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Ordinance 2011-12

ORDINANCE NO. 2011-12
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-09 THE JOHNSON SIGN
ORDINANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
WHEREAS, growth and development of commercial retail, business and professional
areas of the City require adequate signage to effectively, practically and safely allow citizens and patrons to locate and access these endeavors.
WHEREAS, technological advances and improvements have increased the manner and
methods by which one may call attention to a business or endeavor, and provide information to the public.
BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS,
That:
Section 1: That subsection (a) of paragraph E. C-1, C-2 and C-3 Districts, of Section
7: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby amended to read as follows:
"(a) (1) Number of signs.
(a) Single tenant. Where a building houses only one business, a maximmn of one (1)
wall sign may be placed on one wall, but no more than four (4) wall signs may be
placed on the building.
(b) Multiple tenants. Where a building houses more than one business, each business
shall be entitled to a maximum of one wall sign per business on each wall of the
building, with a maximum offour (4) total wall signs per business per building.
In no case shall a business have more than one wall sign on any wall.
(2) Display surface area.
(a) Single tenant. The display surface area shall not exceed 20% of the first l 000
square feet of wall area and 5% of any additional wall area.
(b) Multiple tenants. Where a building houses more than one business the display
surface area of each tenant's allowable wall sign(s) shall not exceed 50 square
feet. Furthetmore, the display surface area for all wall signs on any one wall may
not exceed 20% of that total wall area.
(3) Off-site wall signs.
Off-site wall signs shall be prohibited in all zoning districts.
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Section 7: That subsection (a) of paragraph F. I District, of Section 7: of Ordinance
2007-09 is hereby amended to read as follows:
"(a) (1) Number of signs.
(a) Single tenant. Where a building houses only one business, a maximum of one (1)
wall sign may be placed on one wall, but no more than four (4) wall signs may be
placed on the building.
(b) Multiple tenants. Where a building houses more than one business, each business
shall be entitled to a minimum of one wall sign per business on each wall of the
building, with a maximum of four (4) total wall signs per business per building.
In no case shall a business have more than one wall sign on any wall.
(2) Display surface area.
(a) Single tenant. The display surface area shall not exceed 20% of the first 1000
square feet of wall area and 5% of any additional wall area.
(b) lviultiple tenants. \Vhere a building houses more than one business the display
surface area of each tenant's allowable wall sign(s) shall not exceed 150 square
feet. Furthermore, the display surface area for all wall signs on any one wall may
not exceed 20% of that total wall area."
Section 3: That paragraph F. I District of Section 7: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby
amended by adding the following which will be subsection (f) thereof:
"(f) Digital billboards (smart boards) shall be permitted subject to acquiring a permit and meeting the following regulations.
(1) Location.
(a) Signs per Lot. Only one (I) digital billboard sign structure shall be permitted per
lot. Double sided signs shall be permitted.
(b) Zoning. Digital billboards shall only be permitted inA-1, I-1 and I-2 adjacent

to interstate and primary highways.
(c) Setback. Digital billboards shall be placed behind the front, side and rear setback
of the district.
(2) Dimensions.
(a) Maximum Height. Digital billboards shall not exceed 65' in height. Digital
billboard height is measured from the street, road, highway grade that the sign is
oriented toward.
(b) Minimum Sign Area. Digital billboards shall not exceed 480 sq. ft.
(3) Display.
(a) Static Messages. Such displays shall contain static messages only, and shall not
have movement, or the appearance or optical illusion of movement, during the
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static display period, of any part of the sign structure, design, or pictorial segment
of the sign, including the movement or appearance of movement of any
illumination or the flashing, scintillating or the varying oflight intensity during
the static display period.
(b) Dwell time and transition time. Messages on digital billboards shall be displayed
for a minimum dwell time of eight (8) seconds and maximum transition time
between messages shall not exceed one (1) second.
( 4) Lighting.
(a) Maximum brightness. Digital billboards shall not operate at brightness levels of
more than 0.3 foot candles above ambient light, as measured using a foot candle
meter at a distance of200' for a 1 0'6 x 36' board and 150' for a 12 x 24 board.
Documentation shall be provided to the City at time of permit issuance certifying
the digital billboard has been set to be incapable of exceeding 0.3 foot candles
above ambient light.
(b) Light sensing device. Each display must have a light sensing device that will
adjust the brightness as ambient light conditions change.
(5) Separation Requirements.
(a) Distance from residential. Digital billboards shall be prohibited within 250 feet
of a residentially zoned property.
(b) Distance from intersection. Digital billboards shall be prohibited within 150 feet
of an intersection with a traffic signal, measured from the centerline of the
intersection.
(c) Distance from other digital billboards. Digital billboards shall be located such
that the minimum spacing requirements from other digital billboards on the same
side of street is 2500ft and 1 OOOft if on the opposite side of the street.
(6) Malfunction default. Each digital billboard shall have a default mechanism built in
to either tum the display off or show "full black" on the display in the event of a
malfunction.
(7) Display technology. The technology currently being deployed for digital billboards
is LED (light emitting diode), but there may be alternate, preferred and Superior
technology available in the future.
(8) Display of emergency information. Owners of digital billboards are encouraged to
coordinate with the local authorities to display, when appropriate, emergency
information important to the traveling public including, but not limited to Amber
Alerts or emergency management information.
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Section 4: That paragraph (b) of Section 3: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby amended
by deleting the period (.) after the word "located" in line 4 and replacing it with a comma(,) and
adding the following words after the word "located" in line 4:
"or digital billboards as addressed in subsection (f) to paragraph F. I District in
Section 7: hereof."
Section 5: That paragraph (g) of Section 3: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby amended
by deleting the words,
"conducted, sold or offered on the same Lot."
in Line 2: and adding a period(.) after the word entertainment.
Section 6: That paragraph (a) of Section 6: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby amended
by deleting these words in the 3'd line,
"off-premise signs (except yard sale signs),".
Section 7: That paragraph (g) of Section 6: of Ordinance 2007-09 is hereby amended
by adding the following sentence at the end of the heretofore existing text,
"This regulation shall not apply to digital billboards as addressed in subsection (f)
to paragraph F. I District in Section 7: hereof."
Section 8: All ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict herewith are
hereby expressly repealed to the extent of such conflict and Ordinance 2007-09 except as
hereby amended or repealed is hereby ratified and confirmed.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of February, 2011.
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