SYNOPSIS OF ORDINANCE NO. 004-20 OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA, AMENDING SECTIONS 9.5(15), 9.5(18), 9.5(19), 9.10(7), 9.10(9), 9.12(2), 9.12(3) AND SCHEDULE A OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE

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SYNOPSIS OF ORDINANCE NO. 004-20
OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA,
AMENDING SECTIONS 9.5(15), 9.5(18), 9.5(19), 9.10(7), 9.10(9), 9.12(2), 9.12(3) AND SCHEDULE A OF THE ZONING
ORDINANCE
NOTICE is hereby given that on January 21, 2020, the City Council of the City of Opelika adopted Ordinance No. 004-20. The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Sections 9.5(15), 9.5(18), 9.5(19), 9.10(7), 9.10(9), 9.12(2), 9.12(3) and Schedule A of Ordinance Number 124-91 (entitled “Zoning Ordinance of the City of Opelika”) (the “Zoning Ordinance”) relating to “Sign Regulations”.
Ordinance No. 004-20 amends the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Opelika in the following respects:

  1. Amends Section 9.5(15) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding Flagpoles and Flags. Allows illumination of the United States Flag. Provides Maximum height and maximum size requirements for in-ground flagpoles.
  2. Amends Section 9.5(18) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding freestanding signs. Revises maximum height and area requirements of freestanding signs. Revises maximum height and area
    requirements for freestanding signs in group developments. Provides standards for interstate signs on non-residential development sites. Adds a new subsection 9.5(18)(e) establishing standards for subdivision identification markers.
  3. Amends Section 9.5(19) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding wall signs. Establishes new standards for wall signs.
  4. Amends Section 9.10(7) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding sign permit applications.
    Revises content of application form.
  5. Amends Section 9.10(9) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding design requirements.
    Clarifies and updates design requirements and standards.
  6. Amends Section 9.12(2) of the Zoning Ordinance regarding luminance/brightness levels.
    Revises outdoor lighting standards. Provides the sign’s brightness level will be measured in foot-candles instead of nits.
  7. Amends Schedule A to Section 9.12(3) of the Zoning Ordinance entitled “Reduction of Non-Digital Billboards through conversion to, or replacement by Digital Billboards”. Provides a second alternative for minimum trades of existing billboards or legal non-conforming off-site commercial signs constructed prior to the adoption of the current sign regulations. Allows the trade of signs smaller than 225 square feet if the total of all faces exceeds 900 square feet.
    Revises standards for the conversion of non-conforming non-digital billboards to new digital billboards.
    Ordinance No. 004-20 was introduced by the City Council on January 7, 2020, and
    adopted on January 21, 2020. The effective date of the Ordinance is the date of publication of this synopsis. This Ordinance relates to planning and zoning and affects all properties within the city limits of the City of Opelika, Alabama. A copy of the full text of the Ordinance may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 204 South 7th Street, Opelika, Alabama.
    This Notice is given in accordance with §11-45-8(b)(2), Code of Alabama (1975) as
    amended. This Section allows the publication of zoning and planning ordinances in synopsis (summary) form.
    THIS NOTICE is given under my hand this the 22nd day of January, 2020.
    /s/ R. G. Shuman
    CITY CLERK OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA
    Legal Run 01/22/2020

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