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B-2 Zoning, City of Harrisonburg:

Article Q

B-2 General Business District

     Sec. 10-3-88. - GENERAL

The regulations set forth in this article or set forth elsewhere in this chapter when referred to in this article are the “B-2” General Business District Regulations.

     Sec. 10-3-89. PURPOSE OF DISTRICT

This district is intended to provide sufficient space in appropriate locations for a wide variety of retail shopping, commercial, automotive, and miscellaneous recreational and service activities, generally serving the City, a wide area of the region, and the traveling public and generally located along major thoroughfares or near development centers where a general mixture of commercial and service activity now exists or is planned, but which uses are not characterized by extensive warehousing, frequent heavy trucking activity, or the nuisance factors of dust, odor, and noise, associated with manufacturing.

     Sec. 10-3-90. USES PERMITTED BY RIGHT

The following uses are permitted by right:

1. Mercantile establishments which promote the show, sale and rental of goods, personal service establishments, restaurants and other shops and stores customary to shopping centers and convenience outlets.

2. Governmental, business, and professional offices and financial institutions.

3. Hotels, motels and similar types of transient accommodations. Non-transient housing facilities are not permitted nor may existing housing facilities be expanded.

4. Theaters, community rooms, museums and galleries and other places of assembly for the purpose of entertainment or education. In addition, customary recreational and leisure time activities which are compatible with surrounding uses are permitted.

5. Religious, educational, charitable or benevolent institutional uses which do not provide housing facilities.

6. Service stations, bus terminals and other facilities designed for vehicular convenience or service, automobile, mobile home and customary agricultural sales and service. In addition, designated lots for the purpose of display and sales of merchandise and equipment are permitted but such lots must be served by a permanent building facility unless clearly incidental to an existing building.

7. Automobile or truck sales, service and repair, including body or fender repair, but not auto salvage, storage or sale of junk.

8. General service or repair shops permitted by right in the B-1 Central Business District but without the limitation as to the number of employees.

9. Pet shop or pet grooming establishment, and animal hospitals.

10. Radio and television stations and studios or recording studios.

11.
Public utilities, public service or public transportation uses of buildings, generating, purification or treatment plants, water storage tanks, pumping or regulator stations, telephone exchange and transformer or substations.

12.
Warehousing and other storage facilities with floor area limited to 20,000 square feet, which are contiguous to permitted uses in this district.

13.
Funeral homes.

14.
Public and privately owned parking lots and parking garages.

15.
Accessory buildings and uses customarily incidental to any of the above listed uses.

16.
Research and development activities which do not cause any more smoke, dust, odor, noise, vibration or danger of explosion than other uses permitted in this district and which involve no more than fifteen (15) percent of the gross floor area in the assembling or processing of products. Any assembling r processing shall only involve products developed on the premises. All services and storage shall be conducted within the principal structure which is to be completely enclosed.

17.
Plant nurseries and greenhouses provided any outside storage of materials, other than plants, must be screened.

18.
Public uses.

     Sec. 10-3-91 USES PERMITTED ONLY BY SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Not included

     Sec. 10-3-92 AREA AND DIMENSIONAL REGULATIONS

Except as provided in Article S, the following area and dimensional regulations shall apply:

MINIMUM SETBACK:

Front – Thirty (30) feet.

Side – Ten (10) feet, except on the side of a lot abutting a residential district, then thirty (30) feet; provided that for any building greater than thirty-five (35) feet in height which abuts a residential district, then one additional foot of setback is required for each foot above thirty-five (35) feet.

Rear – Ten (10) feet, except on the side of a lot abutting a residential district, then thirty (30) feet; provided that for any building greater than thirty-five (35) feet in height which abuts a residential district, then one additional foot of setback is required for each foot above thirty-five (35) feet.

MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT:

Stories – Six (6), not to exceed 75 feet for structures designed for human occupancy in all or in part of said structures.

