

  (c) Bear all costs related to such removal or restoration.

 

  (d) Failure to remove the Sign within the specified period of time is a breach of this Bylaw.

 

(11) No one shall erect or permit to be erected or remain on City property, any Temporary Sign other than in accordance with this Bylaw.

 

(12) Any Sign located on City property without City approval will be removed and disposed of by an Enforcement Officer or a City employee at the direction of an Enforcement Officer following notice to the Owner of the Sign.

 

(13) Any Sign which obstructs the view of any portion of a traffic control device or traffic control signal, which resembles an official traffic control device, or which poses a potential hazard to traffic may be removed and disposed of by the Development Officer or an Enforcement Officer acting at the direction of the Development Officer following notice to the owner of the Sign.

 

(14) If an Enforcement Officer considers a Sign to have become unsightly or to have caused any safety hazard on City property, or to be in contravention of this Bylaw, the Enforcement Officer may remove the Sign following notice to the Owner of the Sign. Further, the City may recover the costs of the removal and/or storage of any Sign and the clean-up of any affected municipal property. Any such Sign unclaimed within fourteen days of its removal may be disposed of at the discretion of the Enforcement Officer.

 

(15) A Sign background shall not be fluorescent, day glow, luminous, or reflective.

 

(16) A Sign may not project over public lands unless the Development Officer grants permission to the Owner to do so, in which event:

 

  (a) The Owner shall enter into a License of Occupation with the City; and

 

  (b) File with the City, in a form satisfactory to the City’s Solicitors, a public liability and property damage policy issued by an insurance company providing coverage for the City in an amount to be determined by the City which shall:

 

    (i) Insure in respect of loss or damage to property or personal injury or death sustained by one or more persons;

 

    (ii) Indemnify against liabilities, claims, actions, loss, damages, judgments, costs, and expenses which may accrue to or be suffered by the City or by any person by reason of the erection, installation, suspension, or alteration, and the maintenance and use of the Sign;

 

    (iii) Be maintained in force by the owner of the Sign until the sign has been taken down and removed; and (iv) Name the City as co-insured and contain a cross liability provision.

 

(17) Signs shall be illuminated only by steady, stationary, shielded and shaded light sources directed solely at the Sign, or internal to it so that the light intensity or brightness does not create either a nuisance to adjacent property or a traffic hazard for motorists or pedestrians.

 

(18) No exposed reflective-type bulb and no strobe light or incandescent lamp shall be used on the exterior surface of any Sign.

 

(19) Whenever external illumination is used for a Sign, the source of light shall be located, shielded, and directed in such a manner that the light source is not visible from a Street or Residential District.

 

(20) The light source of an internally illuminated Sign shall not be visible from any Street or from adjacent Sites.

 

(21) Signs on City owned property, excluding road right-of-way, shall be permitted when the sign copy is used to advertise community events or non-profit groups.

 

(22) On Sites where the M1 – General Industrial District, C2 – Vehicle Oriented Commercial District or C3 – Neighbourhood Retail and Service District are applied, and where a Development comprises of more than one Site, any Multi-tenant Signs may provide Off-site advertising for businesses that are located within the Development. This shall also apply to any P1-Parks and Recreation District Sites where the land use is a golf course and the sign is located along an arterial roadway.

PORTABLE SIGNS

 

(1) Portable Signs are allowed in all Industrial, and Commercial Districts, and the P1 – Parks and Recreation District and the PS – Public Service Institutional District.

 

(2) The Development Officer may approve a Development Permit for a Portable Sign for one period not exceeding 365 days.

 

(3) Notwithstanding (2) above, on Sites with more than 90.0 m of Frontage, a Portable Sign may be approved for location upon a different section of the Frontage subject to the limitations of Section 98, General Regulations for Signs.

 

(4) The maximum Sign Area on one side of a Portable Sign shall be 5.0 m².