PART II, GENERAL LEGISLATION

Chapter 190, ZONING

 

ARTICLE X, Signs [Amended in its entirety 3-6-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996]

§ 190-88. Purpose.

It is the intent and purpose of the Village of Honeoye Falls, by enactment of these regulations:

  1. To promote the safety, comfort and well-being of the users of streets, roads and highways in the Village.
  2. To reduce distractions and obstructions from signs which would adversely affect traffic safety, and to alleviate hazards caused by signs projecting over or encroaching upon public highways.
  3. To discourage excessive visual competition in signage and ensure that signs aid orientation and adequately identify uses and activities to the public.
  4. To preserve or enhance Village character by requiring signage which is:
    1. Creative and distinctive.
    2. Compatible with the surroundings and appropriate to the architectural character of the building on which the signs are placed.
    3. Appropriate to the type of activity to which it pertains.
    4. Expressive of the identity of individual proprietors or of the community as a whole.
    5. Appropriately sized in its context, so as to be easily readable.
  5. To promote attractive signs which clearly present the visual message in a manner that is compatible with its surroundings. The appearance, character and quality of a community are affected by the location, size, construction and graphic design of its signs. Therefore, such signs should convey their messages clearly and simply to enhance their surroundings.
  6. To protect property values, create a more attractive economic and business climate and enhance and protect the physical appearance of the community.

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§ 190-89. Applicability.

The following rules and regulations shall be applicable for the erection of signage in all districts of the Village of Honeoye Falls.

§ 190-90. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

  1. EVENT -- Any happening or occurrence of a limited duration including, but not limited to: special civic or cultural event, such as a fair or exposition, play, concert or meeting, sponsored by a government or charitable organization, special sales promotion displays in a district where such sales are permitted, displays incidental to the opening of a new business, a referendum, a garage, estate or yard sale and the like.
  2. FRONT OF BUILDING -- The part of a building which fronts on a public street or open space dedicated to the Village.
  3. SIGN -- Any display of lettering, logos, colors, lights or illuminated neon tubes, visible to the public from outside a building or from a traveled way, which either conveys a message to the public or intends to advertise, direct, invite, announce or draw attention to, directly or indirectly, a use conducted, goods, products, services or facilities available, either at the premises upon which the sign is located or on any other premises. [Amended 2-12-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991; 3-6-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996]
    1. ADDRESS SIGN -- One sign displaying the street number or name of the occupant of the premises, or both.
    2. AWNING SIGN -- A sign painted on or attached to the cover of a movable frame of the hinged-, roll- or folding-type of awning.
    3. BILLBOARD -- A freestanding sign larger than 32 square feet in gross area or a wall sign covering more than 10% of the area to which it is affixed which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, entertainment or attraction sold, offered or existing elsewhere than on the same lot where such sign is displayed or only incidentally sold, offered or existing upon such lot. [Amended 9-16-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996]
    4. CONSTRUCTION SIGN -- An on-premises sign identifying the contractor, architect, landscape architect and/or engineer's name, address and other pertinent information.
    5. ERECT -- To build, construct, alter, repair, display, relocate, attach, hang, place, suspend, affix or maintain any sign, including the painting of exterior wall signs.
    6. FACADE -- The exterior surface of a building.
    7. FLASHING SIGN -- A sign whose illumination is not kept constant in intensity at all times when in use and which exhibits changes in light, color, direction or animation. A sign which indicates the date, time and temperature shall not be considered a "flashing sign."
    8. FOR SALE/RENT/LEASE SIGN -- An on-premises sign advertising the property being sold or rented.
    9. FREESTANDING SIGN -- A self-supporting sign not attached to any building, wall or fence, but in a fixed and permanent location. A portable or trailer-type sign shall not be a "freestanding sign."
    10. ILLUMINATED SIGN -- Any sign lighted by electrical bulbs, fluorescent lights or neon tubes. Neon tubes used as abstract, graphic, decorative or architectural elements shall constitute an "illuminated sign."
    11. LANDMARK SIGN -- A sign that has been in use for a minimum of 20 years and is of artistic or historic merit, uniqueness or extraordinary significance to the Village, as identified by the Village Planning Board.
    12. LINTEL -- The horizontal support member across the head of a door or window.
    13. MOVABLE SIGN -- A sign capable of being readily moved or relocated, including portable signs mounted on a chassis and wheels or supported by legs.
    14. MULTIPLE SIGNS -- A group of signs clustered together in a single structure or compositional unit. "Multiple signs" are used to advertise several occupants of the same building or building complex.
    15. OFF-PREMISES SIGN -- Any sign which is not on the premises of the business, including a billboard.
    16. ON-PREMISES SIGN -- Any sign that advertises, calls attention to or identifies the occupant of the premises or the business transacted thereon or advertises the property itself or any part thereof as for sale or rent.
    17. POLITICAL SIGN -- A sign designed to inform or influence the action of voters for the passage or defeat of a proposition or law, or the election of a candidate to a public office in a national, state or other local election.
    18. SIGN, PROFESSIONAL OR ANNOUNCEMENT -- A temporary or permanent sign which directs attention to a resident's home, a home occupation, a home professional office or a public or semipublic building.
    19. PROJECTING SIGN -- A sign which is erected on a building or other structure and which extends more than six inches beyond the surface to which it is affixed.
    20. PUBLIC SERVICE SIGN -- A sign located for the purpose of providing directions towards or indication of use not readily visible from the street (e.g., rest rooms, telephone, etc.).
    21. ROOF SIGN -- A sign which is located above or projects above the lowest point of the eaves or the top of the parapet wall of any building or which is painted on or fastened to a roof.
    22. SANDWICH SIGN -- A handcrafted, portable sign made of wood with two separate sides, which are attached at the top, and the legs are the sides of the sign, and are situate on the sidewalk or ground and have a maximum size of 24 inches by 36 inches high.
    23. SIGNBOARD -- The horizontal board which stretches across the top of the street level store front facade and is an integral architectural feature of the building.
    24. TEMPORARY SIGN -- A sign on the exterior of a building or premises which is not permanently affixed or erected for the purpose of promoting or advertising the sale of products, services or merchandise of the normal business operations.
    25. SUBDIVISION SIGN -- A sign advertising, promoting or identifying the development of land for residential and/or nonresidential purposes.
    26. WALL SIGN -- Any sign which is erected on the exterior wall of a building and which extends not more that six inches from the surface of that building.
    27. WINDOW SIGN -- Any sign which is erected on a window, or within four feet of the window with the purpose or effect of identifying any premises from the sidewalk or street.

