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Record #: O2013-1629   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 3/13/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 13-20-680 by regulating off-premises signage
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Moreno, Proco Joe, Fioretti, Bob, Hairston, Leslie A., Sawyer, Roderick T., Munoz, Ricardo, Mell, Richard F., Austin, Carrie M., Colón, Rey, Sposato, Nicholas, Reilly, Brendan, Smith, Michele, Tunney, Thomas, Arena, John
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 13 - Building & Construction - Ch. 20 Building Inspection
Attachments: 1. O2013-1629.pdf
Related files: R2015-407
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago has legislative authority to regulate signage to promote public welfare by implementing aesthetic and environmental standards; and
WHEREAS, The US Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of local governments to enact strict regulations and complete prohibitions of commercial off-premise signs; and' ,
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago Zoning Code currently distinguishes between on-premise.and off-premise signage with respect to appropriate locations, size, height, and type of such signage and such a distinction has been upheld by the Illinois Appellate Court; and '¦
WHEREAS, Local Alderman currently are vested with the authority to approve or deny various requests for signage that :- •
exceeds certain size and height limitations based upon an objective assessment of whether such requests are reasonable
given the .characteristics of the proposed signage and location; and v 1
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WHEREAS, The proliferation of active display advertising signage poses a threat to. the quality and character of the City of Chicago's neighborhoods through adverse effects associated with aesthetics, traffic safety, light pollution ; now therefore

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO: , ¦ ¦ SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressively incorporated herein and made part hereof.
SECTION 2. Chapter 13-20-680 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended byjiemoving strikethrough text and including a new section boldfaced in italics and underscored as follows: ,
j v 13-20-680 Council approval. ,\;. '¦ • -;
A city council order approving a sign shall be required in addition to the normal permit for any sign which meets either of the following criteria: ,Is an off-premise sign as defined in Section 17-17-0106-A Off-premise signs
exceeds 100 feet2 (9.3 m2) in area or any roof pr ground sign, stricture or signboard over 24 feet (7.32 m) in height. Beforejhe application for a permit for such sign is filed with...

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