Structures not designed for human occupancy but which may provide accessory uses such as parking facilities shall be restricted to 75 feet in height.

     Sec. 10-3-93 OTHER REGULATIONS

(a) Provisions for off-street parking and loading regulations within this district shall comply with article G.

(b) Provisions for parking lot landscaping regulations within this district shall comply with article G also.

(c) Unless modified or superseded by other ordinances which directly apply to the general health, safety and welfare of the public, all accessory storage of products to be processed or being processed, and supplies and waste materials resulting from such work, shall be completely enclosed within structures of permanent and durable construction. In addition, all on-site refuse containers or refuse storage facilities shall be located within a designated area and screened from general public view by means appropriate to the appearance of this district.

ARTICLE G OFF-STREET PARKING

     Sec. 10-3-25. OFF-STREET PARKING REGULATIONS

Off-street parking requirements shall be met as stated herein for all new buildings and structures and all existing building types included herein which are hereafter enlarged, altered and/or changed in use. For the purpose of implementation of this section, “well defined” shall mean the appropriate use of surface materials for vehicle use that clearly establishes and delineates the limits of parking areas and avoids off-site drainage conditions. Exemptions and modifications may apply, as stated within this section, in accordance with the following requirements.

(1) Definition of a “PARKING SPACE”: The area required for accommodating one (1) automobile or other motorized vehicle on private property, which shall be a minimum of nine (9) feet in width and eighteen (18) feet in length, not including passageways. Twenty-five (25) percent of the total parking provided may be designated for compact automobiles. Compact spaces shall be a minimum of eight feet by seventeen feet (8'X17') for regular spaces and eight feet by twenty feet (8'X20') for parallel spaces and that all such compact car spaces by clearly marked, using vertical signage, with the wording "Compact Cars Only".

(2) Definition of a “PARKING LOT”: A tract of land which is used for the temporary storage of motor vehicles or accessory vehicles.

(3) Definition of “LANDSCAPING FOR PARKING LOTS”: All parking lots for new buildings other than industrial sites requiring more than ten (10) parking spaces, shall include well defined and maintained landscaped areas equal to at least fifteen (15) percent of the total area to be used for parking, maneuvering and driveways on-site. Parking spaces shall be separated from all right-of-way lines and property lines by a landscaped border not less than ten (10) feet in width or appropriate visual elements such as walls or fencing, except along adjoining lot lines which lie within a shared parking arrangement approved by a special use permit allowing for a zero side yard setback. Landscaping interior to the parking area or within a thirty-foot perimeter of the parking are shall be permitted to count toward meeting the fifteen (15) percent requirement. It is required that hardy trees or shrubs which are regional species be planted or saved, and that all plantings and ground cover be either maintained or replaced.

(4) Definition of “LANDSCAPING FOR SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOTS”: Shopping Centers, as defined, shall provide well defined and maintained landscaped areas equal to at least fifteen (15) percent of the total approved parking area which shall include not less than ten (10) feet wide landscaped borders or appropriate screening adjoining all right-of-ways and property lines. Until the fifteen (15) percent requirement is met, rows of parking spaces shall be divided at intervals of from 8 to 12 parking spaces by a landscaped area at least five (5) feet in width and at least fifteen (15) feet in length. Intent of landscaping under subsection (3) shall apply.

(5) Where a creation of a paved or graveled parking lot may cause storm water run-off due to grade conditions, review and approval by the City Engineer’s Office is necessary before the improvement is to be made.

(6) In addition to the number of parking spaces required for new uses under this section, a change in use from existing single family dwellings to permitted multi-family housing units or other tenant housing facilities shall meet the following requirements.

A. Off-street parking spaces shall not be located within the established front yard area between the front property line and the building itself.

B. All areas on-site which comprise the off-street parking plan shall be visually defined by appropriate use of surface materials for vehicular uses which shall be duly maintained.