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§ 190-91. Prohibited signs.

  1. Billboards, streamers, pennants, ribbons, spinners or other similar devices shall not be erected in any zone, except that flags and buntings exhibited to commemorate holidays, and temporary banners announcing charitable or civic events are permitted.
  2. Flashing signs, roof signs, signs containing moving parts, rotating signs, signs mounted on a chassis or wheels, and signs containing reflective elements which sparkle or twinkle in the light are not permitted.
  3. Any sign advertising or identifying a business or organization which is either defunct or no longer located on the premises is not permitted; except landmark signs may be preserved and maintained even if they no longer pertain to the present use of the premises.
  4. No sign, except for a traffic, regulatory, or informational sign, shall use the words "stop," "caution," or "danger," or shall incorporate red, amber, or green lights resembling traffic signals, or shall resemble "stop" or "yield" signs in shape or color.
  5. No sign shall be painted directly on any exterior wall, but may be painted directly on the signboard.
  6. Any permanent sign which announces or identifies a tract of homes or subdivision of homes shall be prohibited.EN

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§ 190-92. Construction; location, design.

  1. No person may erect a sign which is affixed to a fence, utility pole or utility structure, tree, shrub rock or other natural object.
  2. Only signs which refer to a permitted use or an approved conditional use as set forth in this chapter are permitted, provided that such signs conform to the provisions of this Article.
  3. No projecting sign shall extend into a vehicular public way or be less than eight feet above a pedestrian way.
  4. Signs shall not cover or cause the removal of architectural details such as, but not limited to arches, sills, moldings, cornices and transom windows.
  5. The original signboard of the building is to be used when it exists.
  6. Any illuminated sign or lighting device shall employ only lights emitting a light of constant intensity. No sign shall be internally lighted, and no sign shall be illuminated by or contain flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving light or lights. In no event shall an illuminated sign or lighting device be so placed or directed so as to permit the beams and illumination therefrom to be directed or beamed upon a public street, highway, sidewalk or adjacent premises so as to cause glare or reflection that may constitute a traffic hazard or nuisance.
  7. No signs may be illuminated between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. unless the premises upon which it is located is open for business, in which event no sign may be illuminated from the close of business until 5:30 a.m.
  8. No portable or temporary sign shall be placed, parked or otherwise located on any elevation of a building or premises, except as provided herein.
  9. No internally lighted, neon and back-lighted signs shall be permitted in any residential district.
  10. No sound amplifiers, public-address systems or other sound devices shall be used as a means of advertising.
  11. A sign located on an awning shall constitute a permitted sign for that elevation and shall conform to all provisions of this chapter.
  12. Where an auxiliary entrance to a commercial or office building faces a parking lot or driveway, one identification sign, not to exceed 5% of the square footage of the facade upon which it is located, may be erected at that auxiliary entrance in addition to the sign(s) permitted by this chapter.
  13. Temporary or permanent signs resting on or attached to vehicles shall not be used as a means to circumvent the provisions of this Article.
  14. No sign, except those facing onto a Village street, shall be so located as to be visible from the Honeoye Creek, Harry Allen Park or from any other Village, town or county park.
  15. All permanent signs shall be made of wood, stone or metal, or material which has the appearance of wood or metal. If plywood is to be used, it must have an exceptionally smooth and weather-resistant surface, such as that obtained with medium-density overlay (MDO) board.
  16. Signs shall be concentrated near the pedestrian level.
  17. Wall signs identifying commercial establishments shall generally be placed within a signboard immediately above the storefront where a signboard exists. The signboard shall be confined to the vertical distance separating windows on the ground and the second floor; in any event, no more than two feet in height, whichever is less.
  18. Signs on adjacent storefronts within the same buildings shall be coordinated in height and proportion and shall be encouraged to use the same signing format.
  19. Signs generally shall not contain more than three colors, except in instances of an illustration. Dark backgrounds with light-colored lettering shall generally be required, as this makes the sign legible and traditional. Day-Glo and fluorescent colors are prohibited. Detailed guidelines shall be adopted by the Planning Board to guide decisions with respect to the objectives of the sign ordinance and to help ensure consistency in the review of all applications.
  20. The size of signs shall be restricted to ensure that signs do not overpower the facades to which they are affixed and, in any event, shall not exceed 50 square feet.

