Ordinance No.2018-8

Amendment to Zoning Ordinance


            WHEREAS, the Wetumpka Planning Commission, petitioned to amend theZoning Ordinance of Wetumpka, Alabama; and


            WHEREAS, the Council has held a duly advertisedpublic hearing as required by Sec. 11-52-78, Code of Alabama 1975, and


            WHEREAS, the Council finds that the proposedamendment is not contrary to the general purpose and intent of the ordinance orinjurious to the neighborhood or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare;




            TheZoning Map of the City of Wetumpka, being incorporated by reference inOrdinance 99-4, entitled “Zoning Ordinance of the City of Wetumpka, AL,”adopted on September 2, 1998, be and is hereby amended as follows.


Section1. Section 81.6 be amended to read as follows:


Commercial Business Signs. All signs tobe viewed in a B-1    General Businessdistrict shall conform to the following requirements:


a.    All signs shall be placed flat against themain building, or parallel to the building on a canopy; and, may face onlypublic street or parking areas which are part of the development.


b.    The sign height may not exceed 20 percent ofthe building height, and the total area of all signs shall not exceed 20percent of the area of the nearest building face with which they are parallel.


c.    Signs may be illuminated, but not flashing.


d.    One additional sign may be placedfreestanding or attached to the building but not extending over a publicright-of-way, near one entrance of each street upon which the lot or parcelfronts. Such a sign shall convey only the identification of the permitted use, shallbe located so that view of traffic within or without the development is notobstructed for pedestrians or motorists, and may not exceed 100 square feet inarea.


e.    Signs purely for traffic regulation anddirection within the development may be utilized as required.


Allsigns to be viewed in a B-2 Local Business District shall conform to thefollowing requirements. Any sign or signs may be displayed if they pertainexclusively to the business carried on within the building, and if no part ofany sign projects into a public right-of-way in excess of six inches except asherein provided.


a.    A sign shall be placed flat against the mainbuilding, or parallel to the building on a permitted canopy, and shall faceonly public streets or parking areas which are part of the development, andshall not project above the cornice or roof lines.


b.    The sign height may not exceed 20 percent ofthe building height, and the total area of all signs shall not exceed 20percent of the area of the nearest building face with which they are parallel.


c.    A sign may be illuminated, but if intendedto have moving illumination, such illumination must be approved in advance bythe Board of Adjustment (or Planning Board), which body shall make certain thatlight intensity, color, and movement will not likely be so distracting to motorvehicle operators as to constitute a traffic hazard.


Allsigns to be viewed in a B-3 Central Business District shall conform to thefollowing requirements.


a.       In no case shall a sign applied to a buildingbe allowed to obscure any significant architectural details or features of abuilding face such as windows, transom panels, sills, moldings, and   cornices.


b.      A primary façade shall be designated for eachbuilding. This façade shall be divided into divisions defined by the overalllength and height of each activity occupying the building. The resulting squarefootage is the amount of façade exposure that each activity has. This amountdetermines the sign sizes for each business.


c.         Lighting. All signs (except monument signs insubsection (f) below) may be illuminated directly or with indirect lightningprovided that indirect light sources are shielded from other buildings and donot create glare or visual discomfort to pedestrians at street level. Neonwindow and wall signs are permitted as long as they conform to all otherrestrictions within this ordinance.


Section 2. Insert Section 81.6.1Specific Sign Requirements for the B-3 Zoning District


a.        Primary Signs.


1.Description and Use. The Primary Sign may only be the activity name, logo,business type, or dimensional icon graphically depicting the type of business.


2. Amount allowed. One Primary Sign per “businessdivision” of the primary façade shall be allowed. 


   3. Placement: Primary signs may be mountedor painted on

·        a perpendicular hanging sign or “blade” sign,over the sidewalk and storefront, side or corner mount,

·        a flush surface on the building, includingwindows, designated for sign use.