(7) In addition to the number of parking spaces required by use under this section, nonresidential uses permitted in residential districts shall meet the following requirements:

A. Nonresidential parking spaces shall be designated so as to Provide continuous visual separation of at least five (5) feet in width between parking and adjoining residential property, where applicable, by means of landscaping, fencing or ground cover. In addition, all areas between building setbacks and public street frontage shall be restricted to fifty (50) percent development for parking area.

B. All areas on-site which comprise the off-street parking plan shall be visually defined by paved or graveled surfaces which shall be duly maintained as a condition of the occupancy permit.

C. Non-residential parking areas, where applicable, shall comply with section 10-3-23 (3) “LANDSCAPING FOR PARKING LOTS.

(8) For all uses other than single-family and duplex, on-site parking shall not depend on the public right-of-way, other than alleys or transient easements, in order to maneuver into or out of parking spaces, and the moving of any vehicle on site shall not meet the intent of this section, except quadraplexes and townhouses which have an attached two-car garage and an adjacent driveway. Said garage and driveway. Said garage and driveway shall constitute three (3) parking spaces, regardless if whether it is necessary to move a vehicle parked in the driveway in order to maneuver any other vehicle parked in the garage or otherwise. This restrictive covenant of any such quadraplex or townhouse shall prohibit the conversion of the garage to either living or storage space.

(9) All means of ingress and egress for parking on lots fronting on more than one (1) public street shall be located at least twenty-five (25) feet from the intersection of property lines (right-of-ways) of such streets.

(10)
DWELLING: One (1) parking space for each new detached single family dwelling. Two (2) parking spaces for each duplex unit. For town houses and other multifamily dwellings, one and one-half (1 1/2) spaces for each dwelling unit with one bedroom, two and one half (2 ½) parking spaces for each dwelling unit with two (2) or three (3) bedrooms, plus one additional parking space for each bedroom when a unit has over three bedrooms.

(11) BOARDING, ROOMING, FRATERNITY OR SORORITY HOUSES: One (1) parking space per bed occupancy as approved by an occupancy permit. Parking spaces shall not be located between the front building façade and property lines fronting public streets.

(12) HOTELS, MOTELS, AND SIMILAR TRANSIENT HOUSING: One (1) parking space for each sleeping room or suite plus one (1) parking space for each four (4) seat capacity of dining and or assembly spaces. In addition, sufficient parking spaces for employees. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(13) HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, OR SIMILAR CARE FACILITIES: Two (2) parking spaces for each four (4) beds of the maximum capacity plus one (1) parking space for each attending physician. In addition, sufficient parking spaces for employees. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(14) CHURCHES, FUNERAL HOMES, AUDITORIUMS, THEATRES, AND SIMILAR USES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY (EXCEPTING SCHOOLS): One (1) parking space for each ten (10) fixed seats in the assembly use of the largest capacity (10%), or two (2) spaces for each ten (10) portable seats in the assembly use for the largest capacity (20%). When assembly users may borrow parking from other public or private parking facilities in close proximity, the Planning Commission, upon comprehensive site plan review, may modify these requirements. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(15) ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, JUNIOR OR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES OR EQUIVALENT FACILITIES: Proposed off-street parking spaces shall be programmed by the applicable school authorities as necessary to meet State Standards for use and consideration of site locations, then submitted to the Planning Commission for comprehensive site plan review. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(16) PRIVATE CLUBS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, CIVIC AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS NOT CONSIDERED PUBLIC ASSEMBLY: One (1) parking space for every ten (10) members (10%); on the same ratio of parking to persons permitted to use the facilities. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(17) COMMUNITY CENTERS, LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS AND SIMILAR FACILITIES NOT DEPENDENT ON PUBLIC ASSEMBLY OR SEATING: One (1) parking space for each two hundred and fifty (250) square feet of public floor area. as defined, plus sufficient parking spaces for employees. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(18) RESTAURANTS, CAFES, TAVERNS OR SIMILAR EATING AND/OR DRINKING FACILITIES: One (1) parking space for each one hundred (100) square feet of gross floor area. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(19) BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL OFFICES, MEDICAL OR DENTAL CLINICS, BANKS AND SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS: A minimum of three (3) spaces or one (1) space for each three hundred (300) square feet of gross floor area or fraction thereof; whichever is greater. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(20) RETAIL STORES, SALES ROOMS AND SIMILAR MERCANTILE ESTABLISHMENTS: If ten thousand (10,000) square feet or less of gross floor area, one parking space for each two hundred (200) square feet of gross floor area; if over ten thousand (10,000) square feet of gross floor are, one parking space for each two hundred and fifty (250) square feet of gross floor area. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