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§ 190-93. Nonconforming signs.

  1. Other than sign maintenance, a sign which does not conform to the sign ordinance shall not be replaced, reconstructed, remodeled, relocated or changed in size or content to show a new trade name, different words, letters or numbers, new design, different colors or different logo, unless such action will make the sign conforming in all respects to this Article.
  2. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent or discourage repair and maintenance of a nonconforming sign, including sign maintenance, repainting and replacement of broken or deteriorated parts of the sign itself. Supporting structures of nonconforming signs shall not be replaced, unless such replacement will make the sign and sign structure conforming in all respects to this Article.
  3. A nonconforming sign or sign structure which is destroyed or damaged by any casualty may be restored within six months after such destruction or damage only after the owner has shown that the damage did not exceed 50% of the appraised value of the sign. If such sign or sign structure is destroyed or damaged to an extent exceeding 50% of the appraised value of the sign, it shall be removed and shall not be reconstructed or replaced unless such action makes the sign and sign structure conforming in all respects to said sign ordinance.
  4. A nonconforming sign or sign structure shall be removed within 30 days after written notice to the owner of the sign and building when the building containing the use to which the sign is accessory is demolished or destroyed to an extent exceeding 50% of the building's appraised value.
  5. Any sign made nonconforming by this Article may be permitted to continue in use for a period of 10 years from the effective date of this Article. Prior to the expiration of the ten-year period set forth above, the Village Board of Trustees shall conduct an evaluation to determine if the nonconforming period should be extended. In order to make this evaluation, the Board shall consider and do the following:
    1. Analyze and review the economic indicators of the Village and the merchants whose signs are nonconforming. Economic indicators shall include, but not be limited to, undepreciated useful life of a nonconforming sign, the cost of the sign, date of erection of the sign and whether a nonconforming sign is impeding/or supportive of any economic growth in the Village; and
    2. Refer the matter to the Planning Board for its review and recommendations for extending the nonconforming period based upon aesthetic criteria.
  6. A sign or sign structure removed by the Village shall be held not less than 30 days by the Village during which period it may be recovered by the owner upon paying the Village for cost of removal and storage and upon payment of any imposed fine. If not recovered within the thirty-day period, the sign or sign structure is hereby declared abandoned, and title thereto shall be vested in the Village for disposal in any manner permitted by law.
  7. Any landmark sign shall be considered a conforming sign for purposes of these regulations.

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§ 190-94. Signs permitted in all districts.

  1. The following signs, in conformance with this article, are permitted in all districts without a permit:
    1. Signs advertising that property upon which the sign is located is for sale, lease or rent.
    2. Signs denoting the name and address of the residents of the premises.
    3. Signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor placed on premises.
    4. Historic signs or tablets and signs denoting the date of erection and other historic information of homes and buildings. Such signs or tablets shall contain no advertising and not exceed four square feet in area.
    5. Political sign.
    6. Public service sign.
  2. Gasoline and kerosene pumps may carry only signage required by law and directions for use of the pump, provided that the lettering or any device carrying the lettering does not extend beyond the extremities of the pump. In addition, each pump may carry one sign not to exceed one square foot in size indicating the price per gallon of the fuel to be dispensed. The area of said signs shall not be included in calculating the allowable square footage of signs. Nevertheless, the provisions of this subsection shall not be more restrictive than the applicable provisions of federal, state and county statutes governing such pricing signs on pumps now in existence or as the same may be amended from time to time.

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§ 190-95. Measurement of sign area.

  1. Sign measurement shall be based upon the entire area of the sign, with a single continuous perimeter enclosing the extreme limits of the actual sign surface.
  2. For a sign consisting of individual letters, the area shall be considered to be that of the smallest rectangle or other shape which encompasses all of the letters and symbols.
  3. The area of supporting framework (for example brackets, posts, etc.) shall not be included in measuring the sign area if such framework is incidental to the display.
  4. When a sign has two or more faces, the area of all faces shall be included in determining the area, except where two faces are placed back to back and are at no point more than two feet from each other. In this case, the sign area shall be taken as the area of either face, and if the faces are unequal, the larger shall determine the area.
  5. The height of any sign shall be measured from the surface of the road, sidewalk or natural ground level up to the highest point of the sign.

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§ 190-96. Sign permit.

