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Legislation #: 140396 Introduction Date: 5/15/2014
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FORD
Title: Amending Chapter 88 by amending subsection 88-445-06-D, Signs in Residential Districts, Institutional Uses, to allow public schools and churches to install digital signs.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
5/15/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/15/2014 Referred to Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee
5/21/2014 Hold On Agenda (6/18/2014)
6/18/2014 Hold On Agenda (7/9/2014)
7/9/2014 Hold On Agenda (8/20/2014)
8/20/2014 Hold On Agenda (10/8/2014)
10/8/2014 Hold On Agenda (10/29/2014)
10/29/2014 Hold On Agenda (11/12/2014)
11/12/2014 Hold On Agenda (12/3/2014)
12/3/2014 Hold On Agenda (1/7/2015)
1/7/2015 Hold On Agenda (1/14/2015)
1/14/2015 Hold Off Agenda
4/22/2015 Hold Off Agenda
1/13/2016 Release
12/9/2016 Released

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ORDINANCE NO. 140396

 

Amending Chapter 88 by amending subsection 88-445-06-D, Signs in Residential Districts, Institutional Uses, to allow public schools and churches to install digital signs.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section A. That Chapter 88, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing subsection 88-445-06-D, Signs in Residential Districts, Institutional Uses, and enacting in lieu thereof a new subsection of like number and subject matter, said subsection to read as follows:

 

88-445-06-D. INSTITUTIONAL USES
A lot with an institutional use as its principal use, such as a church, school, government building, community center, or public park, may have:

1.            MONUMENT SIGNS

One monument sign per street frontage which may not exceed 32 square feet in area or 6 feet in height. One sign per lot may include changeable copy, but the changeable copy feature must use direct human intervention for changes and may not include any form of digital or electronic display. Such sign may be internally or externally illuminated.

 

2.            WALL SIGNS

One wall sign per public entrance, which may not exceed 20 square feet in area. Such sign may not include any form of digital or electronic display. Such sign may be internally or externally illuminated.

 

3.            INCIDENTAL SIGNS

a.       One sign per driveway is permitted, which may not exceed 42 inches in height and 6 square feet in area.

 

b.      Incidental signs must be set back a minimum of 10 feet from all property lines.

 

c.       Such sign may not contain a commercial message but may include the logo of the institutional use.

 

4.            INTERIM SIGNS

a.       One interim sign bearing a noncommercial message or a message related to the sale, lease, rental, or construction of the property. Such sign may not exceed 8 square feet in area or 4 feet in height.

 

b.      Additional interim signs not bearing commercial messages. No such sign may exceed 8 square feet in area or 4 feet in height. A maximum of 16 square feet of sign area is allowed per lot.

 

c.       During the period from 6 weeks prior to a public election to be held in Kansas City to 2 weeks after such election, each lot may display additional signs not bearing commercial messages. No such sign may exceed 8 square feet in area or 4 feet in height.

 

5. DIGITAL SIGNS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES

The Board of Zoning Adjustment may grant a special use permit to allow a public school or church to install a digital sign face on an otherwise allowable monument sign, subject to the approval criteria in 88-525-09, and subject to the following additional requirements:

 

a.       The message or image may not change more than once every twenty-four hours.

 

b.      Changes of image must be instantaneous as seen by the human eye and may not use fading, rolling, window shading, dissolving, or similar effects as part of the change;

 

c. Digital signs must use automatic level controls to reduce light levels at night and under cloudy and other darkened conditions, in accordance with the standards set forth in this subsection. All digital signs must have installed ambient light monitors, and must at all times allow such monitors to automatically adjust the brightness level of the electronic sign based on ambient light conditions. Maximum brightness levels for electronic and digital signs may not exceed 5000 nits when measured from the signs face at its maximum brightness, during daylight hours, and 500 nits when measured from the signs face at its maximum brightness between sunset and sunrise, as those times are determined by the National Weather Service.

 

d. The sign must be located at least 250 feet from any other residentially zoned and occupied property.

 

e. No commercial message or image may be displayed on such sign.  

 

Section B. That the Council finds and declares that before taking any action on the proposed area plan amendment hereinabove, all public notices have been given and hearings have been held as required by law.

 

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I hereby certify that as required by Chapter 88, Code of Ordinances, the foregoing ordinance was duly advertised and public hearings were held.

 

 

______________________________

Secretary, City Plan Commission

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

______________________________

M. Margaret Sheahan Moran

Assistant City Attorney