zMod - Proposed Amendment to Sign Provisions

This proposed amendment focuses on:

  • Rewriting existing regulations in a “content neutral” manner
  • Reorganizing regulations into a more user-friendly format
  • Make certain minor policy changes to the regulations

Why Changes Are Proposed

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sign regulations may not make restrictions based on their content or message (at least on non-commercial speech). The county’s existing zoning ordinance regulates and/or classifies certain sign types based, in whole or in part, on the message of the sign.

As an example, our ordinance (Par. 13.B)  says:

One (1) freestanding building identification sign may be permitted for each detached building which houses a principal use within an office park. Such sign(s) shall be limited to identifying the name of the building and/or the individual enterprises located therein, the address, trademark or identifying symbol or any combination thereof. No such sign shall exceed twenty (20) square feet in area or eight (8) feet in height or be located closer than ten (10) feet to any lot line.

What's Proposed

The main focus is to rewrite the current sign regulations to be content-neutral.

In general, the ordinance does not make changes to the size of permanent signs, but it does propose changes to sizes for temporary signs and wall signs for industrial and commercial use.

Learn More

Amendment Schedule

BOS Development Process Committee

Authorization of concept by BOS

Citizen Working Group

PC Land Use Process Committee

BOS Development Process Committee / Draft Text

BOS Authorization with Text

Planning Commission Public Hearing

BOS Public Hearing

July 18

July 25

July - September





January 2018

Zoning Ordinance Modernization


Watch a Presentation to the Board of Supervisors on July 18, 2017



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