  1. No sign shall be erected until an application has been filed and a permit for such action has been issued. Applications shall be on forms prescribed by the Village. At a minimum, all applications shall include a scale drawing specifying dimensions, materials, illumination, letter sizes, colors, support systems and location on land or buildings, with all relevant measurements.
  2. Permits shall be issued only if the Building Inspector determines the sign complies or will comply with all applicable provisions of this Article and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Such application may be filed by the owner of the land or building or any person who has the authority to erect a sign on the premises and must be signed by the owner and the applicant.
  3. The CEO shall act within 30 days of receipt of such application together with the required fee. The CEO's action or failure to act may be appealed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  4. A schedule of fees for such permits may be established and amended from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

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§ 190-97. Variances.

The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Honeoye Falls may, in appropriate cases, after public notice and hearing and subject to appropriate safeguards, vary or modify the application of this chapter in harmony with its general purpose and intent.

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§ 190-98. Safety standards.

No person may erect or maintain a sign which:

  1. Is structurally unsafe.
  2. Constitutes a hazard to public safety and health for any reason.
  3. Obstructs free entrance or exit from a required door, window or fire escape.
  4. Obstructs light or air or interferes with proper functioning of the building.
  5. Is capable of causing electrical shock.

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§ 190-99. Address signs.

  1. Address signs may be attached to the building or may be on a post not more than four feet high and set back at least two feet from the public right-of-way.
  2. Such sign may not exceed two square feet in area, per occupant.

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§ 190-100. Awning signs.

  1. Awning signs must be painted on or attached flat against the surface of the awning, but not extend beyond the valance or be attached to the underside.
  2. Such sign must be a minimum of eight feet above sidewalk level for pedestrian clearance

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§ 190-101. Construction signs.

  1. Construction signs shall not exceed six square feet per side in area nor four feet in height, and shall be set back at least 10 feet from the public right-of-way or at the building setback, whichever is less.
  2. Such a sign may be maintained on the building or property for the interim of construction and not more than seven days following the completion of said construction

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§ 190-102. Real estate signs.

  1. "For sale," "rent" or "lease" signs shall not exceed four square feet in area if one sided or eight square feet if two sided and shall not exceed five feet in height.
  2. Such signs shall advertise only the property on which the sign is located.
  3. One such sign may be maintained per street frontage on any property being sold or rented, and they shall be removed by the owner or agent within seven days of sale, rent or lease.
  4. Such sign shall not be closer than 10 feet to any side lot line and two feet from the front lot line

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§ 190-103. Subdivision signs.

  1. Temporary subdivision signs shall have a maximum area of 24 square feet with a 15 foot setback, or a maximum area of 12 square feet with a five foot setback, from the nearest right-of-way line.
  2. Such signs shall not be illuminated.
  3. Such signs shall be removed within five years of installation date or seven days after last lot is sold, which ever occurs first.
  4. Such signs shall be one sign per road, a maximum of two per subdivision.

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§ 190-104. Political signs. {Amended 9-19-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011}

  1. Political signs are permitted if they are stationary, unlighted and temporary.
  2. Such signs shall not be displayed more than sixty (60) days prior to the election date.
  3. Such signs shall be removed within seven days after the election date.
  4. Such signs may not exceed four square feet in area.
  5. Such signs shall not be affixed to any highway sign, utility pole or located within the right of way of any public street or road.

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§ 190-105. Professional signs.EN

A professional sign or an announcement sign for a home professional office or home occupation shall bear only the name and profession or occupation of the resident. Such sign shall have a maximum area of two square feet and may be located on the building wall or in the required front yard, provided that it is set back at least 15 feet from all property lines and rights-of-way and the top of the sign, for those attached to the building wall, is not more than six feet or, for those freestanding, not more than four feet above the natural ground level at its location and not illuminated.

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§ 190-106. Public service signs.

  1. Public service signs necessary for public safety and convenience shall not exceed two square feet.
  2. Such signs shall bear no advertising.
  3. Such signs are not included in computing total sign area allowed.

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§ 190-107.Temporary Signs. [Amended 2-20-2012 by L.L. No. 8]

  1. General provisions:
    1. Temporary signs shall be permitted for a period not to exceed 30 consecutive days.
    2. Temporary signs are not to be affixed to fences, trees, utility poles, rocks or other such parts of a natural landscape, such signs are not to be placed in a position that will obstruct or impair vision or traffic or fire hydrants or in any manner create a hazard or disturbance to the health and welfare of the general public, such signs not to be located in any public right-of-way or on public property.
    3. Temporary sign permit applications shall be available from the Village Office. The application must be signed by the property owner or his/her authorized agent and the proper fee must be paid at the time of application submission.
    4. Permit holder is responsible for the removal of the sign upon expiration of the permit. Upon failure of the permit holder to remove the sign, the CEO shall issue a written notice directing that the sign be removed within 24 hours. See section 190-116 Penalties for Offenses.
    5. Temporary signs shall not be illuminated.
    6. Temporary signs shall not be permitted in residential districts.
  2. Type of temporary signs allowed:
    1. Wall sign
    2. Single or double sided freestanding sign
  3. Size of temporary signs allowed:
    1. A solitary temporary wall sign shall be limited to 32 square feet in area.
    2. A solitary temporary freestanding sign shall be limited to 16 square feet in area.
    3. Multiple temporary signs shall not exceed four per tax map parcel at any one time and the largest temporary sign is limited to 12 square feet in area with the three remaining signs not exceeding 8 square feet in area with the total signage area allowed at any one time not exceeding 36 square feet.
  4. Height and location of temporary freestanding signs allowed shall be in accordance with permanent freestanding signs allowed in the zoning district in which the property is located
  5. Number of temporary sign permits allowed:
    1. Five temporary sign permits per applicant per calendar year.
    2. One active temporary sign permit per applicant at any one time.

