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CITY OF OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA
PLANNING AND ZONING ADVISORY BOARD AGENDA ITEM REPORT

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GENDA ITEM NO. 4.

MEETING DATE: 5/16/2022
PREPARED BY: 

Lauren Pruss, AICP 

Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development

 

Peter Schwarz, AICP

Director of Community and Economic Development

DEPARTMENT HEAD APPROVAL:  ECD for Planning and Zoning Board
SUBJECT:

Case #CD22-08T “Text Amendment to Amend the Sign Regulations of the Land Development Code”

A Public Hearing to consider amending Chapter 24 entitled Land Development Code by specifically amending Article XI. Signs, Sections 24-143 through 24-152 to provide amended sign definitions, providing regulations on animated signs, providing for prohibitions on pole signs with an amortization schedule, providing certain regulations on ground signs, providing certain time restrictions for temporary signs, and the prohibition of certain outdoor displays of merchandise.

1.BACKGROUND/HISTORY
    
 

Issue Statement: In order to protect the quality of life within the City of Oakland Park, the City's signage regulations need updating with prohibitions on pole signs with an amortization schedule, new regulations on ground signs, new restrictions for temporary signs, content neutrality for regulations, and the prohibition of certain outdoor displays of merchandise.

 

Recommended Action: The Planning and Zoning Board recommend that the City Commission adopt the attached Ordinance amending Article XI. Signs, Sections 24-143 through 24-152 to provide amended sign definitions, providing regulations on animated signs, providing for prohibitions on pole signs with an amortization schedule, providing certain regulations on ground signs, providing certain time restrictions for temporary signs, and the prohibition of certain outdoor displays of merchandise.

2.CURRENT ACTIVITY
    
 

The City made its most recent substantive update to signage regulations in 2014, and since that time several national and local issues have arisen affecting the types of signs that are installed at properties around Oakland Park. The Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 576 U.S. 155 (2015) Supreme Court decision requires that local signage regulations not restrict or categorize signs by content. Several companies have elected to use large feather or teardrop shaped canvas signs, moving inflatable signs, tall pole signs, and non-permitted digital display signs. These create safety related distractions and affect the appearance of local streetscapes.

 

Staff proposes text amendments to the City of Oakland Park Land Development Code as follows: 

 

1. Removal of any restriction that controls the content or message of a sign in order to ensure that the City complies with the Reed v. Town of Gilbert ruling.

 

2. Adds new restrictions for freestanding signs to prohibit pole signs and instead only permit ground, or monument, signs with restrictions on sign face area as well as the height and surface area of their structures.

 

3. Require the removal of pole signs and digital or animated signs within seven years or earlier if specific activities by the sign owner occur.

 

4. Removal of allowances for outdoor displays of sample merchandise by retail merchants, as outdoor display of merchandise would be managed through the Master Business Use List with time-limited permissions for special outdoor sales.

 

5. Enhanced definitions for animated signs to ensure that it is clear that digital or LED signs have not been and are not permitted. Additional definition amendments clarify meanings for portable signs, sign area, and specific types of signs.

 

6. Increased regulations for light-box signs to only permit signs used for channel lettering and for small individual image installations and to prohibit the use of internally lit or glossy awnings.

3.FINANCIAL IMPACT
    
 Not Applicable
4.RECOMMENDATION
    
 The Planning and Zoning Board recommend that the City Commission adopt the attached Ordinance amending Article XI. Signs, Sections 24-143 through 24-152 to provide amended sign definitions, providing regulations on animated signs, providing for prohibitions on pole signs with an amortization schedule, providing certain regulations on ground signs, providing certain time restrictions for temporary signs, and the prohibition of certain outdoor displays of merchandise.
ATTACHMENTS:
Description
Draft Ordinance