(21) MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, RESEARCH OR WHOLESALE STORES, TESTING LABORATORIES, ASSEMBLY PLANTS, WAREHOUSES OR SIMILAR FACILITIES: One (1) parking space for each two (2) persons working on the premises on a maximum working shift, plus parking space for every truck or other vehicle used in connection therewith. Modifications to landscaping requirements may be approved by the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission upon review of site plans.

(22) Dwelling, multifamily or institutional where at least ninety (90) percent of the units are to be occupied by persons sixty (60) years or more of age (other than nursing homes or hospitals): One parking space for each independent living unit plus sufficient parking spaces for employees. For assisted living units, one parking space for every two (2) living units plus one parking space for each employee.

(23) Institutional residential facilities (other than those with ninety (90) percent occupancy by persons sixty (60) years or more of age or fraternities or sororities): One space for every three (3) beds of the maximum occupancy plus one parking space for each employee.

(24) College or university academic buildings: One space for every four (4) classroom seats based on maximum capacity plus one space per employee.

(25) Nursing homes: One parking space per every four (4) beds of the maximum capacity plus one parking space for each employee.

(26) For all residentital uses, other than single family residential structures, all off-street parking spaces and drives shall be constructed of an all weather-stabilized, dust free surface which is clearly defined from adjoining on-site improvements. Should the parking lot surface not be installed during other phases of on-site development, then installation of the parking or driveway surface shall be assured through the posting of a performance bond with surety, cash escrow, irrevocable letter of credit or combination thereof.

(27) Auto repair and service establishment: Two (2) parking spaces per service bay plus one space for every two hundred (200) square feet of retail floor area; service bay is not a parking space. Also refer to subsection (3) above.

     Sec. 10-3-26. LOCATION IN RELATION TO BUILDING OR USE SERVED.

All parking spaces required herein shall be located on the same lot with the building or use served or adjoining lots within a zoning district permitting the same. A common or cooperative location, which provided parking for two (2) or more uses, shall be in the ownership of all of the participating property owners, or shall have permanent easement and maintenance agreements between the participating property owners, and shall have combined parking space equal to the sum required for the separate uses, except that the amount of space may be reduced by the planning commission for reason of different hours of activity among the various uses, and shall be subject to such arrangements as will guarantee the permanent availability of such space. When assembly uses propose borrowing parking from other public or private parking facilities which are properly zoned and in reasonable proximity, the Planning Commission, upon site plan review, may modify the number of on-site parking spaces.

     Sec. 10-3-27. COMBINING OR ASSIGNING SPACES FOR SEPARATE USES.

The required space for any number of separate uses may be combined in one (1) lot. At the time of site plan review when the total occupancy cannot be determined by use, the primary use or intent will be the basis for determining off-street parking requirement.

     Sec. 10-3-28. RULES FOR COMPUTING REQUIRED NUMBER OF SPACES.

In computing the number of parking spaces required, the following rules shall govern:

(1) Where fractional floor space results, the parking spaces required shall be construed to the next whole number.

(2) Whenever a building or use is changed or enlarged in floor area, or otherwise affects the necessary number of parking spaces, such spaces shall be provided on the basis of the enlargement or change in accordance with this section.