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§ 190-108. Wall signs.

  1. No part of a wall sign, including the display surface, shall extend more than six inches from the building surface.
  2. Such signs shall not obscure architectural features of the building, including, but not limited to, features such as arches, sills, moldings, cornices and transoms.
  3. Such sign shall not extend above the lowest point of the roof or top of parapet wall, whichever is higher, nor beyond the ends of the wall to which it is attached.
  4. Where two or more wall signs are affixed to one wall, the gross display area shall be the sum total of all signs.
  5. Such sign shall have a maximum width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurements, except that, if the building's signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
  6. Such sign shall not be internally lighted or back lighted.

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§ 190-109. Village Business and Traditional Village Districts and North Main Street nonresidential properties.

  1. In addition to the foregoing general standards and requirements, the following specific standards shall apply to Village Business and Traditional Village Districts and all commercial, retail and industrial premises on North Main Street not located in Village Business District. If there are any conflicts, ambiguities or inconsistencies between the general standards and requirements of §§ 190-88 through 190-98 and the specific standards of §§ 190-99 through 190-108, then the specific standards shall control.
  2. The Village center is generally characterized by traditional architecture lining the street; civic buildings, a commons and park; and containing a mix of residential and commercial building uses.
  3. Within this district, the intent of the sign regulation is to ensure visual compatibility with the scale and character of the surrounding architecture. The signage must also be readable by pedestrians and people in slow-moving vehicles.
  4. Number.
    1. Each occupant of street level premises with separate entrances fronting on a public street may use no more than three identification signs. If there is a secondary entrance on another facade, one sign may be included on that facade.
    2. The occupants of premises having two or more occupants with a common entrance fronting on a public street shall use no more than three identification signs at the street level between or among said occupants.
  5. Projecting signs.
    1. If flat, such sign shall not exceed 10 square feet per side.
    2. The total area of a three-dimensional sign shall be determined by enclosing the largest cross section of the sign in an easily recognizable geometric shape and computing its area, which shall not exceed nine square feet.
    3. Such sign shall be erected at right angles to the building and shall not project closer than two feet to the curbline.
    4. The supporting framework shall be in proportion to the size of such sign.
    5. Signs which overhang a public way (including sidewalks) shall be covered by a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village as an insured party.
    6. The top of the sign may be suspended in line with one of the following, whichever is the most successful application of scale, linear continuity and visibility as determined by the sign officer:
      1. Suspended between the bottom sills of the second story windows and the top of the doors and windows of the ground floor; or
      2. The lowest point of the roof of a one-story building.
    7. Such signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight feet above ground when located adjacent to or projecting over a pedestrian way. If projecting over an alley or driveway, the clearance must be at least 13 feet.
  6. Wall signs. Such signs shall have an aggregate area not exceeding 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of building face parallel to a street lot line, or 10% of the wall area to which it is attached, whichever is less. Where a lot fronts on more than one street, the aggregate sign area facing each street frontage shall be calculated separately. A wall identification sign(s) shall be attached to or incorporated in the building wall and have a maximum total width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurement for use by all occupants of the building; provided, however, that if the signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
  7. Identifying window signs. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
  8. Promotional/advertising signs.
    1. Promotional/advertising signs shall not exceed 25% of window area, not including any identifying window sign.
    2. Promotional/advertising signs shall only be located within the building premises.
  9. Freestanding signs.
    1. Freestanding signs shall be a maximum of 20 square feet.
    2. Freestanding signs shall have a total maximum height of six feet from sidewalk or ground level; except that signs hanging from a single post/support may have a total maximum height of seven feet.
    3. Freestanding signs may have no more than two sides.
    4. No part of the sign may be closer than four feet to the edge of any right-of-way.
    5. Such signs shall be used for identification purposes only; provided, however, that a gasoline station may, in addition to identification, display gasoline prices on said sign.
  10. Illuminated signs.
    1. Signs shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely onto the sign without causing glare.
    2. Internal illumination is not permitted.
    3. Interior and exterior neon signs are prohibited; provided, however, that in the Village Business District, two interior neon signs are permitted per business; and must be used for promotional purposes.
    4. Gas-filled light tubes shall be allowed for indirect illumination and when placed in such a manner that the tubes are not exposed to view from any point along the public roadway or sidewalk.
    5. Signs shall not be illuminated directly or indirectly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., unless the premises are open during such hours.
  11. One sandwich sign per business shall be allowed and displayed in the Village Business and Traditional Village Districts only. Such sign shall be displayed only during business hours. Such sign shall be erected on the premises of the business or, if located off the premises, in a location determined by the Code Enforcement Officer. No part of the sign shall be located or situated so as to hinder or endanger pedestrian or vehicular traffic. When the sign is located on a sidewalk or right-of-way, the owner of such sign shall provide a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village as an insured party.[Amended 2-21-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]

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§ 190-110. Shopping Center District.

