AN ORDINANCE AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF VERNON HILLS, CHAPTER 19 – SIGNS, RELATING TO BUILDING-MOUNTED SIGNS, RECOGNIZED TESTING AGENCIES, AND PENALTIES.
WHEREAS, the President and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Vernon Hills is authorized to prescribe the legal framework for the comprehensive and balanced display of exterior signage throughout the Village of Vernon Hills; and
WHEREAS, in the legislative judgment of the President and Board of Trustees found that in order to protect the physical appearance of the Village and to assure the compatibility of exterior signage with surrounding land uses, regulations are needed to facilitate easy and pleasant communication between the general public and sign users who promote their goods, services, or property; and
WHEREAS, the President and Board of Trustees, being fully appraised of the various definitions, standards, and circumstances used by various entities to promote their goods, services, or property, found that in its judgment, would justify it in approving an ordinance amendment to clarify certain provisions of the existing sign ordinance; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF VERNON HILLS, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION I. That Chapter 19, Section 19-3(c)(6)(a) of the Village of Vernon Hills Code of Ordinances, is repealed and in its place is approved to read as follows.
(a) Building-mounted signs. Except as provided below, a single flat wall sign may be located on the building wall, fascia, or canopy (marquee). Signs shall not project perpendicularly from the building or project above the roofline. Under-canopy, identity, or directional signs shall not exceed three square feet.
Total sign area: one square foot of sign area is permitted for each lineal foot of building frontage with the maximum total sign area not to exceed 150 square feet. Buildings set back a distance of 250 feet or more from the public street shall be permitted a wall sign calculated in accordance with the aforementioned formula or up to three percent of the total building face, whichever is greater. Where two or more tenants occupy the same building and have separate building entrances, each tenant is entitled to a building-mounted sign. Said signs shall be the same or similar in size, letter style, and color so to present a compatible appearance to the general public.
Building-mounted signs are prohibited on single and multi-tenant office buildings.
SECTION II. That Chapter 19, Section 19-3(c)(8)(a) of the Village of Vernon Hills Code of Ordinances, is repealed and in its place is approved to read as follows.
(a) All signs shall comply with the construction standards of the most recent adopted edition of the International Building Code and the National Electric Code. All internally illuminated signs shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing lab.
SECTION III. That Chapter 19, Section 19-8(h) of the Village of Vernon Hills Code of Ordinances, is repealed and in its place is approved to read as follows.
(h) No exposed gas-filled discharge tubing (neon or similar) shall be used on the exterior surface of any sign or be visible through a sign face. All internally illuminated gas-filled discharge tubing signs shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing lab.
SECTION IV. That Chapter 19, Section 19-12 of the Village of Vernon Hills Code of Ordinances, is repealed and in its place is approved to read as follows.
Sec. 19-12. Penalties.
Any person guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not less than one hundred $100 nor more than one thousand $1000 for each offense, and each separate day upon which each violation exists shall continue a separate offense.
SECTION V. Severability. In the event that any section, clause, provision, or part of this ordinance shall be found and determined to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid parts shall remain in full force and effect. If any part of this ordinance is found to be invalid in any one or more of its several applications, all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications shall remain in effect.
SECTION VI. Repeal and Savings Clause. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall affect any rights, actions or causes of action which shall have accrued to the Village of Vernon Hills prior to the effective date of this ordinance.
SECTION VII. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication in pamphlet form as provided by law.
SECTION VIII. This ordinance shall be known as Ordinance 2003-48.
Adopted by roll call vote as follows:
Absent and not voting:
Published in pamphlet form: