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File #: 28399    Version: Name: Canopy Signs
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2012 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 1/22/2013 Final action: 1/22/2013
Enactment date: 1/31/2013 Enactment #: ORD-13-00013
Title: SUBSTITUTE Amending Sections 31.071 to modify the Canopy Sign ordinance, amending Sections 31.07(1), 31.09(1)(a) and 31.075(2), and creating Section 31.06(6) of the Madison General Ordinances to add a reference to a Charter Ordinance to each of those sections.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. DRAFT Substitute for 12/19 UDC meeting, 2. SubOrdCanopiesReport121912.pdf, 3. Version 1
Fiscal Note
No significant fiscal impact is anticipated.
Title
SUBSTITUTE Amending Sections 31.071 to modify the Canopy Sign ordinance, amending Sections 31.07(1), 31.09(1)(a) and 31.075(2), and creating Section 31.06(6) of the Madison General Ordinances to add a reference to a Charter Ordinance to each of those sections.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amends the Canopy Sign ordinance, and clarifies the status of signs displayed on canopies and awnings, projecting from a building, or on a banner that projects into the highway right-of-way. This is a companion to Charter Ordinance (Legistar File No. 28398) and should be considered at the same time. The sign code currently allows limited signage on canopies and awnings that project outward from a building, and elements of wall signs and projecting signs that extend off the building face. Often such projecting features are within the airspace of the right-of-way and contain signage. This ordinance will make clear that such signs are governed by a newly-created charter ordinance establishing the City’s intent to deviate from the state law that prohibits signs in the right-of-way, for those types of signs. This ordinance also modifies the criteria for canopy signs - clarifying the design and size of signs that may be displayed on, above or below a canopy. Such signs shall not project beyond the limits of the structure to which the sign is attached. The portions of this ordinance that cross-reference the Charter Ordinance (Sec. 31.04(6)) will not be adopted and will not take effect until and unless the companion Charter Ordinance (No. 28398) takes effect.
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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:
1. Section 31.071 entitled “Canopy Signs” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:
“31.071 CANOPY SIGNS.
A sign may be displayed on a canopy in the Commercial, Manufactur...

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