In addition to the foregoing general standards and requirements, the following specific standards shall apply to premises and property within the Shopping Center District in the Village of Honeoye Falls. If there are any conflicts, ambiguities or inconsistencies between the general standards and requirements of §§ 190-88 through 190-98 and the specific standards of §§ 190-99 through 190-108, then the specific standards shall control.

  1. Number of signs. Each occupant of any of the premises in the Shopping Center District may have three identifying signs which may be erected on the canopy, wall, window and/or underside of the canopy. In addition, the occupant may use promotional signs.
  2. Placement standards. A canopy sign identifying a commercial establishment shall be placed on the canopy immediately above the storefront to which the identifying sign relates. A sign erected on the canopy shall be coordinated in height and proportion with all other signs erected on the canopy. In any event, all signs erected shall use the same signing format.
  3. Colors. Colors shall be chosen to complement with the canopy of the building, as well as with the colors of all other signs on the canopy of the building. In any event, each sign shall not contain more than three colors.
  4. Size.
    1. The size of each sign located on the canopy shall be limited to 15 inches in height and shall have a maximum total width of 75% of the width of the storefront to which the sign relates.
    2. Wall signs shall have an aggregate area not exceeding 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of building face parallel to a street lot line, or 10% of the wall area to which it is attached, whichever is less. A wall identification sign(s) shall be attached to or incorporated in the building wall and have a maximum total width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurement for use by all occupants of the building; provided, however, that if the signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
    3. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
    4. Promotional window signs shall not exceed more than 25% of the window area in which they are displayed.
    5. Projecting overhead signs cannot exceed six square feet in size.
  5. Projecting signs.
    1. A sign that shall be erected to hang from the underside of the building canopy above the sidewalk and in front of the premises to which it relates and shall be used for identification purposes only.
    2. Such sign shall be erected at right angles to the premises.
    3. Such signs for all occupants in the Shopping Center District shall be the same size.
    4. Such signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight feet when located adjacent to or projecting over a pedestrian way.
  6. Identifying window signs. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
  7. Promotional/advertising signs.
    1. Promotional/advertising signs shall not exceed 25% of the window area, not including any identifying window sign.
    2. Promotional/advertising signs shall only be located within the building premises.
  8. Freestanding signs. One freestanding sign will be allowed in the Shopping Center District, which sign shall not exceed a height of 16 feet and an area of 25 square feet.
  9. Illuminated signs.
    1. Signs shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely onto the sign, without causing glare.
    2. Internal illumination of a sign or letters of a sign is not permitted.
    3. Interior and exterior neon signs are prohibited.
    4. Gas-filled light tubes shall be allowed for indirect illumination and when placed in such a manner that the tubes are not exposed to view from any point along the public roadway, sidewalk or parking lot.
  10. Sandwich signs. Sandwich signs are not permitted in the Shopping Center District.

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§ 190-111. General Commercial District.

In addition to the foregoing general standards and requirements, the following specific standards shall apply to General Commercial Districts in the Village of Honeoye Falls. If there are any conflicts, ambiguities or inconsistencies between the general standards and requirements of §§ 190-88 through 190-98 and the specific standards of §§ 190-99 through 190-108, then the specific standards shall control.

  1. Number of signs. There shall be no more than three types of identification signs employed per building, regardless of number of occupants.
  2. Projecting signs.
    1. Such signs shall not exceed 10 square feet per side.
    2. Such signs shall be erected at right angles to the building and shall not project closer than two feet to the curbline.
    3. The supporting framework shall be in proportion to the size of such sign.
    4. Signs which overhang a public way, including sidewalks, shall be covered by a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village of Honeoye Falls as an insured party.
    5. Such signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight feet when located adjacent to or projecting over a pedestrian way. If projecting over an alley or driveway, the clearance must be at least 13 feet.
  3. Wall signs. Such signs shall have an aggregate area not exceeding 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of building face parallel to a street lot line, or 10% of the wall area to which it is attached, whichever is less. Where a lot fronts on more than one street, the aggregate sign area facing each street frontage shall be calculated separately. A wall identification sign(s) shall be attached to or incorporated in the building wall and have a maximum total width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurement for use by all occupants of the building; provided, however, that if the signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
  4. Identifying window signs. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
  5. Promotional/advertising signs.
    1. Promotional/advertising signs shall not exceed 25% of the window area, not including any identifying window sign.
    2. Promotional/advertising signs shall only be located within the building premises.
  6. Freestanding signs.
    1. Freestanding signs shall be a maximum of 32 square feet.
    2. Freestanding signs shall have a total maximum height, including the structure supporting the sign, of 12 feet from the sidewalk or ground level.
    3. Freestanding signs may have no more than two sides.
    4. Freestanding signs shall be set back at least 20 feet from any property line.
    5. Such signs shall be used for identification purposes only; provided, however, that a gasoline station may, in addition to identification, display gasoline prices on said sign.
  7. Illuminated signs.
    1. Signs shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely onto the sign, without causing glare.
    2. Internal illumination of a sign or letters of a sign is not permitted.
    3. Interior and exterior neon signs are prohibited.
    4. Gas-filled light tubes shall be allowed for indirect illumination and when placed in such a manner that the tubes are not exposed to view from any point along the public roadway or sidewalk.
  8. Sandwich signs. One sandwich sign per business shall be allowed and displayed in the General Commercial District. Such sign shall be displayed only during business hours. Such sign shall be erected on the premises of the business, and no part of the sign shall be located so as to hinder or endanger pedestrian and vehicular traffic. When the sign is located on a sidewalk, the owner of such sign shall provide a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village as an insured party.

