Dingman Township
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Zoning Ordinance

Legal Notice:  While every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, the material found on these pages represents an unofficial copy of the Dingman Township Zoning Ordinance.  When in conflict, the original signed official documents kept in the Township Building shall prevail.  Persons relying on this version shall do so at their own risk.


 

Article V - Signs

Table of Contents

Article I - General Provisions

Article II - Definitions

Article III - District Regulations

Article IV - Supplemental Regulations

Article V - Signs

Section 501 - Erection and maintenance of Signs

Section 502 - Signs in the R-1 District

Section 503 - Signs in the RU and ND-2 Districts

Section 504 - Signs in the CP District

Section 505 - Signs in the NC and RC Districts

Section 506 - General regulations for all signs

Section 507 - Lights

Section 508 - Non-Conforming Signs

Section 509 - Non-Commercial Signs

Section 510 - Off-Site Advertising

Section 511 - Temporary signs

Section 512 - Multi-family Dwelling Signs

Section 513 - Private Community Development Signs

Section 514 - Attraction Signs

Section 515 - Political Signs

Section 516 - Day Care Facilities Uses and Minor Day Care Uses

Article VI - Off-Street Parking, Loading and Unloading Requirements

Article VII - Administration

Article VIII - Enactment

Zoning Map


Zoning Ordinance

Article V - Signs

Legal Notice:  While every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, the material found on these pages represents an unofficial copy of the Dingman Township Zoning Ordinance.  When in conflict, the original signed official documents kept in the Township Building shall prevail.  Persons relying on this version shall do so at their own risk.

ARTICLE V  -  SIGNS 

Section 501 - Erection and Maintenance of Signs

Signs may be erected and maintained only when in compliance with the provisions of this Article and any and all other ordinances and regulations relating to the erection, alteration, or maintenance of signs and similar devices.

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Section 502 - Signs in Residential Districts

Unless otherwise provided for in this Ordinance, the following types of signs and no other shall be permitted in the R-1 Low Density Residential Districts. All signs shall be subject to all General Regulations specified in Section 504.

502.1  Signs advertising the sale or rental of the premises upon which they are erected, when erected by the owner or broker or any other person interested in the sale or rental of such premises, may be erected and maintained, provided: (1) the size of any such sign is not in excess of six (6) square feet; and  (2) not more than two signs are placed upon any property in single and separate ownership, unless such property fronts upon more than one street, in which event two such signs may be erected on each frontage.

502.2  Signs bearing the word "sold" or the word "rented" with the name of persons effecting the sale or rental may be erected and maintained provided the conditions in subsection 502.1 hereof are complied with and such signs are removed within thirty (30) days after erection.

502.3  Signs of mechanics, painters and other artisans may be erected and maintained during the period such persons are performing work on the premises on which such signs are erected, provided: (1) the size thereof is not in excess of twelve (12) square feet; and  (2) such signs are removed promptly upon completion of the work.

502.4  Trespassing signs or signs indicating the private nature of a driveway or property provided that the size of any sign shall not exceed two (2) square feet.

502.5  Signs of schools, colleges, churches, hospitals, sanitariums, or other institutions of a similar nature may be erected and maintained on the same premises to which the signs refer provided:  (1) the size of any such sign is not in excess of fifty (50) square feet; and (2) not more than two signs are placed on a property in single and separate ownership, unless such property fronts upon more than one street, in which event two (2) such signs may be erected on each frontage. Directional signs stating the name and location of such institutions may be erected within the Township as permitted as a conditional use. No such signs  shall be greater than six (6) square feet.

502.6  Signs advertising home occupations may not be larger than four (4) square feet, and may include the name, occupation, and logotype or trademark, if appropriate, of the practitioner. Such signs shall not be illuminated.

502.7  Signs advertising the sale of farm products when permitted by this Ordinance, provided:  (1) the size of any such sign is not in excess of six (6) square feet; and (2) not more than two signs are used; and (3) the signs shall be displayed only when such products are on sale.

502.8  Nameplates and Identification signs. Signs indicating the name and address of the occupant shall be no larger than two (2) square feet in area.

502.9  Signs erected by the Federal, State, County or municipal government to identify a Public Park or Playground as defined in this ordinance which signs shall not exceed 32 square feet.  No more than one sign per entrance may be erected except that the governmental unit may erect such signs as may be necessary to identify aspects of the park or playground or facilities or amenities located therein of a size of no more than 4 square feet per sign.

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Section 503 - Signs in Rural and Limited Neighborhood Development Districts

Unless otherwise provided for in this Ordinance, the following types of signs and no other shall be permitted in RU Rural and ND2 Limited Neighborhood Development  Districts:

503.1  All signs permitted in Section 502 for Residential District, except those further provided for herein.

503.2   Signs advertising  the sale and rental of the premises on which located provided they do not exceed  one (1) per property or manufactured housing park and thirty-two (32) square feet.

503.3  Signs advertising or identifying a business or trade, provided they do not exceed three (3) per property and thirty-two (32) square feet each in area. The total area of such signs on a given property, however, shall not exceed one (1) square foot per seven (7) feet of road frontage.

503.4  Sign directories for the purpose of advertising three (3) or more businesses or trades provided individual directory signs do not exceed 2' x 6' or fall below a minimum size of 1' x 5'.

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Section 504 - Signs in Conservation and Parks Districts

Unless otherwise provided for in this Ordinance, the following types of signs and no others shall be permitted in the Conservation and Parks CP District:

504.1  Signs advertising the sale or rental of the premises upon which located, provided they do not exceed one (1) per property and four (4) square feet each in area.

504.2  Name plates not exceeding two (2) square feet in area and one (1) per property.

504.3  Announcement signs for schools, churches and other institutions, not exceeding one (1) per property and six (6)  square feet in area placed on the same premises  as such institution. 

504.4  Signs for the purposes of identifying the location of a non-residential use, other than Inns, provided such signs are located on the subject premises and relate only to the use of that particular property.  Such signs shall meet the requirements for signs as set forth in Section 505.

504.5   Signs erected by the Federal, State, County or municipal government to identify a Public Park or Playground as defined in this ordinance which signs shall not exceed 32 square feet.  No more than one sign per entrance may be erected except that the governmental unit may erect such signs as may be necessary to identify aspects of the park or playground or facilities or amenities located therein of a size of no more than 4 square feet per sign.

504.6  Signs for the purpose of identifying the location of an Inn, provided such signs are located on the business premises and relate only to the use of that particular property and further provided that such signs do not exceed one (1) double-sided sign per property along a public street and sixteen (16) square feet each side in area.

504.7  Signs for purposes of identifying the location of a public or semi-public use shall be allowed, provided that such signs are located on the subject property and relate only to the use of the property, and shall not exceed two signs per road frontage, with no individual sign exceeding 32 square feet in area.

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Section 505 - Signs in Neighborhood Commercial and Resort Commercial Districts

Unless otherwise provided for in this Ordinance, the following types of signs and no others shall be permitted in the Neighborhood Commercial NC and Resort Commercial RC Districts:

505.1  All signs permitted in Residential, Rural, and Limited Neighborhood Developmen Districts except as further provided for herein.

505.2  Signs advertising or identifying business or trade located on the lot upon which the business or trade is located, provided that each sign is no larger than fifty (50) square feet and that there are no more than three (3) signs per property.

505.3  Signs erected by the Federal, State, County or municipal government to identify a Public Park or Playground as defined in this ordinance which signs shall not exceed 32 square feet.  No more than one sign per entrance may be erected except that the governmental unit may erect such signs as may be necessary to identify aspects of the park or playground or facilities or amenities located therein of a size of no more than 4 square feet per sign.

505.4 Signs for Multiple Use Sites.   The following regulations shall apply with respect to sign requirements within an office complex, shopping center, shopping plaza or mall, or a vehicle dealership of cars, trucks, farm equipment, recreational vehicles, motorcycles or ATV's that have more than one franchise.  The sign requirements are as follows:

            a.         Free Standing Sign

            Free standing commercial signs for office complexes, shopping centers, shopping plazas or malls or vehicle dealerships of cars, trucks, farm equipment, recreational vehicles, motorcycles or ATV's that have more than one franchise are permitted but shall be limited to one (1) sign per street frontage which identifies the entire complex.  Individual offices, stores or franchises within the site are prohibited from having individual free standing signs.  Free standing signs shall not exceed 100 square feet in area; shall be set back not less than twenty (20) feet from the street right-of-way; and shall not exceed the height of thirty-five (35) feet.  Signs under this subsection shall be exempt from Section 506.6 of the Ordinance.

            b.         Attached Commercial Signs for Individual Stores within a Shopping Center, Shopping Plaza or Mall

            The minimum lot size required for signs permitted under this subsection shall be 5 acres.  One (1) wall sign per business or franchise shall be permitted, except that corner businesses may provide an additional business sign on a second wall.  Corner businesses shall be defined as businesses on a corner of a multi-occupant building where two sides face one exterior public roadway.  Each business sign shall be attached to the wall of the building and shall project horizontally not more than 12 inches therefrom:  shall have not less than eight (8) feet of clearance underneath and shall not be more than twenty (20%) percent of the total area of the portion of the building face assigned to the business or fifty (50) square feet, whichever is less.  All such signs must be set back at least 50 feet from the property line.  An applicant may increase the size of any sign under this section under the following formula:  for every additional ten (10) feet of set back beyond the first fifty (50) feet, the size of any sign may increase by five (5%) percent up to a maximum of one hundred (100) square feet.  Such attached commercial signs shall not be higher than the top of the building fascia, roof line or parapet upon which they are placed.  Signs under this subsection shall be exempt from Section 504.4 (a) and 506.6 of the Ordinance.

            c.         Computation of Sign Area

            In computing square foot area of a double-faced sign under this section, only one side shall be considered, provided both faces are identical.  If the interior angle formed by the two (2) faces of the double-faced sign is greater than 45 degrees, then both sides of such sign shall be considered in calculating the sign area.  Signs under this subsection shall be exempt from Section 506.11 of the Ordinance.

