It is that time of year again when we will see election signs posted throughout the Township. Here are some basic guidelines regarding the placement of such signs, as per the Township Zoning Ordinance.
These signs, defined as Issue Signs, are signs that direct attention to an opinion of a public or private nature, such as, but not limited to, a community, social, religious, political, or ballot issue.
Please be aware that no such sign is permitted within the street right-of-way, unless approved by the Township or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Signs located within the street right-of-way may be removed by the Township.
No signs shall be painted, pasted, nailed, stapled, taped or otherwise attached to utility poles, trees, fences, fire hydrants, speed limit sign posts, signal control boxes, Township owned utilities, or in an unauthorized manner to walls or other signs, except insofar as such signs comply with generally applicable rules, regulations, or policies formally adopted by the governing body.
Any sign placed on a property without the owner’s permission or consent, may be removed by the owner. This includes all Township owned property.
In a residential zoning district, a six (6) square foot sign is permitted. This sign shall be placed no less than ten (10) feet back from the street right-of-way and be no higher than six feet. In an institutional, business or industrial zoning district, signs are permitted with a maximum square footage of 32 feet. This sign shall be placed no less than ten feet from the street right-of-way and may not be higher than ten (10) feet. One such sign may be placed per street frontage. In other words, one sign per property, unless that property is a corner property. A second sign may be placed facing the second street frontage when the property is a corner property.
The areas surrounding all signs shall be maintained in a neat, clean, and attractive condition.
While there is no time limit for the display of such signs, the general rule is for all such signs to be removed within three months, if the purpose for which they were erected no longer exists.