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§ 190-112. Light Industrial District.

In addition to the foregoing general standards and requirements, the following specific standards shall apply to Light Industrial Districts in the Village of Honeoye Falls. If there are any conflicts, ambiguities or inconsistencies between the general standards and requirements of §§ 190-88 through 190-98 and the specific standards of §§ 190-99 through 190-108, then the specific standards shall control.

  1. Number of signs.
    1. There shall be no more than two signs employed per premises, regardless of the number of occupants. The signs to be used shall be a wall or window sign and a freestanding sign.
    2. However, if the premises fronts on more than one public right-of-way or if there is another entrance, an additional sign may be included on that facade.
  2. Projecting signs.
    1. Such signs shall not exceed 10 square feet per side.
    2. Such signs shall be erected at right angles to the building and shall not project closer than two feet to the curbline.
    3. The supporting framework shall be in proportion to the size of such sign.
    4. Signs which overhang a public way, including sidewalks, shall be covered by a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village of Honeoye Falls as an insured party.
    5. Such signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight feet when located adjacent to or projecting over a pedestrian way. If projecting over an alley or driveway, the clearance must be at least 13 feet.
  3. Wall signs. Such signs shall have an aggregate area not exceeding 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of building face parallel to a street lot line, or 10% of the wall area to which it is attached, whichever is less. Where a lot fronts on more than one street, the aggregate sign area facing each street frontage shall be calculated separately. A wall identification sign(s) shall be attached to or incorporated in the building wall and have a maximum total width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurement for use by all occupants of the building; provided, however, that if the signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
  4. Identifying window signs. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
  5. Promotional/advertising signs.
    1. Promotional/advertising signs shall not exceed 25% of the window area, not including any identifying window sign.
    2. Promotional/advertising signs shall only be located within the building premises.
  6. Freestanding signs.
    1. Freestanding signs shall be a maximum of 32 square feet.
    2. Freestanding signs shall have a total maximum height, including the structure supporting the sign, of eight feet from the sidewalk or ground level.
    3. Freestanding signs may have no more than two sides.
    4. Freestanding signs shall be set back at least 20 feet from any property line.
    5. There shall be one freestanding sign for all occupants of the premises.
    6. Such signs shall be used for identification purposes only; provided, however, that a gasoline station may, in addition to identification, display gasoline prices on said sign.
  7. Illuminated signs.
    1. Signs shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely onto the sign, without causing glare.
    2. Internal illumination of a sign or letters of a sign is not permitted.
    3. Interior and exterior neon signs are prohibited.
    4. Gas-filled light tubes shall be allowed for indirect illumination and when placed in such a manner that the tubes are not exposed to view from any point along the public roadway or sidewalk.
  8. Sandwich signs. Sandwich signs shall not be allowed in the Light Industrial Districts.

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§ 190-112.1 Mixed-Use Light Industrial Commercial District (MULICD) Tiers I, II and III. [Added 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 9-2003].

  1. In addition to the foregoing general standards and requirements, the following specific standards shall apply to retail and commercial buildings and structures within the MULICD. Signage for buildings or structures permitted in the Light Industrial part of said district shall be in accordance with the requirements for signs in the Light Industrial District. If there are any conflicts, ambiguities or inconsistencies between general standards and requirements of §§ 190-88 through 190-98 and the specific standards set forth in this section for MULICD, then the specific standard for MULICD shall control.
  2. Within this district, the intent of the sign regulation is to ensure visual compatibility with the scale and character of the surrounding architecture. The signage must also be readable by pedestrians and individuals in motor vehicles traveling within posted speed limits.
  3. Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

    FRONT OF BUILDING -- The part of a building which fronts on a public street or open space dedicated to the Village.

    IDENTIFYING SIGN -- A sign used to name the occupant of the building.

    REAR OF BUILDING -- The part of a building which fronts on a parking lot or not on a public street or dedicated open space.

