Prior to the adoption of Ord. 19857 on 04/07/2008, Section 23-16 read as follows.


    (a) Billboards shall be allowed within sixty (60) feet of the nearest edge of the right of way of any interstate (I-70) or freeway (U.S. 63) in areas zoned C-1, C-2, C-3, C-P (if a permitted use under Sec. 29-17), M-R, M-C, M-1 or M-U, subject to the following regulations:

    (1)    Billboards shall be oriented toward traffic on the interstate or freeway.

    (2)    No billboard along any interstate shall be erected closer than two thousand (2,000) feet from another billboard. No billboard along any freeway shall be erected closer than four thousand (4,000) feet from another billboard.

    (3)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any area zoned A-1, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, PUD or RMH, or any equivalent county zoning.

    (4)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any residential structure.

    (5)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any church, school or park.

    (6)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any historical site or historical district so designated by the federal, state or city government.

    (7)    No billboard shall be erected closer than one hundred (100) feet from any on-premise freestanding sign.

    (8)    No billboard shall be erected within five hundred (500) feet of an interchange or intersection at grade. Such five hundred (500) feet shall be measured from the beginning or ending of the pavement widening at the exit from or entrance to the main traveled way.

    (9)    The maximum height of a billboard along any interstate shall be forty-five (45) feet. The maximum height of a billboard along any freeway shall be thirty (30) feet.

    (10)    The maximum surface area of a billboard along any interstate shall be two hundred eighty-eight (288) square feet. The maximum surface of a billboard along any freeway shall be one hundred twenty-eight (128) square feet.

    (11)    Billboards shall have only one sign surface area except that billboards may have two (2) sign surface areas if the surface areas are oriented in opposite directions. No V-shaped billboards shall be allowed.

    (12)    External lighting of billboards, such as floodlights, thin line and gooseneck reflectors are permitted, provided the light source is directed upon the face of the sign and is effectively shielded so as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed toward any residential structure or into any portion of the main traveled way of the interstate or freeway and the lights are not of such intensity so as to interfere with the residential use of property or to cause glare, impair the vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or otherwise interfere with a driver's operation of a motor vehicle.

    (13)    No billboard shall have wind-actuated elements or any material which glistens or sparkles.

    (14)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from a city greenspace access easement, greenspace conservation easement or greenspace trail easement.

(15)    No billboard shall have any revolving, moving, flashing, blinking or animated characteristics.

(16)    No billboard shall have any electronic, digital, tri-vision or other changeable copy display.


    (b) The following billboard regulations shall apply along all highways, other than interstates or freeways, where the city is mandated by law to allow billboards:

    (1)    Billboards shall be oriented toward traffic on the highway.

    (2)    No billboard shall be erected closer than one thousand (1,000) feet from another billboard.

    (3)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any area zoned A-1, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, PUD or RMH, or any equivalent county zoning.

    (4)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any residential structure.

    (5)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any church, school or park.

    (6)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from any historical site or historical district so designated by the federal, state or city government.

    (7)    No billboard shall be erected closer than one hundred (100) feet from any on-premise freestanding sign.

    (8)    No billboard shall be erected within five hundred (500) feet of an interchange or intersection at grade. Such five hundred (500) feet shall be measured from the beginning or ending of the pavement widening at the exit from or entrance to the main traveled way.

    (9)    The maximum height of a billboard shall be twelve (12) feet.

    (10)    The maximum surface area of a billboard shall be seventy-two (72) square feet.

    (11)    Billboards shall have only one sign surface area except that billboards may have two (2) sign surface areas if the surface areas are oriented in opposite directions. No V-shaped billboards shall be allowed.

    (12)    External lighting of billboards, such as floodlights, thin line and gooseneck reflectors are permitted, provided the light source is directed upon the face of the sign and is effectively shielded so as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed toward any residential structure or into any portion of the main traveled way of the highway and the lights are not of such intensity so as to interfere with the residential use of property or to cause glare, impair the vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or otherwise interfere with a driver's operation of a motor vehicle.

    (13)    No billboard shall have wind-actuated elements or any material which glistens or sparkles.

    (14)    No billboard shall be erected closer than five hundred (500) feet from a city greenspace access easement, greenspace conservation easement or greenspace trail easement.

    (15)    No billboard shall be erected farther than sixty (60) feet from the nearest edge of the right-of-way of the highway along which the city is mandated by law to allow billboards.

    (16)    No billboard shall be erected outside areas zoned C-1, C-2, C-3, C-P (if a permitted use under section 29-17), M-R, M-C, M-1 or M-U.

(17)    No billboard shall have any revolving, moving, flashing, blinking or animated characteristics.

(18)    No billboard shall have any electronic, digital, tri-vision or other changeable copy display.


(Ord. No. 12502, § 2, 2-5-90; Ord. No. 14205, § 1, 9-19-94; Ord. No. 15155, § 1, 3-3-97)

     Editor's note--Section 2 of Ord. No. 12502, adopted Feb. 5, 1990, deleted former § 23-16 and enacted provisions in lieu thereof to read as set out herein. The deleted provisions pertained to advertising along highway rights-of-way and derived from Code 1964, § 19.840.