(3) Computations of parking space requirements on an employee basis shall be based on maximum number of employees on duty. Computations of parking space requirements on a person basis shall be based on the occupancy load of the building.

     Sec. 10-3-29. OTHER REQUIREMENTS

(a) All off-street parking spaces for handicapped persons shall conform with the most recent American Disabilities Act regulations.

(b) All off-street parking spaces, loading area, driveways, travel ways, parking bays and entrances shall comply with the city design and construction standards manual.

     Sec. 10-3-30. OFF-STREET LOADING AND UNLOADING SPACE.

Every building or structure used for business, trade or industry shall provide appropriate space for the loading and unloading of vehicles on private property and not depend on public streets for the maneuvering of such vehicles. Dependence on alleys or easements for loading/unloading and maneuvering may be permitted provided that such use does not obstruct the passage of other vehicles. Such space shall have access to a public alley or if there is no alley, to a public street.

     Sec. 11 SIGN REGULATIONS (the entire section is not included below)

     Sec. 11-5-3 - General regulations for all signs

The following regulations apply generally to all signs in addition to regulations for different districts set forth elsewhere in this chapter.

(1) No sign, unless herein excepted, shall be erected, constructed, attached, altered or relocated, except as provided in this chapter, until a permit has been issued by the director of community development or their designated agent. Before any permit is issued an application shall be filed in the office of the director of community development along with sufficient plans and/or specifications as is necessary to fully establish the scope and intent of the work and the total value of the signage including cost of installation. All signs, which are electrically illuminated, shall require a separate electrical permit and inspection. All permits shall become null and void when work is not performed within one year from the date on which the permit is issued. Fees for sign permits shall be in accordance with the schedule adopted by ordinance, a copy of which is maintained in the office of the director of community development.

(2) Structural and safety features and electrical systems shall be in compliance with applicable standards of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. In addition, no sign shall be approved for use when it can be shown that site placement may jeopardize site vision for motorists or pedestrians or otherwise present a concern for public safety.

(3) The following signage is exempted from the provisions of this chapter which requires a permit, but shall be in accordance with applicable safety standards:

- Official traffic signs or structures and provisional warning signs when erected or required to be erected by a government agency, and temporary signs which address dangerous conditions.

- Change of copy within existing sign perimeters.

- Directional signs which address only traffic flow or other functional assistance rather than advertising.

- Temporary nonilluminated signs not exceeding the size limits for permanent signs in any district, or height, and placed only for the duration of construction work in progress or real estate promotion, located on premises and limited to one such sign per each street frontage.

- Sign on a truck, bus, or other vehicle while in use in the normal course of business. This subsection should not be interpreted to permit parking for display purposes of a vehicle to which signs are attached in a district, which such signs are not permitted.

(4) The director of community development, or their designated agent, upon application, as required in this chapter, may issue temporary permits for the following signs and displays for a period of not exceeding thirty (30) days when, in their opinion, the use of such signs and displays would be in the public interest and would not result in damage to private property.

- Signs advertising a special civic or cultural event, such as a fair or exposition, play, concert, meeting, sponsored by a government, civic or charitable organization.

- Special decorative displays used for holidays, public demonstrations or promotion for nonpartisan civic purposes.

(5) Pennants, banners, streamers and all other fluttering, spinning or similar-type signs and advertising devices are prohibited, except for national flags and flags of political subdivisions of the United States, and except for flags of bona fide civic, charitable, fraternal and welfare organizations; provided, that during nationally recognized holiday periods, or during a special civic event, pennants, banners, streamers and other fluttering, spinning or similar-type advertising devices pertaining to said periods or events may be displayed by temporary permits as provided above in this section; and further provided, that the director of community development, or their designated agent, may approve a banner over main street as provided for in section 11-5-3 (18) of this Code and may approve special flags and flag poles when, in their opinion, they form an integral design feature of a building or group of buildings and not an ordinary advertising device.