  4. Number of signs.
    1. Up to three identifying signs may be used for each occupant at a separate entrance for each occupant at the front of a building.
    2. Up to three identifying signs may be used for all occupants at a common entrance for all occupants at the front of a building.
    3. Up to two identifying signs may be used for each occupant at a separate entrance for each occupant at the rear of a building.
    4. Up to two identifying signs may be used for all occupants at a common entrance for all occupants at the rear of a building.
    5. Up to one identifying sign may be used for each entrance on the side of a building.
  5. Projecting signs.
    1. If flat, such sign shall not exceed 10 square feet per side.
    2. The total area of a three-dimensional sign shall be determined by enclosing the largest cross section of the sign in an easily recognizable geometric shape and computing its area, which shall not exceed nine square feet.
    3. Such sign shall be erected at right angles to the building and shall not project closer than two feet to the curbline.
    4. The supporting framework shall be in proportion to the size of such sign.
    5. Signs, which overhang a public way (including sidewalks), shall be covered by a public liability insurance policy satisfactory to the Village and which names the Village as an insured party.
    6. The top of the sign may be suspended in line with one of the following, whichever is the most successful application of scale, linear continuity and visibility as determined by the sign officer:
      1. Suspended between the bottom sills of the second-story windows and the top of the doors and windows of the ground floor; or
      2. The lowest point of the roof of a one-story building.
    7. Such signs shall have a minimum clearance of eight feet above ground when located adjacent to or projecting over a pedestrian way. If projecting over an alley or driveway, the clearance must be at least 13 feet.
  6. Wall signs. Such signs shall have an aggregate area not exceeding 1.5 square feet for each linear foot of building face parallel to a street lot line, or 10% of the wall area to which it is attached, whichever is less. Where a lot fronts on more than one street, the aggregate sign area facing each street frontage shall be calculated separately. A wall identification sign(s) shall be attached to or incorporated in the building wall and have a maximum total width of 75% of the building wall's horizontal measurement for use by all occupants of the building; provided, however, that if the signboard is used, this limitation is not applicable.
  7. Identifying window signs. Identifying window signs shall not exceed more than 30% of the window area in which they are displayed.
  8. Promotional/advertising signs.
    1. Promotional/advertising signs shall not exceed 25% of window area, not including any identifying window sign.
    2. Promotional/advertising signs shall only be located within the building premises.
  9. Freestanding signs. The use of freestanding signs by the owner and/or occupant of any building or lot is prohibited; except that the developer of the district may erect one freestanding sign with the approval of the Planning Board. The freestanding sign shall have a maximum height of six feet when measured from sidewalk or ground level or a maximum height of seven feet when the sign hangs from a single support or post; shall have only two sides; and shall be used for identification purposes only.
  10. Illuminated signs.
    1. Signs shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, shielded light sources directed solely onto the sign without causing glare.
    2. Internal illumination is not permitted, except that channel letters may be internally illuminated.
    3. Interior and exterior neon signs are prohibited.
    4. Gas-filled light tubes shall be allowed for indirect illumination and when placed in such a manner that the tubes are not exposed to view from any point along the public roadway or sidewalk.
    5. Signs shall not be illuminated directly or indirectly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., unless the premises is open during such hours.
  11. Sandwich signs. The use of sandwich signs by the owner and/or occupant of any building or lot is prohibited.
  12. All permanent signs shall be made of wood, stone or metal, or material which has the appearance of wood or metal. If plywood is to be used, it must have an exceptionally smooth and weather-resistant surface, such as that obtained with medium-density overlay board. No sign shall be flat polycarbonate face, pan face or vacuum formed plastic face.
  13. All cabinet signs are prohibited.

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§ 190-113. Enforcement.

The Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) is hereby authorized to enforce this Article. The CEO is authorized to order the repair or removal of any sign and its supporting structure which is judged dangerous or in disrepair or which is erected or maintained contrary to this Article

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§ 190-114. Removal of signs in violation.

  1. In the event of a violation of any of the provisions of this Article, the Building Inspector shall give written notice of such defect to the sign owner and land owner as stated in the application for the sign permit, at the addresses set forth in the sign permit application, to conform or remove such sign. The sign shall be brought into conformance by the sign owner and land owner within 30 days from the date of said notice. In the event that such sign shall not be brought into conformance within 30 days, the Building Inspector shall revoke the permit, and such sign shall be removed by the sign owner and/or the owner.
  2. Any signs not removed within the time limit herein stated shall be deemed a public nuisance, subject to the removal provisions of this section, and shall be removed by the Village if the sign owner and/or property owner fail to do so after being so ordered by the Village. Costs of said removal shall be borne by the sign and/or property owner and may be recovered by the Village, if necessary, or by placing a lien, in accordance with appropriate state law, on the property from which the sign has been removed.

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§ 190-115. Penalties for offenses.

Violation of any provision of this Article or any lawful order of the Code Enforcement Officer or Building Inspector shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250 per offense. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. A second violation will result in a fine of $500 per offense. A third violation will result in a fine of $1,000 per offense.

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