505.5  Signs advertising  the sale and rental of the premises on which located provided they do not exceed  one (1) per property road frontage and thirty-two square feet per sign in the Neighborhood Commercial District and sixty-four (64) square feet per sign in the Resort Commercial District.

505.6 Signs listing  the developer, general contractor, major subcontractors, financial partners and similar firms on the premises on which commercial development is taking place provided they do not exceed  one (1) per property road frontage and do not exceed thirty-two square (32) feet per sign.  Such signs shall require a zoning permit which may only be issued after zoning approval and subdivision and land development plan approval have been granted by the Township for the project.  Such signs must be removed within 60 days of completion of the project.

505.7 Signs announcing the name and nature of a proposed commercial development on the premises on which commercial development is taking place provided they do not exceed  one (1) per firm per property road frontage and do not exceed fifty (50) square feet per sign.  Such signs shall require a zoning permit which may only be issued after zoning approval and subdivision and land development plan approval have been granted by the Township for the project.  Such signs must be removed within 60 days of completion of the project.

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Section 506 - General Regulations for all Signs

The following regulations apply to all permitted sign uses:

506.1  Signs must be constructed of durable material, maintained in good condition and not allowed to become dilapidated.

506.2  No sign shall be placed in such a position that it will cause danger to traffic on a street by obscuring the view.

506.3  No sign, other than an official traffic sign, shall be erected within the right-of-way lines of any street, unless authorized by the Township Board of Supervisors for a special purpose except as provided for in Section 513 herein.

506.4  No sign shall project over a public sidewalk area more than eighteen (18) inches.

506.5  Overhead signs shall be at least nine (9) feet high, measured from the ground or pavement to the bottom-most part of the sign.

506.6  No sign shall exceed the height of twenty (20) feet.

506.7  No permit shall be required for the erection, alteration or maintenance of any signs as permitted in  Sections 502 and 504 in Residential District

506.8  A permit is required for all other signs.

506.9  Each sign shall be removed when the circumstances leading to its erection no longer apply.

506.10  Signs located on the interior of a property and not visible in any way from a State or Township Highway or adjacent property shall not be regulated by this Article.

506.11  Each side of a two sided sign shall be considered to be a separate sign.

506.12 The area of the sign shall be construed to include all lettering, wording and accompanying designs and symbols together with the background whether opened or enclosed of which they display, but not including any subordinate framework or bracing incidental to the display itself.

506.13  Where the sign consists of individual letters or symbols attached to the building, wall or window, the area shall be considered to be that of a smallest rectangle or other regular geometric shape which encompasses all of the letters and symbols.

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Section 507 - Lights 

No flashing or oscillating light shall be permitted that by reason of intensity, color, location or movement or direction of its beam may interfere with or abrogate public safety.

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Section 508 - Non-Conforming Signs

Any sign not in conformance with these regulations shall be removed within five (5) years of the date of enactment of this Ordinance. The Township shall be authorized to remove said signs after a notice has been sent to the owner by certified mail at his last known address and a period of thirty (30) days has elapsed with no action to remove the sign by the owner.

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Section 509 - Non-Commercial Signs

In any zone, non-commercial signs shall be permitted as a conditional use. Non-commercial signs, under this Section, shall be defined as any signs that do not relate to a product, service, attraction or activity that is available to the public, or a portion thereof, for sale or rental. Any such signs shall be no greater than thirty-two (32) square feet in size on any one side. They shall be no closer than ten (10) feet to the street line of any abutting streets and shall be no closer than one thousand (1,000) feet to any other sign that is permitted or non-conforming.  In determining whether or not the conditional use shall be granted, the governing body shall apply the standards set forth in Section 404.

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Section 510 - Off-Site Advertising

Off-site advertising signs shall be permitted as a conditional use on Routes 6 and 739 only in the Neighborhood Commercial and Resort Commercial Districts and in no other locations. Any such signs shall be no greater than fifty (50) square feet in size on one side. They shall be no closer than ten (10) feet to the street line of any abutting  streets and shall be no closer than one thousand (1,000)  feet to any other sign that is permitted or non-conforming. In determining whether or not the conditional use shall be granted, the governing body shall apply the standards set forth in Section 404.