(6) No flashing signs shall be permitted in any district.

(7) No sign shall be fastened to, supported by or be placed on the roof of a building and no projecting sign shall extend over the top of or above the roofline or parapet wall of a building.

(8) Applications for signs and displays, including off-premise advertising, which give rise to questions of interpretation of these regulations may be referred by the director of community development to the city council for the purpose of interpretation by the city council and recommendation for action on the application by the director of community development. If, in the opinion of the city council, the application is not adequately covered by these m regulations, the city council may amend this chapter.

(9) No sign shall be constructed, erected, used, operated or maintained which:

- Displays intermittent lights resembling, or seeming or resemble, the flashing lights customarily associated with danger or such as are customarily used by police, fire or ambulance vehicles or for navigation purposes.

- Is so located and so illuminated as to provide a background of colored lights blending with traffic signal lights to the extent of confusing a motorist when viewed from normal approaching position of a vehicle to a distance of twenty-five (25) to one hundred (100) feet.

(10) Permitted signs for a nonconforming business or industrial use in a residential district shall consist of those signs permitted in the B-1A Local Business District.

(11) Except as otherwise specifically provided in these regulations, all nonconforming signs shall be allowed to remain until said signs are destroyed or removed. Nonconforming signs cannot be enlarged in area or extended in height. A nonconforming sign, which is destroyed or damaged, to a greater extent than fifty (50) percent of its appraised value cannot be altered, replaced, repaired or reinstalled unless it is in conformation with this ordinance. A nonconforming sign which is damaged to an extent equal to or less than fifty (50) percent of its appraised value can be repaired or replaced by a sign having the same or smaller size and in the same location of the sign prior to its incurring damage. Any freestanding sign that is nonconforming as to height can be altered in message and/or have the sign removed and replaced, so long as the pole or support structure remains the same and is not removed or changed; once the pole or support structure is removed or changed then the sign must be replaced in conformance with this chapter.

(12) Except to otherwise provided, these regulations shall be interpreted to permit one sign for each permitted type, in accordance with applicable regulations, for each street frontage for each permitted use on the premises. For the purpose of these regulations, sign “types” are flat, freestanding and projecting signs, or special purpose signs specifically listed in the district regulations.

(13) Signs of permitted types and sign area may be placed on front walls or on walls of buildings other than the front nonresidential districts, except that signs may not the placed on side or rear walls abutting and within one hundred (100) feet of a residential district.

(14) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, all signs shall comply with the yard requirements in the district in which they are located; provided, that one sign, accessory or otherwise, may occupy required yards in a district where such sign is permitted by this chapter.

(15) Portable signs, on wheels, carriages or on fixed supports shall be considered as free-standing signs, be included in any measurement of permitted sign area, be limited to business and industrial districts, shall require a permit, shall not exceed thirty (30) days’ continuous use and shall not be placed on a public right-of-way.

(16) No sign, portable or otherwise, is to be placed or located to conflict with the vision clearance or other requirements of this chapter or applicable traffic ordinances.

(17) No signs shall be attached to trees, utility poles or any other unapproved supporting structure.

(18) No signs shall project over the public right-of-way except as follows: (i) signs as permitted within the B-1 Central Business District; and (ii) the director of community development or their designated agent may approve a banner to be erected over Main Street at its intersection with Newman Avenue upon the following terms and conditions: (a) Only nonprofit charitable or civic organizations may apply to erect a banner; (b) an application for the erection of a banner may be submitted no earlier than one year nor later than sixty (60) days prior to the erection of the banner; (c) the banner shall not be displayed for a period greater than two (2) weeks; (d) the banner shall not contain any logos or advertisements for any commercial corporations; (e) the applicant shall furnish the city with a certificate of insurance showing limits of one million dollars ($1,000,000)/three million dollars ($3,000,000); (f) should more than one organization apply for the same week, then the organization first applying and meeting all of the terms and conditions shall be approved and the other organizations shall be given preference should the same organizations apply for the same week the following year; and (g) applicant shall make arrangements with Harrisonburg Electric Commission for the erection and removal of all approved banners.

