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32.32.020 Standards in the Commercial/Mixed Use, Campus Institution 2, Employment, and Industrial Zones.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176469 and 188959, effective May 24, 2018.)

A.  General standards and sign features.  The standards for permanent signs and sign features in the C, E, and I zones are stated in Tables 2 and 3.  All signs must conform to the regulations of Section 32.32.030.

Table 2
Standards for Permanent Signs in Nonresidential Zones and RX Zone [1]
  CE, CM3, EG1&2,EX, IG1&2, IH CI2, CM2, CX CM1, RX
Signs Attached to Buildings
Size Allocation • 1 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of primary bldg. wall if a freestanding sign is also on the same street frontage
• 1-1/2 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of primary bldg. wall if there is no freestanding sign on the same street frontage
Same Same
Maximum Number No limit within size allocation Same Same
Maximum Area Per Sign 200 sq. ft. 100 sq. ft. 50 sq. ft.
Min. Guaranteed Sign Area For A Ground Floor Tenant Space 32 sq. ft. Same Same
Types Allowed
Fascia, Awning, Marquee, Pitched Roof, Painted Wall Yes Yes Yes
Projecting Yes, but no projecting signs if a freestanding sign is also on the same street frontage Same Same
Rooftop No No No
Freestanding Signs
Maximum Number 1 per site or 1 per 300 ft. of arterial street frontage and 1 for each additional 300 ft. or fraction thereof [2]. 1 per arterial street frontage [3] 1 per arterial street frontage [3]
When Not Allowed Not allowed if there is already a projecting sign on the same site frontage, or if existing signs attached to buildings exceed the limit of 1 sq. ft. to 1 ft. of primary building wall Same Same
Size Allocation For All Freestanding Signs 1 sq. ft. per 1 ft. of arterial street frontage. Local street frontage can be used if there are not arterial site frontages. Same Same
Size Limit  200 sq. ft 100 sq. ft. 50 sq. ft. 
Maximum Height  25 ft. [4] 20 ft.  [4] 15 ft. [4]
Additional Signs Allowed [5]
Directional Signs, Portable Signs, Lawn Signs See Subsections 32.32.030 G-J

Yes = Allowed
No = Prohibited
Notes:

[1] Temporary signs are regulated under 32.32.010 K, Temporary Signs.
[2] On sites with frontages longer than 300 feet, sign area earned from the first 300 feet may not be used on the second sign. For example, a 350 foot street frontage may have a 200 sq. ft. and a 50 sq. ft. freestanding sign. Regional Trafficways that are not also Major City Traffic Streets are not considered arterial streets for purposes of this Title.
[3[ Where a site has no arterial street frontage, one freestanding sign is allowed.
[4] This height limit is for the total height of the combined sign face and sign structure.
[5] These signs may be allowed in addition to signs attached to buildings and freestanding signs when they meet the standards of 32.32.030 G-J.

Table 3
Sign Features for All Signs In Table 2
  CE, CI2, CM2, CM3, CX, EG1&2, EX, IG&2, IH CM1, RX
Changing Image Sign Features (see 32.32.030.D) Yes [1] No[2]
Lighting Direct, Indirect, or Internal Same
Maximum Distance Extending Into R-O-W (see 32.32.030.C) 6-1/2 ft. or 2/3 of distance to roadway, whichever is less Same
Maximum Area Extending into R-O-W (see 32.32.030.C)  30 sq. ft. Same
Yes = Allowed
No = Prohibited Notes:
[1] Changing image sign features are allowed in the CE, CI2,CM2, CM3, CX, EG1 &2, EX, IG1 &2, and IH zones if they meet the standards of 32.32.030 D., Changing image sign features.
[2] Changing image sign features are prohibited in the RX, CI1, and CM1 zones; except, changing image sign features are allowed in these zones if the sign is in, or adjacent to and facing, a sports field and meets the standards of 32.32.030 C, Changing image sign features.

B.  Signs adjacent to freeways or bridges.  The following regulations supersede those stated in Tables 2 and 3.

1.  Freeways.  For purposes of this title, freeways are Regional Trafficways that are not also classified as Major City Traffic Streets by the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan. These are the I-5, I-84, I-205, I-405 freeways, US Highway 30 between I-405 and NW Nicolai, and US Highway 26 west of the I-405 freeway.

a.  Sign faces that are within 100 feet of a freeway right-of-way, and that are visible from the freeway, may not exceed 200 square feet in area.  Adjustments or modifications to the standard of this Subparagraph are prohibited.

b.  Freestanding signs that are facing and within 100 feet of a freeway right-of-way or its on- and off-ramps are prohibited.  Freestanding signs that are beneath the level of the surface of the roadway are allowed.

c.  Changing image signs that are facing and within 100 feet of a freeway right-of-way or its on-and off-ramps are prohibited.  Changing image signs that are beneath the level of the surface of the roadway are allowed.

2.  Bridges.

a.  Sign faces within 100 feet of the Willamette River bridges or bridge approach ramps shown in Figures 11a-e, or within 100 feet of the Columbia River or Columbia Slough bridges or bridge approach ramps, and that are visible from the bridge or bridge approach ramp, may not exceed 100 square feet in area.

b.  Freestanding signs that are within 100 feet of the Willamette River bridges or bridge approach ramps shown in Figures 11a-e, or within 100 feet of the Columbia River and Columbia Slough bridges and bridge approach ramps are prohibited.  Freestanding signs that are beneath the level of the surface of the roadway are allowed.

c.  Changing image signs that are within 100 feet of the Willamette River bridges or bridge approach ramps shown in Figures 11a-e, or within 100 feet of the Columbia River and Columbia Slough bridges and bridge approach ramps are prohibited.  Changing image signs that are beneath the level of the surface of the roadway are allowed.

C.  Pedestrian districts.  In pedestrian districts as shown by the Arterial Streets Classification of the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan, the sign standards of the Central Commercial (CX) zone apply.

Figure 11a

Willamette River Bridges and Approach Ramps

Figure 11a

Figure 11b
Willamette River Bridges and Approach Ramps

Figure 11b

Figure 11c
Willamette River Bridges and Approach Ramps
Figure 11c
Figure 11d
Willamette River Bridges and Approach Ramps

Figure 11d

Figure 11e
Willamette River Bridges and Approach Ramps

Figure 11e