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Section 511 - Temporary Signs

511.1  Any sign(s) that refers to a particular and specific event, campaign, promotion or activity may be erected as a permitted use for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, provided that the sign(s) otherwise complies with the provisions of this Article. This Section shall not, however, apply to signs regulated by Sections 502.1,  502.2  and 502.3

511.2  A bond for the timely removal of any temporary sign shall be posted in accordance with a fee schedule established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time. In the event that temporary sign is not removed as required herein, the Zoning Officer or his or her designate may have it removed, and the reasonable cost of such removal will be deducted from the bond. The applicant will then be required to replenish the amount of bond used for the removal of the sign before any new signs are erected. Before placing any temporary sign on any property not owned by the person  wishing to place the sign, written permission of the property owner must be obtained. No free-standing temporary signs may be illuminated, and all temporary signs must be kept in good repair.

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Section 512 - Multi-Family Dwelling Signs

One (1) sign identifying a multi-family dwelling project shall be permitted on the premises of the project provided the sign does not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in size. One (1) sign identifying each residential building shall also be permitted, provided such sign shall not exceed one (1) square foot in size and shall be attached to the building. One sign for each common recreational building, structure, or area shall be permitted not to exceed six (6) square feet.  "NO TRESPASSING" signs not to exceed sixteen (16) square feet, shall also be permitted on the premises.  All signs allowed under this section shall be a permitted use.

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Section 513 - Private Community Development Signs

The following signs shall be permitted in Private Community Developments, being any development with ten (10) lots or more and having a private road access:

(a)        Community entrance signs, which identify the  development, shall be permitted   within the right-of-way of a private development road and shall not exceed thirty-   two (32) square feet.

(b)        No trespassing signs may also be permitted within the right-of-way of a private development road and shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet.

(c)        One (1) building identification sign for each building in the development showing the building name, number or letter shall be permitted and shall not exceed one (1) square foot.

(d)        One (1) identification sign per recreational building shall be permitted and shall not exceed six (6) square feet.

(e)                All signs allowed under this section shall be a permitted use.

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Section 514 - Attraction Signs

The Dingman Township Zoning Ordinance hereby incorporates into this ordinance PennDOT Traffic Engineering and Operations Manual, Chapter 1, Section 7 “Tourist Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) Policy”, and any future amendments thereto, by reference thereto.  A copy of that manual is attached hereto, made a part hereof and is marked Appendix “A”.   Attraction signs, for which a permit is previously obtained from PennDOT, are hereby permitted subject to the following conditions:

a.       no sign shall exceed 48” by 16”.

b.      no attraction signs shall relate to locations outside of the Dingman Township, other than neighboring municipalities with which Dingman Township has a reciprocal agreement.

c.       the location of all signs, as permitted by PennDOT, shall be subject to the approval of the Road Master of Dingman Township.

d.      attraction signs will only be permitted on state highways.

e.       all costs associated with such signs including, but not limited to, construction of the sign, installation, maintenance, replacement, state permit fees and township fees shall be paid by the applicant.  The Township will not be obligated to pay any fees or costs for signs erected under this provision.

 

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 Section 515 - Political Signs

Section 515 – Political Signs

a. Political signs shall be defined as temporary signs relating to the election of a person to public office, or a political party, or a matter to be voted upon at an election by the general public, or a limited group thereof or an issue of concern to the general public. The person, organization, party or entity responsible for any such signs shall complete and file with the Township a disclosure form, as provided by the Township, which lists the candidates or issues that the signs will support and gives the name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address of such responsible person, party or entity. Political signs shall otherwise be exempt from the permit requirements of this ordinance, provided that no sign shall be displayed for more than twenty-one (21) days following the election for which it is erected, if applicable. Such signs may not:

a.      Be placed closer than five (5) feet to the curb line or edge of pavement, as applicable.

b.      Be placed in a location where they create a traffic hazard.

c.       Exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in size.

d.      Exceed two (2) signs per candidate per property.

e.     Be placed on any on any utility pole, streetlight pole, traffic or parking sign or device, including any post to which such sign or device is attached, historical marker, or tree in the public right-of-way.

b. Violation of any provision of this section shall subject the responsible person, party or entity to the enforcement powers of this ordinance including, but not limited to, the removal cost provisions of 511.2, Section 706 and Section 707.

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 Section 516 - Day Care Facilities Uses and Minor Day Care Uses

A.  Day Care Facilities - Day Care Facility signs shall be limited in size and number to that generally permitted for a business in the subject district.

B.    Minor Day Care Uses

   1.    Minor Day Care Use signs shall not exceed one double-sided sign of a size not to exceed six (6) square feet.

2.     Signs indicating parking areas, the direction of traffic flow, the location of a building entrance, etc. shall be permitted provided that the sign does not exceed two (2) square feet in size and does not contain the company name, logo, or any form of advertising.

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