(19) The owner and/or tenant of the premises and the owner and/or erector of the sign shall be held responsible for any violation of this chapter. Where a sign has been erected in accordance with this chapter, the sign company shall be relieved of further responsibility under this chapter after final approval of the sign by the director of community development or their designated agent.

(20) All signs shall be maintained in good condition and appearance. After due notice has been given as provided below, the director of community development or their designated agent, may cause to be removed any sign which shows gross neglect or becomes dilapidated, or may cause the message of any sign to be removed, which, by reason of a change in occupancy, no longer relates to a use conducted on the property.

(21) The director of community development or their designated agent shall remove or cause to removed any sign erected or maintained in conflict with this chapter if the owner or lessee of either the sight or the sign fails to correct the violation within thirty (30) days after receiving written notice of violation from the director of community development or their designated agent. The cost for such removal shall be charged to the owner or owners of the property where the violation occurred and shall be collected along with state and local taxes, as provided under Virginia Code, section 15.1-867.

(22) Fees for sign permits shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) up to the first one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of sign value and ten dollars ($10.00) for each additional thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or portion thereof of sign value. Government, civic, charitable and nonprofit organizations are exempt from fee requirements.

(23) In the R-3 multiple dwelling residential district, R-4 planned unit residential district, B-1A local business district, B-1 central business district, B-2 general business district and M-1 general industrial district, all signs, with the exception of those signs referred to in sections 11-5-6(4) and 11-5-7(4) of this chapter, shall be limited to a total face area of not more than ten (10) percent of building front square footage along any one public street or one square foot per one lineal foot of site frontage parallel to principal street frontage, whichever is greater.

(Ord. of 4-23-96; Ord. of 11-12-96; Ords. (two) of 8-12-97; Ord. of 10-20-98)

     Section 11-5-6. The following sign regulations shall apply in the B-1A local business district; B-1 central business district and B-2 general business district.

1. All permanent signs shall be for on-premises advertising use, and when affixed to walls or other vertical façade features, shall be attached rather than painted upon facades so as to be easily removed upon vacancy of use or change of occupancy.

2. Projecting signs may extend no closer than two (2) feet from the vertical face of curbing along public streets and shall have a minimum height clearance of nine (9) feet above all right-of-ways for pedestrian use and fourteen (14) feet above potential vehicular use.

3. In the B-1A local business district and the B-1 central business district, projecting signs, other than directional signs, shall be limited to one per building per street frontage and size shall not exceed thirty two (32) square feet. In the B-2 general business district, projection signs, other than directional signs, shall be limited to one per building per street frontage and signs may be double faced

4. For a shopping center, or multiple tenant building, each individual business shall be allowed wall signage based upon one square foot of sign area for each linear foot of the outside exterior walls occupied by that business with the exception of the rear outside exterior wall. This wall signage is in addition to the total allowable sign area for the building as a whole.

5. Freestanding signs, other that directional signs, including pylon or post structures, shall be limited to in the B-1A local business district and the B-2 general business district, to a maximum height of thirty-five (35) feet above average grade conditions, shall not project over any lot line and shall not exceed a sign area of two hundred forty (240) square feet; and in the B-1 central business district, a maximum height of thirty (30) feet above average grade conditions, shall not project over any lot lines and shall not exceed a sign area of one hundred (100) square feet.

6. Directional signs which are restricted to public safety function rather than advertising, such as traffic flow, fire lanes and parking, shall be permitted as accessory signs and not included in the computation of sign area.

To the best of our knowledge these regulation are true and accurate. This is not a complete set of Development Regulations for the City of Harrisonburg. You should verify all information with the City of Harrisonburg.