TEMPORARY SIGNS NEED PERMIT
Temporary signs are permissible for a period of 30 days or less with plan commission approval, and are renewable at the discretion of the plan commission.
(1)Signs shall not resemble, imitate or approximate the shape, size, form or color of railroad or traffic signs, signals or devices. Signs shall not obstruct or interfere with the effectiveness of railroad or traffic signs, signals or devices.
(2)Signs shall not be erected, relocated or maintained so as to prevent free ingress to or egress from any door, window or fire escape; and no sign shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape. Signs shall not be placed so as to obstruct or interfere with traffic visibility, nor be lighted in such a way as to cause glare or impair driver visibility upon public ways. In addition to the setback requirements of this section, signs shall be located such that there is at every street intersection a clear view between heights of three feet and ten feet in a triangle formed by the corner and points on the curb 30 feet from the intersection or entranceway. In no case shall the sign extend into the street right-of-way or beyond a side lot line.
(3)Signs may be illuminated but not flashing revolving or animated; however, copy on time and temperature devices may be cyclical. Signs in residential districts may be illuminated only with plan commission recommendation and town board approval. No direct light or significant glare from any sign shall be cast onto any adjacent lot that is zoned for and used for residential purposes
OFF-PREMISES SIGNS AND BILLBOARDS.
The provisions of Wis. Stats. § 84.30, Regulation of Outdoor Advertising, shall apply except where this section is more restrictive
(1) Off-premises signs that are visible and readable from any interstate or primary highway are permitted in areas zoned for business and industrial use.
(2) Off-premises signs shall not project over the right-of-way.
(3)Signs shall not exceed 300 square feet in total area per sign face. Signs may be back to back or side by side with no more than two displays to each facing.
(4)Signs shall not exceed 30 feet in height at the highest point of the sign when the road grade is at ground level. If the road grade is elevated 15 feet or more, the sign height at the highest point of the sign shall be no more than 45 feet from the base of the sign located at ground level
(5 )Signs shall not exceed 30 feet in length inclusive of any border and trim but excluding the base or apron, supports or other structural member.
(6 )Spacing.(1)No sign built within 100 feet of an intersection shall have less than ten feet of underclearance, unless erected on or against an existing building. Off-premises business signs shall not be located within the front yard setbacks where such setbacks are established
.(7)There shall be a minimum of 1,500 feet between off-premises signs, as viewed from any main travel direction of the same street, freeway or expressway and in the same direction. Spacing shall be measured in a lineal direction on the same side of the street. "Back-to-back" mounting of such signs is acceptable, as are signs mounted on or flat against opposite parallel walls of a building.
(8 )Zoning changes. Application for zoning variances or rezoning that are made for the purpose of allowing off-premises signs that are not permitted under current zoning shall be made in the same manner as all other applications for rezoning. The plan commission, in considering such applications and making its recommendations to the town board, shall determine whether the area proposed for the sign is residential, predominantly residential, or adjacent to residential or predominantly residential areas. Variances or rezoning for off-premises signs in residential areas will be denied. Variances or rezoning for off-premises signs in predominantly residential areas or areas adjacent to residential areas, will be closely scrutinized and, except for good cause shown, denied.
PORTABLE SIGNS REQUIRE PERMITS ( Sec. 48-8. )
The zoning administrator/building inspector may permit the temporary use of a portable sign for advertising purposes in any district, provided that the portable sign will not be located on any public right-of-way, will not be located closer than ten feet to an adjacent property and will not cause a hazard to traffic or adjoining properties. Such signs shall not be displayed more frequently than eight times per calendar year, and not more than 30 days at a time. Temporary signs shall comply with the provisions of this chapter regarding size, illumination and duration of placement.
GROUND SIGNS REQUIRE PERMITS
Ground signs shall not exceed 6 feet in height above the mean centerline of street grade.
Shall have a setback of at least 15 feet from any lot line.
BUSINESS SIGNS REQUIRE PERMITS
(1)Wall signs shall not exceed 300 square feet in area for any one premises, shall not exceed 20 feet in height above the mean centerline street grade, and shall not extend beyond the lot line.
(2)Projecting signs shall not exceed 100 square feet in area for any one premises, shall not exceed 20 feet in height above the mean centerline street grade, shall not extend beyond the lot line, shall not be less than ten feet from any side or rear lot line, shall not extend into the public right-of-way, and shall not be less than ten feet above the sidewalk or 15 feet above any public access way, any street or alley.
(3)Ground signs shall not exceed 100 square feet in area on all sides for any one premises, shall not exceed 20 feet in height above the mean centerline street grade provided that the actual sign height shall not exceed the actual setback from any adjacent lot that is zoned for residential purposes, and shall have a setback of at least 15 feet from any lot line.
(4)Roof signs shall not be permitted.
5)Combination of any signs regulated by this section shall meet all the requirements for the individual signs.