4.  Size. Primary signs shall have an aggregatearea not exceeding 1.5 square feet for   

      each linear foot of building faceparallel to a street lot line, or 10%of the division

      area, whichever is smaller. Provided that                                                               

·        The widest point of one dimension (vertical orhorizontal) of the primary sign should not exceed four feet, or a circulardiameter of six feet.

·        Window signs shall cover no more than 30% of anyone window.


b.       Secondary Signs.


1.       Description and use. Secondary signs aregenerally second, smaller versions of the Primary Sign or supporting signage tothe business. The Secondary Sign may be the business name or the type ofbusiness. The Secondary Sign may include tag lines below the name, graphics, orproprietor / professional’s name and title, or slogan. The Secondary Sign couldbe a dimensional icon graphically depicting the type of business; however itMUST be smaller than the Primary Sign. Neon, channel letter or anyinternally-lit signs are NOT permitted as Secondary Signs.


2.       Amount allowed. One secondary sign perbusiness division. An identical pair of window signs on separate windows mayconstitute one secondary sign. Provided that

·        For Multiple lines of type or full logos inmass, NO dimension should exceed 3 (three) feet at their widest point. Singlelines of type and basic graphics or rules are exempt from this limitation.

·        At any time, no single window shall be coveredmore than 30%.

·        Window signs on or above the second floor willbe limited to identification and instructional signs and cover no more than 30%of any one window.

·        If the business is located on a corner, occupiesmultiple storefronts, or in a stand-alone structure, EACH facade (storefront)can have 1 (one) additional Secondary Sign (matching set) upon that facade. Theentire business can still have only one Primary Sign, however.


3.       Placement. Secondary Signs can be located inmany places on the façade, including repeated, matching signs on awningvalances or in multiple display windows.                                              


c.           Monument signs (freestanding ground basedsigns). These shall be the only      freestanding signs permitted in this zoningdistrict, and same shall not exceed four feet in height, and shall not exceed24 square feet in area. Monument signs must be setback at least ten feet fromthe public right-of-way. The following additional restrictions also apply:


1.  Signs may not be directly illuminated.

2.  Shall be constructed of materials consistentwith the building architecture.

3.  May only be used as identification orprofessional signs.

4.  May not contain other messages or be used as abase to hang temporary signs for        

     sales or events.

              5. Signs shall not be electronic signs.


          d.     Other Signage Allowed.


1.  Pedestrian Zone Advertising. Sidewalk signs,usually in the form of A-Frame or  “sandwichboard, “are permissible. However, they may only contain daily specials, menusor sale items in erasable type such as chalk or dry-boards. Placement is in thepedestrian zone directly adjacent to the business. Height should not exceed 3(three) feet and the sign should not take up sidewalk area of more than 3(three) square feet.


There must be a5 (five) foot distance to pass between the sign and building or any immobilestreet amenity such as benches, bike racks, trees, post boxes, stairs, etc., asthe sign can become a hazard to the public right-of-way. These signs must beremovable and taken inside by the business when closed, in case of downtownevents, and for emergency purposes.


2. TemporarySale or Event Banners. Sale or event banners are generally large, sticker-typevinyl lettered “quick” signs, cheaper in materials, and therefore must beTEMPORARY. These signs may only be in place for a maximum of 10 (ten) days,should include the dates of the event and a few months should pass betweenhanging temporary signs. On the exterior, temporary banners should be attachedwith ties. On the interior, these include anything hung within 3 (three) feetfrom the inner surface of the display glass. One side of a “SALE” sign shouldnot exceed 2 1⁄2 feet across.


Section 81.6.2.Signs prohibited in the B-3 Zoning District


The followingare prohibited anywhere within the geographical area designated as zoningdistrict B-3:


a.  Freestanding pole signs, or othernon-monument signs.

b.  Fluorescent day-glow colored signs.

c.  Wind and light activated glitter signs.

d.  Electronic or flashing signs.

e.  Streamer and non-official flags.


Adopted andapproved this the 5th day of November, 2018.




                                                                                    JerryWillis, Mayor





TiffanyRobinson, City Clerk